The "Hidden-Beauty" Small Towns / Villages in Japan - "Iwaizumi Town" in Iwate Prefecture

January 17, 2016

Today I would like to introduce a small town in term of population, but a largest town among Honshu Island (Japan's mainland) in term of the space.  


Iwate Prefecture is located in the south-side of Aomori Prefecture and in the east-side of Akita Prefecture.  There are several highland mountain ranges on the west part of Iwate, while the east part of Iwate faces directly with Pacific Oceans.  


"Iwaizumi Town" is positioned in the centre between Morioka (the capital of Iwate Prefecture) and Omote town at the coastside in the east side.  The speciality for the town is very clean and clear natrual water resources available from many spring water points.



1. Basic Infomation on "Iwaizumi Town" :


- The Total Area:  992.36km2

- The Population: 9,543 persons (as of 2015)

- The Desity of Population:  9.62 persons / km2

- Railway:  Sanriku Railways (The nearest station is "Iwaizumi-Omoto")

- Main Roads:  Total 3 National Roads (No. 45 / 340 / 455)

- Bus:  JR Tohoku Bus, Higashi-Nihon Bus, Iwaizumi Town Bus and Iwate Prefectural Bus Networks

- Airport:  1) Hanamaki Airport and 2) Misaki Airport 



2. Main Industry:


- Fishery

- Tourisim 



3. The recommended spots for sightseeing near "Iwaizumi Town":


3-1  Ryusendo Limestone Cave:


- It is well known as one of the best 3 limestone caves in Japan, other than Akiyoshido Cave (in Yamaguchi) and Ryugado Cave (in Kochi)

- It is clean natural waters available from Ryusendo Cave, which provides all the places in Iwaizumi town as drinking waters

- It is really "Emerald-Blue" natrual waters in Ryusendo Cave, when you are in there


3-2  Akkado Limestone Cave:


- Another Cave, which is considered as the longest limestone cave in Japan (23.7km)

- This cave is designated as a Natural Monument Treasury by the government 


3-3  Kumano-Hana Observation Deck:


- The name of this place sounds quite funny, but it is a look-like as 2 noses of a bear in Japanese language

- The overall view in the coastline is dynamic and beautiful with strong waves and winds 


3-4  Omoto Fishing Port


- Iwaizumi town has a quite small area which directly faces with Pacific Ocean in the east side

- There is a few small fishing ports, and Moto port is one of them

- It is not so popular port, but fresh seafoods are all the time available at very reasonable prices



< The River Streams Near Ryusendo Cave >




 < Inside Ryusendo Cave >



< Another-Angle Shoot for Ryusendo Cave >



< Outside Akkado Cave >



< Inside Akkado Cave >



< A Nice View From Kumano-Hana Observation Deck >



< Closer-Look for Kumano-Hana >



< The Great Night View at Omoto Fishing Port >



< How To Get Iwaizumi Town in Iwate >





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