Udon in Morioka

Pairon Honten

Jaja-men (じゃじゃめん; noodle with miso and minced meat) joints are all over town, but this hole-in-the wall is still the leader. Ordering is a breeze: just ask for shō (small), chū (medium) or dai (large). When...

Japanese Curry in Morioka

Karē Kōbō Chalten

Serving the best curry we tried in the whole of northern Japan, this small, charming restaurant makes nothing except creamy plates of curry. The wonderful vegetarian option uses eight different vegetables diced...

Soba in Morioka

Azumaya Honten

Customers line up and tour buses roll in for this hugely popular wanko-soba restaurant. As per tradition, the waiter will refill your tiny bowl with soba as soon as you've put the last one down. Fifteen bowls are...

Coffee in Morioka

Cappuccino Shiki

Perfectly placed to catch caffeine addicts as they tumble off their train and out into the bustle of Morioka, this cosy, dark-wood coffee shop has great espresso and a hip vibe. Toasted sandwiches are also...

Homewares in Morioka

Kamasada Honten

Morioka is known for its nanbu tekki (cast ironware), notably tea kettles. There are some beautiful examples at this venerable shop, along with more affordable items such as wind chimes and incense holders.

Dance in Morioka

Sansa Odori

In Morioka's most famous festival, thousands of dancers take to the streets in parades and performances celebrating the banishment of an evil ogre that once upon a time plagued the city.

Park in Morioka


If you head east on foot from the train station along Kaiun-bashi for about 2km, you’ll eventually come to this landscaped park, where Morioka-jō once stood. All that remains of the castle, completed in 1633 and...

Landmark in Morioka

Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree

A huge cracked granite boulder sits in front of the Morioka District Court, out of which sprouts this large cherry tree, said to be almost four hundred years old. The tree is a much-loved local attraction, though...

Korean in Morioka


This yummy Korean noodle place is perfect for a quick bite after getting off your train, before exploring the city sights. There's often a line out the door at lunchtime, but there's plenty of seating inside,...

Indian in Morioka

Nepina's Kitchen Nirvana

Morioka has a handful of subcontinental restaurants. The best is found in a small shopping arcade not far from the train station. Tandoori options feature prominently. Dinner sets and all-you-can-drink specials...

Shinto Shrine in Morioka


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