IWATE WANKO de MANPUKU drive passport

The 2019 Sanriku Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction Project - Road Trips on the Sanriku Coast of Iwate

Here are some sample routes for you to enjoy the best Iwate has to offer!

01) Girls Trip ♡ - Eat your heart out at our local roadside stations!

Iwate is so huge that every area has its own special traditions,
especially when it comes to food. With this route, you’ll travel around to various roadside stations where you can sample local foods and find your favorite dish.

Northern Route

Northern Route

Start!!
From Morioka

By car 45 min

Spot
01
Roadside Station Shizukuishi “Anekko”〔Shizukuishi Town〕

Carries lots of local goods, as well as a restaurant where you can try Shizukuishi-produced beef. There’s also a hot springs for you to take a quick dip.

By car 1 hr 40 min

Spot
02
Roadside Station Oritsume “Odode-kan”〔Kunohe Village〕

The restaurant serves traditional dishes, and the station sells Kunohe specialty tea and mountain grape juice.

By car 45 min

Spot
03
Roadside Station Kuji “Yamase Dofukan”〔Kuji City〕

The most popular dish at the restaurant is the seafood bowl topped with Sanriku delicacies.

By car 60 min

Spot
04
Roadside Station Tanohata〔Tanohata Village〕

Carries locally-produced milk and ice cream.

By car 45 min

Spot
05
Roadside Station Miyako〔Miyako City〕

Miyako is known for cider and candy made with locally-procured salt. Also popular is soft-serve ice cream made with sea water taken deep from Miyako Bay.

By car 55 min

Spot
06
Roadside Station Yamabiko-kan〔Miyako City〕

People love the soft-serve made with black beans and the wiener wrapped in shiso leaves.

By car 60 min

Goal!!
To Morioka

Southern Route

Southern Route

Start!!
From Akita

By car 1 hr 30 min

Spot
01
Roadside Station Kinshuko〔Nishiwaga Town〕

Enjoy dishes only found in Nishiwaga, including a curry dish made to look like the town dam, and biscuit tempura.

By car 45 min

Spot
02
Kenji Miyazawa Museum and Fairy Tale Village〔Hanamaki City〕

These facilities show off the life and soul of Kenji Miyazawa, who was a famous poet and children’s literature author from Hanamaki, Iwate.

By car 40 min

Spot
03
Roadside Station Tono Kaze-no-oka〔Tono City〕

Serves soba noodles, soup, and other traditional Tono dishes.

By car 35 min

Spot
04
Roadside Station Kamaishi Sennin Toge〔Kamaishi City〕

People love the local Kamaishi ramen and soft-serve flavored with soy sauce. There’s also a lot of processed foods like persimmon vinegar and jam.

By car 30 min

Spot
05
Roadside Station Sanriku〔Ofunato City〕

A popular offering is the first ever soft-serve ice cream made from persimmons in Japan.

By car 55 min

Spot
06
Roadside Station Taneyamagahara “Poran”〔Sumita Town〕

Lots of local goods, like grilled chicken belly and sausage made with butterbur sprouts.

By car 55 min

Spot
07
Roadside Station Hiraizumi〔Hiraizumi Town〕

This station carries local “doburoku” sake and wine, and the restaurant serves name-brand beef with local fresh vegetables.

By car 35 min

Spot
08
Hanaizumi Flower World〔Ichinoseki City〕

The largest peony garden in all of northeastern Japan, with over 4,000 bulbs in 300 species.

By car 15 min

Spot
09
Iwate Safari Park〔Ichinoseki City〕

See lions, tigers, and…giraffes (!?) up close in a safari bus.

By car 1 hr 30 min

Goal!!
To Sendai