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Let’s go and explore Morioka by Denden-mushi!
The Morioka central loop bus, known familiarly as the ‘Denden-mushi (Japanese for a snail)’, runs every day in the center of Morioka city. It’s easy to access main sightseeing spots in the center along its route, so it’s useful not only for the citizens’ everyday lives but also for sightseeing in Morioka. Why don’t you explore Morioka by Denden-mushi in this season, when the warmth of spring feels comfortable?  
 

 How to get on the Denden-mushi
It takes the Denden-mushi about 35 minutes to run around the central city area. The fare is \100 per ride from any bus stop along the route. If you use a one-day pass, you can use the bus without limit for \300 for the day. Denden-mushi takes two directions after leaving Morioka station, clockwise and counterclockwise. Both buses takes the same route, but it’s better to decide which direction you take based on the destination.
 
 
Fare   Single  One-day pass
 Adults  \100  \300
 Elementary school students  \50  \150

You can get a one-day pass at three places including the bus information office at the east gate of Morioka station, Nanak bus ticket counter and Plaza Odette.

Clockwise  Counterclockwise
 

There is a line on each bus, red for clockwise, and green for counterclockwise! 


Recommended Sightseeing Spots 
There are still many old buildings in Morioka, providing a lot of facilities where you can learn about its history and culture. Why don’t you go to the sightseeing spots where you can explore the history and culture of Moiroka, which you don’t experience so much in ordinary, daily life?   
Morioka Castle Site Park (Iwate Park) 
Nearest bus stopMorioka castle site park (1 min. on foot)
  

The construction of Morioka castle began in 1598 under the government of the Nanbu clan of Morioka domain. In 1874, most of all the castle was destroyed due to the difficulty of maintaining the building. However, it was partially restored and opened as Iwate Park in 1906.  In 2006, as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary, the park was given a new nickname ‘Morioka Castle Site Park’.  It has been a popular place for citizens to relax since opening.

 

 Morioka History and Culture Museum
Nearest bus stop: Kencho Shiyakusho Mae (4 min. on foot)
 
This facility was opened in 2011 when the former Iwate Prefectural Library building was renovated. On the first floor, present-day Morioka is introduced, providing sightseeing information about sights and specialties when strolling around the town as well as an exhibition about festivals. On the second floor there is a display of the history of Morioka as a castle town and treasures related to the Nanbu clan, the Lord of Morioka domain.

 Hours   April to October 9:00~19:00 
 November to March  9:00~18:00
 Closed  Every 3rd Tuesday
(on the following day in the case of a national holiday), December 31st to January 1st
 Entry fee  1st floor is free, 2nd floor exhibition rooms are \300 for adults, \200 for high school students, and \100 for elementary and junior high school students. 

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 Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building
Nearest bus stop: Morioka bus center (1 min. on foot)
 
 This building was originally built as the headquarters of Morioka Bank in 1911. From 1936 to 2012, it was used as the headquarters of the Bank of Iwate (In 1936, the bank was called Iwate Shokusan Bank), and later it was used as the Bank of Iwate, Nakanohashi branch. The characteristic Western-style architecture from the time of construction can be seen everywhere in this building. It is designated as an important cultural property. Since July 2016, the building has been opened to thepublic as the ‘Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building’.
 
 
Hours  10:0017:00 
Closed  Every Tuesday, December 29th to January 3rd
 Entry fee  Adults \300
elementary and junior high school students \100
(Children under 6 years old are free.)
Mitsuishi Shrine
Nearest bus stop: Honchodori icho-me (5 min. on foot) 
 
 According the legend a demon placed hishand print on the three big rocks in the shrine and this is the origin of the prefectural name of Iwate, which literary means ‘Rock hand’. In addition, it is said this is where Morioka’s summer feature, Sansa Odori dance has started. Although the actual year of the founding isn’t clear, there is a belief that this historical shrine is the in this area.   
Morioka Takuboku & Kenji Museum
Nearest bus stop: Morioka bus center (3 min. on foot) 
 
 This building was originally the Dai Kyuju Bank, the first bank in Morioka, built in 1878. The building was renovated and opened as a museum in 2002. Takuboku Ishikawa and Kenji Miyazawa are the leading poet and author in Iwate. This museum introduces their life and achievements and Morioka at the time or their adolescence.   
 
Hours   10:0018:00
Closed Every second Tuesday, December 29th to January 3rd
Entry fee  Free

 To deepen an understanding of the town of Morioka, it is very important to learn about its history and culture. Historical town Morioka has many facilities where you can learn about its history and culture besides the ones introduced here. In this fine season for getting out and about, why not find out the Morioka you hadn’t known until now by using the convenient Denden-mushi!
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