Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is about 290 miles (467 kilometers) to the south of Morioka.
Vacationing in just one place, no matter how popular, can only ever give you a narrow glimpse into the wider rhythms and life-ways of a region. So be sure to visit Iwate 's other attractions. Places in the vicinity of Morioka are Hanamaki, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the north, and Kitakami, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the north.
Approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the south of Morioka is Hiraizumi, a regional center which is home to Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamon-do, Chuson-ji Temple and Pure Land Garden. Motsu-Ji Temple, Takadachi Gikeido and Golden Hall are just a sample of the other points of interest in Hiraizumi that should be high on every traveler's itinerary.
There is nothing that unlocks understanding in this amazing planet of ours like language, so practice some useful Japanese phrases before you start. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" is a good one to try. It means "Would you like to dance with me?" "Where's the toilet?" is also useful, so try pronouncing "Benjo wa doko desu ka?"
As your journey ends, bid Iwate a teary "Sayōnara"