94 km - 0h32 - ICHINOSEKI station
Disembark here to visit the aptly-named Genbikei (Gorge of Harsh Beauty), a gorge which features white water rushing over rocks, a few waterfalls and
several hot spring hotels. If you are visiting during the cherry blossom season in early spring, head for Tsuriyama, a large hill located directly west of the station. Lit up by lanterns, it is as gorgeous at night as it is during the daytime. Change here for Hiraizumi (see below). Only 8 kilometers north of Ichinoseki, reached in less than 10 minutes by local trains on the JR Tohoku Line.
In Ichinoseki, you can also ride the Pokemon train
.119 km - 0H45 - MIZUSAWAESASHI station
The shinkansen station of Oshu City. Stop here to get a bite of the famous, delicious, fatty, marbled ‘Maesawa beef’ that is a growing competitor to the legendary Kobe and Matsuzaka beef. It is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. To get the full experience, try the raw Maezawa beef sushi.