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Morioka

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Tohoku  /  Iwate Prefecture  /  Morioka
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Things to do: historic sites, sightseeing, shopping
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers. The old castle town enjoys an established reputation as a place of fine scenery and memorable vistas. Sightseeing tours of Morioka lead through its more traditional districts, with visitors drawn to the well-maintained merchant houses, storehouses, and castle ruins. Fashionable shopping districts close to the main train station give Morioka a modern twist, while the famous "Three Great Noodles of Morioka" make this an exciting town for culinary adventurers. Plan your tour of Morioka and Japan travel itinerary using our Japan travel itinerary planner.
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Look to the main train station for the most modern accommodations Morioka, with popular business hotels offering simple rooms, restaurants, and pools. Farther to the east, things get a little more characterful and atmospheric in traditional Japanese ryokans. Riverside options draw lots of visitors, while side-street guesthouses and hostels provide good options for budget-conscious travelers.
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