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Snowshoeing and Hot Springs in Matsurube


Ⓒ Hiraizumi Ichinoseki Destination Management Organization  

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Discover untouched wilderness and feel the power of nature in a place of ancient worship

HIRAIZUMI-ICHINOSEKI Destination Management Organization


Ⓒ Ichinoseki Tourism Association


In Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture, adjacent to the borders with Akita and Miyagi Prefectures, there is a small mountainous area called Matsurube, which has been worshipped since ancient times as a sacred place where the gods descended on earth. Once you start the 45-minute drive from the JR Ichinoseki Station, you will be welcomed by breathtaking views of primeval forests and mountains that will make you travel back in time. 

Feel the breath of nature as you enter the untouched wilderness of Matsurube and enjoy a silence you cannot find in the city. The forests are crossed by the Iwai River, which is beautifully colored in emerald green due to the hot spring waters, rich in minerals, coming from Mt. Kurikoma. 



Because of its geographical location, Matsurube experiences abundant snowfall and turns into a natural winter wonderland in the cold months. During this season, you can explore this exceptional, pristine wilderness with kanjiki, traditional Japanese snowshoes made from bent bamboo. 


Ⓒ Matsurube Onsen Kamikura


After the outdoor fun, stay at Matsurube Onsen Kamikura to enjoy natural hot springs and delicious local cuisine. This Japanese-style inn also offers guests a kamakura igloo experience complete with grilled mochi (Japanese rice cakes) and hot wine, which will keep you warm and cozy even in the cold of winter. 


How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the Shinkansen to Ichinoseki Station (about 2 hours and 30 minutes). A free shuttle service is available upon reservation from JR Ichinoseki Station (about 45 minutes).


32 Matsurube, Genbi-cho, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate-ken



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