This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Pocket Travel 1

Exploring Iwate with Mio


  1. Morioka Castle Site Park:
    Mio visited the ruins of Morioka Castle, now a beautiful park. She enjoyed walking through the park and seeing the remnants of the castle walls. “The park is peaceful and offers a glimpse into history,” she said.
  2. Iwate Park:
    Mio strolled through Iwate Park, which is especially lovely during cherry blossom season. “The cherry blossoms here create a wonderful atmosphere,” she noted.
  3. Morioka Reimen:
    Mio tried Morioka reimen, a local cold noodle dish. “The noodles are refreshing and perfect for a hot day,” she remarked.


  1. Chuson-ji Temple:
    Mio visited Chuson-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. She was impressed by the Golden Hall (Konjikido) and the historical artifacts. “The Golden Hall is stunning and rich in history,” she said.
  2. Motsu-ji Temple:
    Mio also explored Motsu-ji Temple, known for its beautiful Pure Land Garden. “The garden is serene and beautifully maintained,” she commented.
  3. Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center:
    At the Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, Mio learned about the history and significance of the Hiraizumi area. “The exhibits provide great context for the temples,” she noted.


  1. Tono Furusato Village:
    Mio visited Tono Furusato Village, where traditional thatched-roof houses and folk tales come to life. “It’s like stepping into a storybook,” she said.
  2. Kappa-buchi Pool:
    Mio went to Kappa-buchi Pool, a spot associated with the mythical water creature Kappa. “The legends and myths of Tono are fascinating,” she remarked.
  3. Tono Folktale Village:
    At the Tono Folktale Village, Mio enjoyed learning about local folklore and traditions. “The storytelling here brings the culture to life,” she commented.


  1. Hanamaki Onsen:
    Mio relaxed at Hanamaki Onsen, enjoying the hot springs and the surrounding nature. “The hot springs are so relaxing, and the scenery is beautiful,” she said.
  2. Kenji Miyazawa Memorial:
    Mio visited the Kenji Miyazawa Memorial to learn about the life and works of the famous poet and author. “His works are inspiring and deeply connected to this region,” she noted.
  3. Rasuchijinoyu:
    Mio also visited Rasuchijinoyu, a unique bathhouse inspired by Kenji Miyazawa’s stories. “The atmosphere here is magical,” she said.

Sanriku Coast

  1. Jodogahama Beach:
    Mio visited Jodogahama Beach, known for its beautiful white rocks and clear blue water. “The contrast between the rocks and the water is striking,” she commented.
  2. Ryusendo Cave:
    Mio explored Ryusendo Cave, one of Japan’s three great limestone caves. She was amazed by the underground lakes and unique formations. “The cave is a natural wonder,” she said.
  3. Tsunami Memorials:
    Mio visited various tsunami memorials along the Sanriku Coast to honor the victims of the 2011 disaster. “These memorials are important for remembering and respecting the resilience of the local communities,” she reflected.
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