Iwate (茧, Iwate-ken) is a large prefecture on the Pacific coast in the northern Tohoku Region. Its prefectural capital is Morioka. A former political and cultural center of the Tohoku region, the city of Hiraizumi is also located in the prefecture. Iwate's senic coast was badly hit by the March 2011 tsunami.

Top destinations in Iwate

1

Sanriku Coast

Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.
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2

Hiraizumi

Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.
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3

Hachimantai

Mountainous region with rustic hot springs.
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4

Appi Kogen

Leading ski resort in the Tohoku Region.
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5

Tono

Rural town known for its folktales and legends.
4.2 / 5
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6

Kitakami

Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.
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7

Morioka

Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.
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