Usuiso beach, a famous scenic spot in Iwaki, has been selected as one of the top 100 beaches in Japan for its beautiful white sand and translucent waters.
This historic shrine, which was built around 673, enshrines the shinto gods of hot spring water and medicine. Many have long considered the shrine as the guardian of Iwaki Onsen Town.
This workshop and shop features Tohno washi, Iwaki's traditional handmade paper. Hirayama Yu, who is originally from the greater Tokyo area, is apprenticing to keep the craft going. Local children drop by to play and draw afterschool. Visitors can try their hand at making washi, but reservations are required.
From Tokyo Station, it takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes by express train to Iwaki. Highway buses connect Tokyo and Iwate in 3 hours and 30 minutes.