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Untouched nature and the history of celebrities and the breath of great writers. Iwate Prefecture, a place where Japanese wild nature and intellect merge, is overflowing with memorable locations.

Southern bent house "Chiba family"

In Tono, Iwate Prefecture, which many literary writers loved as their “hometown of the heart”, there is the southern bentor “Chiba Family”, one of the ten largest Japanese houses.The southern bend house is a private house that is unique to this region. Tono, which has long flourished as a production area for Ryoma, has a lot of folk tales about horses.

The Chiba family is a typical southern bent house built in the Edo period, and stands like an old castle on the hillside. Everyone can be surely nostalgic to see the reed roof, earthen wall and stone wall surrounded by green trees and blending in naturally like a part of the mountain.
It also became the filming location for the movie “Shinoki”, and in 2007 the entire site was designated as a National Important Cultural Property.
The stable part is usually open as an exhibition room, but major repair work is scheduled for 2016. It is expected to be unavailable for about 10 years, but you can also enjoy the wonderful scenery from the park below.


Esashi Fujiwara no Sato is a vast historical theme park of about 20 hectares in Esashi Ward, Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture. This area is near the site of the Toyoda building where Oshu Fujiwara's ancestor Fujiwara Tsunekiyo and Oshu Fujiwara's first generation, Seiko, lived.
This large open set was created for the filming of NHK Taiga Drama 32nd “Homura Tatsu” broadcasted in 1993 (Heisei 5), and was maintained as a historical park that can survive after the filming ends. .
It is still known as “Michinoku no Hollywood” because it is still the stage for many drama shoots including NHK Taiga Drama. At some of the facilities in the park, you can also see the VTR at the time when the construction process was recorded.

In the park, based on strict historical evidence, the Tohoku ancient castle fence, Kiyohiko Fujiwara's residence, Toyota building, the government office of Mr. Oshu Fujiwara, Shuei's residence, Mandala Imperial Palace, Golden Hall, the symbol of golden culture, etc. Is reproduced in earnest. This is the only theme park in Japan where the Heian architectural complex has been recreated, and is a popular spot where you can experience the history and culture of Michinoku while following the path of Fujiwara Oshu.

One cherry tree at Koiwai Farm

One cherry tree in the vast farm of Koiwai Farm is one of the highlights of Iwate Prefecture. With the majestic Mt. Iwate as the background, you can't find anything other than the word “brilliant” standing in front of the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
This pasture is a field for harvesting pasture for cattle and other farms, but it was a pasture for cattle. Cows are not good at heat, so it is said that they were planted in the Meiji 40s as “shade trees” that protect the cows from the strong summer sun.
This spectacular cherry tree of Edhigan has appeared in many works such as the NHK TV series “Dondo Hare” broadcasted in 2007 and the drama “Winter Sakura”.


"Hachimantai" is a mountain group in the northern part of the Ou Mountains that extends from Iwate Prefecture to Akita Prefecture. The altitude is 1,614m. Various peaks of volcanic origin rise and fall, and countless swamps and marshes are dotted between them.
At the Hachimantai Aspire Line, which connects Hachimantai Hot Spring in Iwate Prefecture and Toroco Hot Spring in Akita Prefecture, you can enjoy a view of nature from Mt. Iwate to Hachimantai. There is also a promenade where you can see a variety of rare alpine plants while walking on a walking course of about 1 hour per lap.
The magnificent colors of the seasons that the untouched primitive forest shows, such as the lush greenery in mid-June and the vivid autumn leaves in late September, are breathtaking. In winter, a snow corridor is created, and its height makes us feel the severity and greatness of nature.

Coral Nest Cliff

One of the scenic spots that represent Kita-Sanriku is the “Coral Nest Cliff”. It features an overwhelming height that makes your feet scoop.
It seems that a huge screen was set up like the cliffs of about 200m in height, which were erected in a bow shape, connected to 5 layers. There are many nesting sites along the cliff, such as the nesting site as the name suggests, and nesting sites that are large eagle birds.
This magnificent view is also the stage of “Journey to the Stars” where Akira Yoshimura won the Dazai Osamu Award, and the literary monument of the same work is also built.
There is also a promenade to Shimakoshi, so you can see the beautiful white waves on the sandy beach while strolling.

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