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Iwate Prefecture is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. Located on the main island of Honshu, it contains the island's easternmost point. The capital is Morioka. Iwate has the lowest population density of any prefecture outside Hokkaido. Famous attractions include the Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi, including Chūson-ji and Mōtsū-ji with their treasures, Fujiwara no Sato, a movie lot and theme park in Esashi Ward, Oshu City, Tenshochi, a park in Kitakami City known for its big, old cherry trees and Morioka Castle in Morioka City.NameThere are several theories about the origin of the name "Iwate", but the most well known is the tale Oni no tegata, which is associated with the Mitsuishi or "Three Rocks" Shrine in Morioka. These rocks are said to have been thrown down into Morioka by an eruption of Mt. Iwate. According to the legend, there was once a devil who often tormented and harassed the local people. When the people prayed to the spirits of Mitsuishi for protection, the devil was immediately shackled to these rocks and forced to make a promise never to trouble the people again. As a seal of his oath, the devil made a handprint on one of the rocks, thus giving rise to the name Iwate, literally "rock hand". Even now after a rainfall it is said that the devil's hand print can still be seen there.To arrange what you want to do in Iwate Prefecture, use our Japan planning app.
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Top Iwate Prefecture tours
$93 BOOK WITH VIATOR Hiraizumi Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Duration: 4 hours
$117 BOOK WITH VIATOR Hiraizumi Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Duration: 6 hours
$48 BOOK WITH VIATOR Original Hanamaki! Eat traditional Wanko soba like a samurai lord (with tempura)
Duration: 45 minutes
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