How to go from Sendai to Morioka ?
With the Shinkansen and a Japan Rail Pass
From Sendai to Morioka, you will find outstanding views of rural Japan to the left and right of the train. Most services run non-stop from Sendai to Morioka, but Yamabiko services stop along the way.
In Morioka, the Hayabusa Shinkansen carry on to Aomori and to Shin Hakodate and the Akita Shinkansen to Akita.
This route is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, the JR East Pass Tohoku Area, the JR Tohoku South Hokkaido Rail Pass, the JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass.
0 KM - SENDAI station65 km - 0h23 - KURIKOMA-KOGEN stationThe shinkansen station of Kurihara City, known for its rice production and the 1 627-meter-highMt. Kurikoma, a dormant volcano straddling the tri-prefectural border of Miyagi, Akita and Iwate.
In Ichinoseki, you can also ride the Pokemon train.
184km - 0H39 - MORIOKA station
Hiraizumi is home to the Konjiki-do (Golden Hall) within Chuson-ji Temple, which attempts to recreate an ideal Buddhist world in this world. Decorated inside and out with lacquer containing gold leaf and studded with gold and silver, a symbol of the gold culture of Hiraizumi, the temple alone is worth the journey from Tokyo. Open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m. in winter), ¥800). A tourist bus runs in a loop from the train station to Chuson-ji, then on to Motsu-ji (see below) then returns to the train station.
Another must see here is the Motsu-ji Temple, famous for its Jodo (‘Pure Land’) garden. As such, it is host to an ensemble of exquisite ‘culture of gold’ remnants from the brand of Buddhism that developed independently in the Tohoku Region far away from the cultural center of Kyoto in the late Heian period of the 11th century. UNESCO has recognized this area as being a globally rare example of local culture for the transitional period from the ancient era to the medieval period. It is now listed as a World Heritage Site.
Open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m. in winter) ¥500.
A 12-minute walk from Hiraizumi Station. It is situated with easy access to the major sightseeing spots such as Chuson-ji, Motsu-ji Temple.
15 Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate, 029-4102
Tel : 01-9146-2241/ http://www.musasibou.com/en/
KURA HOTEL ICHINOSEKI 蔵ホテル一関
A 3-minute walk from JR Ichinoseki Station. Close to Chusonji Temple and Motsu-ji Temple, with a lovely garden.
2-1 Ote-machi, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate, 021-0884
Tel : 01-9131-1111/http://kurahotel.com/index.php
A rustic restaurant on the outskirts of the city, that serves soba. Located north on the main highway leading from Hiraizumi Station.
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m
Tel : 01-9146-4369
EKIMAE BASHOKAN 駅前芭蕉館
Named after Hiraizumi’s most beloved poet, this restaurant serves a delicious set lunch of Iwate’s famous wanko soba, tempura, and fruit. Located just west of the station.
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tel : 01-9146-5555 /www.wankosoba.com