Iwate, Japan Jan. 24 Wed 8:40AM

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Japan Off the Beaten Path

Iwate Prefecture, or Iwate-ken, is located in the Tohoku region of northern Japan along the Pacific coast. Iwate is a rural prefecture known for its scenic beauty of rugged coastlines, soft pink cherry blossom trees, and historical temples. Iwate has the lowest population density of any prefecture on Japan's main island, Honshu, making it the perfect place to get off the beaten path in Japan. 

Cherry Blossoms in Kitakami, Iwate

Genbi River, Iwate

Like many other places in the Tohoku region, Iwate's coast was devastated after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. While the region is still in recovery, it is entirely safe to visit.

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Iwate is blessed with fertile land and beautiful nature. There are numerous mountains. Surrounded by the mountains are cities such as the prefectural capital Morioka and various historical sites such as those representing Hiraizumi Culture. Nanbu Ironware is one of the traditional crafts in Iwate Prefecture.

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