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Morioka Castle Site Park ( Morioka City ) 

 ( National historic site ) 
Morioka Castle was a beautiful three-story castle which served as the residence of the Nambu lords. Its construction began in 1598, and by 1609, Morioka had developed as a castle town. However, the age of the samurai eventually came to a close, and the castle was demolished in 1874. The site became desolate after the demolition, but it was revived in 1906 as Iwate Park; in 2006, the park was given a new nickname “Morioka Castle Site Park” to commemorate its 100th anniversary. Though the castle no longer stands today, you can still see the beautiful stone walls throughout the park.



Nitobe Inazo, who wrote Bushido: The Soul of Japan  ( 1900 ) , was born just across the river from the park; today, his monument stands in the park. There are many reasons to visit the park throughout the year: the Morioka Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring, the lush green foliage in the summer, the colorful foliage and music festival in the fall, and the illuminated stone walls in the winter.

General information

019-604-3305, Morioka Tourism and Convention Association

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Access

JR Tohoku Shinkansen
From Tokyo Station to Morioka Station: 2 hr. 26 min.
Morioka Station

Highway Bus
Dream Morioka Rakuchin-go  ( Tokyo to Morioka ) 
Yokohama to Morioka BEAM-1  ( Tokyo, Morioka, Miyako ) 
Urban-go  ( Sendai to Morioka ) 
Morioka Station

Loop Bus from JR Morioka Station
Morioka Central Loop Bus Denden-mushi  ( counterclockwise direction ) 
Get on at Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 16 Get off at Morioka Castle Site Park 7 min. ride
Buses from 9:00 to 18:45 Buses run about every 15 min.
019-696-3151  ( Iwateken Kotsu Tonan Office ) 
Morioka Station

Taxi
About 10 min. from JR Morioka Station
Morioka Station

Bicycle Rental
Sasaki Bicycle Shop 9:00-18:00 12 bicycles available 019-624-2692

Car
About 20 min. from Morioka IC

Tourist Information
Northern Tohoku Tourist Center 019-625-2090
Iwate Tourism Association 019-651-0626
Morioka Station Taxi Counter 019-622-5240
Morioka Station Bus Information Center 019-654-9360
Morioka Station JR Bus Ticket Counter 019-624-4474

Sightseeing Course

Taxi Courses
Morioka City 2-Hour Course A

Course Name: Morioka City 2-Hour Course A

Areas: Morioka Station; walk in Morioka Castle Site Park; Ishiwarizakura ( The Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree ) ; Iwayama Observation Deck; Morioka Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 6,000 yen/Medium 8,000 yen/Jumbo 10,000 yen
Time: 2 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Morioka City 2-Hour Course B

Course Name: Morioka City 2-Hour Course B

Areas: Morioka Station; Ishiwarizakura ( The Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree ) ; *Local History Museum; *Morioka Museum of Great Predecessors; Morioka Station *If Local History Museum and/or Morioka Museum of Great Predecessors are closed, will visit Morioka Takuboku and Kenji Seishunkan Museum and/or Morioka Nambu Cast Ironware Workshop
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 6,000 yen/Medium 8,000 yen/Jumbo 10,000 yen
Time: 2 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Morioka City 3-Hour Course

Course Name: Morioka City 3-Hour Course

Areas: Morioka Station; Ishiwarizakura ( The Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree ) ; Iwayama Observation Deck; *Local History Museum; Morioka Station *If Local History Museum is closed, will visit Morioka Brewery and Morioka Nambu Cast Ironware Workshop
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 9,000 yen/Medium 12,000 yen/Jumbo 15,000 yen
Time: 3 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Morioka City 4-Hour Course

Course Name: Morioka City 4-Hour Course

Areas: Morioka Station; *Local History Museum; Morioka Brewery; Nambu Cast Ironware Workshop; Morioka Station *If Local History Museum is closed; will visit Hoonji Temple, 500 Buddhist Disciples  ( statues ) 
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 6,000 yen /Medium 8,000 yen /Jumbo 10,000 yen
Time: 4 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Koiwai 2-Hour Course

