Iwate

Iwate

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This is a prefecture that boasts any number of places where you can get in touch with history and culture, including Hiraizumi, a World Heritage Site, and Tono, often called “the birthplace of Japanese folklore.” The natural beauty here is also breathtaking, found at destinations like the volcanic rock rhyolite “forests” of Jōdogahama and the sheer precipices of Geibikei Gorge, some over 100 m tall.

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