Landmark in Morioka

Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree

A few blocks north of Iwate-kōen, in front of the Morioka District Court, is this much-loved local attraction: a 300-year-old cherry tree, which sprouted from the crack in a huge granite boulder. There is still some…
Park in Morioka


If you head east on foot from the train station along Kaiun-bashi for about 20 minutes, you’ll eventually come to this landscaped park, where Morioka-jō once stood. All that remains of the castle, completed in 1633 …
Shinto Shrine in Morioka


The start and end point for the Sansa Odori dancers in Morioka's biggest festival is this modest shrine inside Iwate-kōen.