What to Expect
When you are staying in ski resorts in Iwate, or come to Morioka to attend conferences or business meeting, you can also enjoy visiting interesting places in Morioka. All the places are located near Morioka station and each spots are close. So you can go each spot on foot if you want to.
Kogensha is a popular sightseeing spot, especially among women who like to travel and folk arts. You can see typical folk art products from Iwate and Tohoku such as Nambu ironware, lacquerware, locally made baskets or some traditional sweets, etc. This shop is popular because the building looks chic and the founder of the shop is related to Kenji Miyazawa, children's story writer who wrote "the Night of the Milkyway Train". There is a small museum of him on the premise of this shop.
Takuboku Shinkon no Ie, means the house Takuboku lived when he was newly-weds, is the only samurai house still exist in Morioka. You can feel the historical atmosphere of the Edo era and how Japanese old traditional house and life style are. Takuboku is nationwide famous tanka poet from Morioka. You can get the information on him also in this house.
At Fukurou (owl) Cafe Ricky, you can see and touch not only various kinds of owls but also hawks, parrots, hedgehogs, hamsters, turtles and other small animals, even reptiles. The owls are so gentle and calm that you can touch them without worry. Actually, I was a little scared at first but they were so quiet and gentle. I can touch them and that made me so happy. This place is good for both children and adults.