Course Name: Koiwai 2-Hour Course

Areas: Morioka Station; Koiwai Farm Makiba-en  ( 30 min. ) ; Dairy Product Factory; Morioka Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 6,000 yen/Medium 8,000 yen/Jumbo 10,000 yen
Time: 2 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Koiwai 2.5-Hour Course

Course Name: Koiwai 2.5-Hour Course

Areas: Morioka Station; Koiwai Farm Makiba-en  ( 60 min. ) ; Dairy Product Factory; Morioka Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 7,500 yen/Medium 10,000 yen/Jumbo 12,500 yen
Time: 2 hr. 30 min.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Koiwai Farm/Handi-works Square 3-Hour Course

Course Name: Koiwai Farm/Handi-works Square 3-Hour Course

Areas: Morioka Station; Koiwai Farm Makiba-en; Morioka Handi-Works Square; Morioka Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 9,000 yen/Medium 12,000 yen/Jumbo 15,000 yen
Time: 3 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Hiraizumi/Gembikei Course  ( Out of City A ) 

Course Name: Hiraizumi/Gembikei Course  ( Out of City A ) 

Areas: Morioka Station  ( Expressway 1 hr. ) ; Yanagi no Gosho Museum; Chusonji; Motsuji; Gembikei; Ichinoseki Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 30,000 yen/Medium 38,000 yen/Jumbo 48,000 yen
Time: About 7 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Chuson-ji/Motsu-ji Course  ( Out of City B ) 

Course Name: Chuson-ji/Motsu-ji Course  ( Out of City B ) 

Areas: Morioka Station  ( Expressway 1 hr. ) ; Yanagi no Gosho Museum; Chuson-ji; Motsu-ji; Ichinoseki Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 25,000 yen/Medium 32,000 yen/Jumbo 40,000 yen
Time: About 5 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Hachimantai/Lake Tazawa Course  ( Out of City C ) 

Course Name: Hachimantai/Lake Tazawa Course  ( Out of City C ) 

Areas: Morioka Station; Aspite Line; Hachimantai Peak; Lake Tazawako; Koiwai Farm; Morioka Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 30,000 yen/Medium 38,000 yen/Jumbo 48,000 yen
Time: About 7 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Hachimantai/Lake Towada Course  ( Out of City D ) 

Course Name: Hachimantai/Lake Towada Course  ( Out of City D ) 

Areas: Morioka Station; Aspite Line; Hachimantai Peak; Oirase Stream; Lake Towadako
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 30,000 yen/Medium 38,000 yen/Jumbo 48,000 yen
Time: About 7 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Ryusendo/Rikuchu Kaigan Course  ( Out of City F ) 

Course Name: Ryusendo/Rikuchu Kaigan Course  ( Out of City F ) 

Areas: Morioka Station; Lake Gandoko; Hayasaka Heights; Ryusendo; Kitayamazaki; Unosu Cliff; Kuma-no-Hana Observation Deck; Jodogahama; Miyako Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 33,000 yen/Medium 40,000 yen/Jumbo 50,000 yen
Time: About 8 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Tono Course  ( Out of City G ) 

Course Name: Tono Course  ( Out of City G ) 

Areas: Morioka Station; Chiba Family Magariya; Tono Municipal Museum; Tono Folklore Village; Kappabuchi; Densho-en; Morioka Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) , or fare per vehicle  ( small/medium/jumbo ) : Small 30,000 yen/Medium 38,000 yen/Jumbo 48,000 yen
Time: About 7 hr.

Information: Taxi Counter  ( Morioka Station South Exit 1F )  tel: 019-622-5240

Express Bus Courses
Kuji Kohaku-go  ( Morioka-Kunohe/Kuji ) 

Course Name: Kuji Kohaku-go  ( Morioka-Kunohe/Kuji ) 

Areas: Morioka Bus Center; Kencho/Shiyakusho; Morioka Station West Exit Boarding Area 22; Joboji IC; Kunohe IC Odode-kan;  ( Kamihosoya, etc. ) ; Kuji Station Boarding Area; Kuji Office
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) : 2,200 yen  ( 1,100yen ) 
Time, etc: 2 hr. 32 min.

