At a Glance
Iwanuma station is in the crotch of two major train lines, the Tohoku Honsen line and the Jouban line. If you get on the wrong train you will have to backtrack to here. Fortunately, while you are waiting for the correct train, you can scoot over to the best Yakitori restaurant/bar in the world, Wataya. You can also visit Kanahebisui Shrine and Takekoma Shrine. Iwanuma also has a train station!
DID YOU KNOW? Iwanuma City is the setting for the anime, Bakuten!! starting on April 8, 2021.
Story follows a young high schooler who discovers the world of Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics. This anime is part of a three part plan called Zutto Ouen Project 2011 + 10.. (ずっとおうえん。プロジェクト 2011+10…) These anime about the affected areas of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and will be aired on Fuji TV to try to help promote the affected areas. Check out more HERE!
Places to Eat
Places to Visit
Things to Do
Lapras Pokemon Manhole - Togipii
Did you know that Miyagi's Ambassador Pokemon is Lapras? There are 35 decorative Lapras Manhole Covers all over the Sanriku Coast of Miyagi! Togepi is actually in a peculiar location. It's a journey to get there but it's by a Japanese sweets store called Tsutsumiya that specializes in dango. If you go and see Togepi you should try out some dango too!
Takekoma Inari Shrine - 竹駒稲荷神社
One of the biggest attractions of Iwanuma. Takekoma Inari shrine is said to the be the second oldest shrine dedicated to Inari, one of the main kami's in Japan. They hold an annual festival to celebrate Lunar New Year and it draws many tourists. There's also a horsemanship museum at the shrine.
Kanahebisui - 金蛇水神社
Like the name implies, this shrine is dedicated to the golden serpent water god. People come here to pray for fortune, luck, and healing. People line up to rub the snake rocks, thought to awaken the snakes within to bless them. Every May there is a flower festival featuring wisteria, allegedly over 300 hundred years old, and peonies, which there are over 100 varieties of and span about 3000 square meters. There is no entrance fee except when there are flower festivals.