Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is located 240 miles (386 kilometers) to the south of Ichinoseki.
Discover why Iwate is so frequented by international and local tourists alike, by taking to the road and experiencing the numerous man-made and natural attractions in the vicinity of Ichinoseki. Kitakami, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the south, and Shizugawa, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northwest of Ichinoseki are worth a visit too.
When it's time to explore beyond Ichinoseki, why not visit the nearest center. Hiraizumi is around 4 miles (6 kilometers) away and features attractions such as Golden Hall, Takadachi Gikeido and Chuson-ji Temple. Don't rush back to Ichinoseki until you've checked out Hiraizumi's Motsu-Ji Temple, Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamon-do and Pure Land Garden.
Before you escape on your holiday do as the savvy travelers do and practice a number of key words in Japanese. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" is Japanese for "Would you like to dance with me?" And, for "Where's the toilet?", you can say "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" Why don't you give it a try!
Birthday of Emperor Akihito is celebrated on the 23rd of December, so be sure to set aside your sightseeing and join in the fun and festivities with proud locals.
When the time comes to leave Ichinoseki, use the last of your yen on last-minute souvenirs and bid a fond Sayōnara (farewell).