Information: Kenpoku Bus tel: 019-652-5151

Morioka-Kuji  ( Shirakaba-go ) 

Course Name: Morioka-Kuji  ( Shirakaba-go ) 

Areas: Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 1; Takuboku Kinenkan; Iwate-Numakunai Station Boarding Area; Kuzumaki; Rikuchu-Yamagata; Kuji Station Boarding Area
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) : 2,790 yen  ( 1400 yen ) 
Time, etc: 2 hr. 42 min.

Information: JR Bus Tohoku tel: 019-624-4474

Morioka-Iwaizumi  ( Ryusendo ) 

Course Name: Morioka-Iwaizumi  ( Ryusendo ) 

Areas: Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 1; Michi no Eki Mitakai; Iwate-Kogawa; Iwaizumi Byoin; Ryusendo
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) : 2,590 yen  ( 1300 yen ) 
Time, etc: 2 hr. 12 min.

Information: JR Bus Tohoku tel: 019-624-4474

Express Bus 106  ( Morioka-Miyako/Yamada ) 

Course Name: Express Bus 106  ( Morioka-Miyako/Yamada ) 

Areas: Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 7; Kencho/Shiyakusho; Morioka Bus Center; Kuzakai; Yamabiko Sanchoku-kan; Kawai; Moichi; Miyako Station Boarding Area 2; Jodogahama Park Hotel; Funakoshi Station
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) : 1,970 yen  ( 1,100 yen )  Additional 200 yen for Super Express reserved seat
Time, etc: 1 hr. 55 min.  ( Super Express Morioka Station-Miyako Station ) ; max. 3 hr.  ( Morioka Station East Exit-Funakoshi Station )  Some buses make limited stops.

Information: Kenpoku Bus tel: 019-652-5151

Tsunagi Hot Spring-Koiwai Farm Makiba-en   Late April to early November

Course Name: Tsunagi Hot Spring-Koiwai Farm Makiba-en Late April to early November

Areas: Tsunagi Hot Spring; Koiwai Farm Makiba-en
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) : 490 yen  ( 250 yen ) 
Time, etc: 20 min.

Information: Iwateken Kotsu tel: 019-654-7755

Hanazakari-go  ( Morioka-Hanamaki Hot Springs )    Late April to early November

Course Name: Hanazakari-go  ( Morioka-Hanamaki Hot Springs )  Late April to early November

Areas: Morioka Station West Exit Boarding Area 24; Hanamaki Hot Springs; Yumoto School; Shidotaira Hot Springs/Namari Hot Springs/Osawa Hot Springs; Shin-Namari Hot Springs
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) : 1,000 yen  ( 500 yen ) 
Time, etc: 1 hr. 20 min. Buses for Hanamaki: no reservation necessary Buses for Morioka: reservation to be made at your hotel/inn.

Information: Iwateken Kotsu tel: 019-654-7755
Hanamaki Bus Terminal tel: 0198-23-1020

Morioka-Hiraizumi Line  ( Morioka-Hiraizumi )    Early May to late November

Course Name: Morioka-Hiraizumi Line  ( Morioka-Hiraizumi )  Early May to late November

Areas: Morioka Station West Exit Boarding Area 4; Chuson-ji; Motsu-ji
Fare for 1 adult  ( 1 child ) : 1,400 yen  ( 700 yen ) 
Time, etc: 1 hr. 10 min. Buses bound for Hiraizumi will stop at Chuson-ji only to let passengers get off; buses bound for Morioka will stop at Chuson-ji only to let passengers get on.

Information: Iwateken Kotsu tel: 019-654-7755

Regular Sightseeing Bus Courses
Koiwai-go  ( get on at Tsunagi Hot Spring or Morioka Station; get off at Morioka Station ) 

Course Name: Koiwai-go  ( get on at Tsunagi Hot Spring or Morioka Station; get off at Morioka Station ) 

Time: 4 hr. 30 min.
Course: Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 8  ( 8:30 ) ->Tsunagi Hot Spring  ( 9:10 ) ->Morioka Handi-Works Square  ( 9:15~10:00 ) ->Koiwai Farm Solitary Cherry Tree ( 10:15~10:25 ) ->Koiwai Dairy Factory  ( 10:30~11:00 ) ->Koiwai Farm  ( 11:05~12:30 ) ->Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 8
Fare: adults 2200 yen; junior and senior high school students 1700 yen; children 1200 yen *Admission and Nambu Sembei baking activity fee included
*No visit to Koiwai Dairy Factory on Wednesdays and from 11/4 to 11/23 because the facility is closed Tour time provided at Handi-Works Square and Koiwai Farm

