Morioka, Iwate

Morioka (Japanese盛 冈 市, -shi) is a city and administrative headquarters of the Japanese prefecture of Iwate, the largest of the six prefectures in Tohoku region.


Morioka stands in the shadow of the 2,041 meter high Mount Iwate. In the ski station in Morioka Shizukuishi the Alpine Ski World took place in 1993.

In the vicinity of the mountain, the Lake Tazawa is (425 m deep, 2570 ha).

The Kitakami flows through the city from north to south.


The city was founded in 1597. Since 1889 Morioka is the capital of Iwate Prefecture.


The city's Morioka attractions include the stone -splitting cherry tree, a tree that grows out of the slit of a Grantitblocks and this blew grow. This cherry tree is about three hundred to four hundred years old, standing in front of the courthouse. In 1923, the tree was declared a national treasure.

Im probably built in 1732 Hoon -ji are 500 painted Buddhist statues made ​​of wood ( Rakan ). The special thing about these figures is that also sculptures by Marco Polo and Kublai Khan are among them.

The Bank of Iwate, with its facade of red brick and white granite is an example of the architectural style of the Meiji period. It was built in 1911 and stands in the city center.

The Castle of Morioka was started in 1597 by daimyo Nambu Nobunao and completed in 1633, who ruled over the fiefdom Morioka -han. During the Meiji Restoration, it was destroyed. Today only are the foundations of the castle.

There is now also the Iwate Park with the monument of the poet Ishikawa Takuboku ( 1886-1912 ).

In addition to the birthplace of Hara Takashi, the first Prime Minister of Japan bourgeois (1918-1921), a memorial lies with documents to more recent history of the country and objects that belonged to the politician who died in 1921.

In Hashimoto's Museum works of the painter Hashimoto Yaoji (1903-1979) as well as ceramics and metal art are exhibited.

Morioka, is known primarily for its hardware, Nambu tetsubin. In addition, Morioka in Japan is known for its turned wooden dolls ( Kokeshi ) and for the ceramics from Kuji ( Kuji -yaki ).


On June 15, the end of the rice seed is celebrated with a colorful horses parade through the Morioka Hachiman -gu in the Chagu - Chagu Umakko.

Each year, from 5th to 7th September, the festival Hanamaki -matsuri is celebrated, the highlight of which is the " dance of the deer " ( Shika- odori ).

From 14 to 16 September, the Hachman -gu - festival takes place annually in Morioka, centered around a parade of portable shrines and colorful floats stands.


Kitakami River and Mount Iwate

Bank ( Iwate Ginko )

Stone Splitting Cherry Ender

Ruins of the castle

Japanese Garden

Sansa Odori Festival

Sansa Odori Festival

Universities and Colleges

  • Iwate University


  • Victoria, Canada - since 1985

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Inazo Nitobe (* 1862), scholar and secretary of the League of Nations
  • Takuboku Ishikawa (* 1886), poet
  • Katsura Funakoshi ( born 1951 ), sculptor and graphic artist
  • Mitsuo Ogasawara ( b. 1979 ), football player

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Hanamaki
  • Hachimantai