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Hoonji Temple, 500 Buddhist Disciples  ( statues )  ( Morioka City ) 

Once you enter a small alley from Teramachidori  ( Temple Street ) , you will step into a world of serenity away from the city clamor; then, suddenly appears the magnificent gate of Hoonji Temple, a historical Zen-sect temple. The temple is known for its statues known as 500 Buddhist Disciples, which were made between 1731 and 1735 by 9 Buddhist image sculptors from Kyoto. The number “500” is not literal but a figure of speech meaning “many.” There are actually 499 lacquered wooden statues, each with a different expression and pose; you might be able to find statues of Marco Polo and Kublai Khan among them.
No photos in the Temple.

General information

Hoonji Temple
31-5 Nasukawa-cho, Morioka City, Iwate
Hours: 9:00-16:00 Open every day
Admission: adults 300 yen; elementary school students 100 yen
Inquiries: 019-651-4415

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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

Bus from JR Morioka Station
Matsuzono-Morioka Station Line; Kitayama Line; Sakura Danchi Line
Get on at Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 11 Get off at Kitayama; 5 min. on foot from the stop 10 min. ride
Buses from 7:57 to 19:15 8 buses a day  ( weekdays only ) 
019-662-2111  ( Iwateken Kotsu Matsuzono 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 25 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
Morioka Station

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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