Information: Iwateken Kotsu tel: 019-651-3355

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Takuboku-go  ( get on at Morioka Station; get off at Morioka Station or Tsunagi Hot Spring ) 

Course Name: Takuboku-go  ( get on at Morioka Station; get off at Morioka Station or Tsunagi Hot Spring ) 

Time: 3 hr. 55 min.
Course: Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 8  ( 13:15 ) ->Takuboku Honeymoon House->Ishiwarizakura ( The Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree ) ->Local History Museum/Former Nambu Family Villa▲ ( 13:35~14:10 ) ->Iwayama Observation Deck/Takuboku's Hill  ( 14:20~14:30 ) ->16 Buddhist Disciples->Morioka Takuboku Kenji Seishunkan  ( 14:55~15:25 ) ->Museum of Great Predecessors▲ ( 15:40~16:20 ) ->Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 8  ( 16:30 ) ->Tsunagi Hot Spring  ( 17:10 ) 
Fare: adults 2200 yen; junior and senior high school students 1700 yen; children 1700 yen *Admission included
▲These facilities are closed on Mondays  ( or Tuesdays if Monday is a holiday ) ; 16 Buddhist Disciples and Asabiraki Brewery will be visited instead.
*Morioka Takuboku Kenji Seishunkan is closed on the second Tuesday of each month; Asabiraki Brewery will be visited instead.  ( Museum of Great Predecessors on 10/12 only ) 
*When the Ishiwarizakura ( The Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree )  is in bloom, there will be a 10-minute viewing time off the bus, so the schedule will be delayed by 10 minutes after the stop.

Information: Iwateken Kotsu tel: 019-651-3355

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One-Day Course  ( Get on/off at Morioka Station or Tsunagi Hot Spring ) 

Course Name: One-Day Course  ( Get on/off at Morioka Station or Tsunagi Hot Spring ) 

One-Day Course  ( Get on/off at Morioka Station or Tsunagi Hot Spring )  Time: 8 hr. 40 min.
Course: combination of Koiwai-go and Takuboku-go
Fare: adults 3500 yen; junior and senior high school students 3000 yen; children 2000 yen *Admission and Nambu Sembei baking activity fee included *Lunch not included
Dates: late April to early November                                             

Information: Iwateken Kotsu tel: 019-651-3355

Koiwai Farm Tour Bus   

Course Name: Koiwai Farm Tour Bus   

Time: 50 min.
Course: Production areas which are not normally open to the public, etc. *Guided tour
Fare: adults 600 yen; children 300 yen
Time: weekdays: 10:00 13:00 weekends, holidays, August: 10:00 11:00 13:00 14:00

Information: Koiwai Farm tel:019-692-4321

Greater Morioka Cherry Blossom Tour 

Course Name: Greater Morioka Cherry Blossom Tour 

Time: 9 hr. 40 min.
Course: Oshuku Hot Spring  ( 8:45 ) ->Hotel Mori no Kaze->Tsunagi Hot Spring  ( 9:00 ) ->Morioka Station West Exit  ( 9:30 ) ->Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree->Yonai Water Purification Plant->Ishikawa Takuboku Memorial Museum->Yutoland Himekami  ( lunch ) ->Kobozakura Cherry Tree->Koiwai Farm Solitary Cherry Tree->Koiwai Farm Cherry-Lined Street->Morioka Handi-Works Square->Morioka Station West Exit Boarding  ( around 16:30 ) 
Fare: adults 5800 yen; children 3500 yen *Admission and lunch included
Dates: every day from late April to early May
*Reservation required; minimum of 2 persons per bus *Morioka Resident Guides will serve as tour conductors   

Information: Morioka Tourism and Convention tel: 019-604-3305

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Rikuchu Kaigan Umineko-go  ( Jodogahama, Ryusendo ) 

Course Name: Rikuchu Kaigan Umineko-go  ( Jodogahama, Ryusendo ) 

