Within the grounds of IWATE PARK is the site of Morioka Castle. All buildings within the castle ground were destroyed during the Meiji Restoration battles. What remains is only the stone wall of the castle. These ruins are considered to be one of the 3 best-known castle sites in the Tohoku. Many famous poets & writers have immortalized the castle through their works.
Morioka Castle was constructed in 1597 (Keicho 2) by the Lord of Nambu, Nobunao.
A national historic site.
About 15 mins walk from Takuboku's Honeymoon House within the city center. However, once in the park, one can somewhat feel the tranquility & aura of its rich history.
Here, I came across moms taking their toddlers for walks as well as school children having their art lessons on site. A very cosy feeling :)
TAKUBOKU HONEYMOON'S HOUSE: Ishikawa Takuboku was a passionate poet known throughout Japan. This is the house where he spent his honeymoon. Although he died at the age of 26, his works are so well known that his monument & statue are preserved in Morioka in prominent places as Iwate Park, Mt. Iwayama & Morioka Station.
The Chagu-Chagu Umakko festival held on the secound saturday June in Takizawa-mura villege near Morioka city. Decrated big hourses with a lot of bell and dressed up children walks through town side with pritty sounds = Chagu Chagu means from the sound of that bell.
It's free admission & you get to see the living quarters of the old Japanese house. Isn't that great?