The Iwai river
Ichinoseki City is located in
the northern part of Japan,
about 450km from Tokyo. Ichinoseki is in Iwate prefecture, the largest
prefecture in Japan.
The Oou mountain range is to the west, and the Kitakami mountains are to
the east. The Iwai river flows from Mt Kurikoma (locally called Mt. Sukawa)
through Ichinoseki, and joins the Kitakami river.
Interesing places in Ichinoseki
This gorge is only about one km
long, and never more than a few meters deep. The river has been carved
out of solid rock into a most picturesque and intrical natural sculpture.
Sukawa hotsprings are located 40km
west of Ichinoseki City, near the top of Mt. Sukawa. There are several
hotsprings near the top of the mountain. There is a large old bath house
which you pass to reach the ravine that is the source of the hot water.
It has several pools, and mixed bathing is still practiced.
If you take route 4 north, you come
to Hiraizumi, an ordinary looking town, once the cultural center of the
area. Hiraizumi is the home of Chusonji, the most historic temple in northern
Ichinoseki has been damaged
by twice typhoons. One called Kathrine and the other Aion. The city has
just now recovered completely. Recently, many kinds of factories have been
built here, keeping the local economy active.
Ichinoseki station is where you transfer to get to Sanriku-Kaigan, the
coastal area of Iwate prefecture.
Ichinoseki is also the gateway to many small villages, which still hold
on to the traditions of the past. One of these villiages is Kawasaki village,
famous for the grand fireworks display held in August. Ichinoseki is rich
in folklore, dances, and tradition. Make Ichinoseki a stop on your visit
to northern Japan.
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