Iwate, Japan Feb. 21 Tues 7:22AM
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.