Tanaka-ya deals in high-grade works by local artisans. The prices aren't cheap, but even if you're not looking to buy it's worth stopping in for a peek at the boldly coloured tsugaru-nuri (lacquerware of the Tsugaru…
Morioka is known for its nanbu tekki (cast ironware), notably tea kettles. There are some beautiful examples at this venerable old shop, along with more affordable items, such as wind chimes and incense holders.
Hippies, hipsters, rockabillies, skaters and wannabes alike will appreciate this eclectic collection of new and used Western clothes, shoes and accessories from around the world at reasonable prices. Seriously cool.
Opposite the ferry terminal is this chic bakery and gift shop selling handmade jewellery and homewares, and delicious baked goodies, including hand-sized rice crackers.
Ōtsuchi's 'Recovery Market' has developed into a full commercial zone and rewards a little time and money being spent. Most towns in the region have similar set-ups.