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  • Iwate Prefecture is the second largest prefecture after Hokkaido.
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Miyako City is the easternmost place on the main island of Japan. Iwate is also known for the birthplace of a famous writer, Kenji Miyazawa.

Jodogahama Beach is a popular beach with white sand, overlooking jagged white rocks, green pines and the deep blue sea, making it one of the most scenic spots. Ryusendo Cave, one of the Three Great Limestone Caves in Japan is also a popular tourist spot. This cave is one of Japan’s natural treasures along with the bats inhabiting the cave. It was closed in 2016 due to the severe damage caused by the heavy rain but reopened in March in 2017. Iwate specialities include Wakame seaweed, Maesawa Beef and Nanbu cast ironware. Iwate Prefecture’s Wakame seaweed is number one in Japan. Wakame seaweed is known for its thickness and texture.




  • Nambu cast ironware
  • Jodogahama Beach
  • Maesawa Beef
  • Ryusendo Cave