Time: 9 hr. 50 min.
Course: Tsunagi Hot Spring  ( Aishinkan/Hotel Daikan/Hotel Shion )  ( 7:30 ) ->Morioka Station West Exit Boarding Area 6  ( 8:00 ) ->Miyako Station Sightseeing Bus Boarding Area  ( 10:10 ) ->Jodogahama Park Hotel->110 min. free time at Jodogahama  ( Islands Boat Tour 10:40 ) ->60 min. at Ryusendo->10 min. at Michi no Eki Mitakai Bunko->Morioka Teramachidori  ( Temple Street ) ->Morioka Station  ( 17:00 ) ->Tsunagi Hot Springs  ( 17:30 )   ( Hotel Shion/Hotel Taikan/Aishinkan ) 
Fare: adults 7000 yen; children 6000 yen
*You can go on Jodogahama Islands Excursion for a special fare of 1000 yen. *When Seafood Market is closed, fish shops in the city will be visited instead.
Dates: weekends and holidays from late April to early December; 4/29 to early May; every day from late July to early September

Information: Iwate Kenpoku Bus Charter Tour Division tel: 019-641-2222

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Summer Hachimantai Nature Bus

Course Name: Summer Hachimantai Nature Bus

Time: 2 hr. 15 min.
Course: Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 3  ( 9:40 ) ->Matchan Ichiba->Hachimantai Sakura Park  ( 10 min. ) ->Higashi Hachimantai Kotsu Center->Hachimantai Hot Springs->Matsukawa Hot Spring->Toshichi Hot Spring->Hachimantai Peak->Kuroyachi->Chausu-guchi->Gozaisho  ( 12:35 ) 
Fare: adults 1200 yen; elementary school students and under 600 yen *Admission included
Dates:Summer Hachimantai Nature Bus: 7/1 to 9/30
Fall Hachimantai Nature Bus: 10/1 to 10/24

Information: Hachimantai Tourism Association tel:0195-78-3500 ;Iwate Kenpoku Bus tel:019-654-5814,     

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Route Bus Courses
Morioka Central Loop Bus Denden-mushi

Course Name: Morioka Central Loop Bus Denden-mushi

Areas: Morioka City
Schedule: 9:00-19:00; every 15 min.
Fare: Adults 100 yen; elementary school students 50 yen 1-day pass: adults 300 yen; elementary school students 150 yen
Course and Time: Clockwise: Morioka Station Boarding Area 15; Asahibashi; Zaimoku-cho Minami; Takuboku Shinkon-no-Ie; Chuodori 3-chome; Chuodori 2-chome; Chuodori 1-chome; Iwate Idai; Honchodori 1-chome; Kaminohashi; Kaminohashi-cho; Wakazono-cho; Morioka Bus Center  ( Shinmei-cho ) ; Morioka Bus Center  ( Nakasan ) ; Kencho/Shiyakusho; Morioka Castle Site Park; Saien Kawatoku; Yanagi Shindo; Morioka Station Counterclockwise: reverse order Morioka Station Boarding Area 16 35 min. ride

Information: Iwateken Kotsu 019-654-2121

Seinan Loop 200

Course Name: Seinan Loop 200

Areas: Morioka City
Schedule: 7:55-18:00; 10 buses a day in each direction
Fare: Adults 140-200 yen; children 70-100 yen
Course and Time: Via Saien First: Morioka Station Boarding Area 5; Kaiunbashi; Yanagi Shindo; Saien Kawatoku; Morioka Castle Site Park; Kencho/Shiyakusho; Morioka Bus Center; Minami Odori 1-chome; Minami Odori 2-chome; Semboku-cho; Sembokukumi-cho; Nishi Semboku-cho; Shinkawahashi; Motomiya Shogakko Minami-guchi; Morisho-mae; Izumiyashiki; Hara Kei Kinenkan; Morioka Shiritsu Byoin; Sogo Pool; Ice Arena; Shimo-Ota; Sakaki; Ota Shopping Plaza; Shimokawara; Josei-cho; Yugaosebashi; Asahibashi; Morioka Station Via Shimokawara First: reverse order Morioka Station Boarding Area 10 42 min. ride

Information: Iwateken Kotsu 019-654-2121

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