Aside from being home to the well-known Morioka Castle, Morioka City is also famous for being the hometown of two prominent Japanese authors, Kenji Miyazawa and Takuboku Ishikawa. Drop by the museums dedicated to these two literary legends, and visit many other excellent tourist spots in Morioka including the Morioka Castle Park, the rock-breaking cherry blossom tree, and Hoonji Temple. If you are planning to visit Morioka, you must be looking for nice places to stay in for a good bargain. Check out our list of the top 5 Airbnb vacation rentals in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture below! Out of the 5 rentals, 3 are in Morioka City while the other 2 are located in a city nearby, known as Hachimantai.
This Airbnb vacation rental is not only unique for being a traditional Japanese home, but also for its foreign host. The host can speak both English and Japanese, not to mention that he is very friendly and accommodating! The rental has enough room to accommodate 4 guests with 2 tatami-style rooms. On top of that, it features a spacious kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals, and a bicycle is also provided, so it is perfect for a long-term stay. The accommodation is a 25-minute walk to Morioka Station, but the bus service at the closest bus stop will whisk you there in just 5 minutes.
Traditional Japanese home with a foreign host
Price: from 78 USD
Number of Guests: 4
On Ihatobu Avenue, you will find 6 monuments decorated with lights and music motifs that are set up to commemorate the famous literary works of Kenji Miyazawa. This private room in a townhouse features 2 futons that can sleep 2 guests, and is a 15-minute walk away from the station. If you prefer not to walk, there is a bus stop 2 minutes away that has a bus service which takes you around Morioka. Have a taste of the life of the Japanese in the Showa era when you stay in this humble accommodation!
Private room in a townhouse on Inhatobu Avenue
Price: from 37 USD
Number of Guests: 2
This 130-year-old accommodation is home to an apple farm and its host happens to be an apple farmer. Hence, if you are interested in experiencing the life of a farmer, which involves maintaining crops and harvesting apples, then don’t miss out on this opportunity and make a reservation here right away! On top of that, you can also prepare your own meals using the fresh produce from the farm. It is a 20-minute drive to downtown Morioka, and a 10-minute drive to JR Yahaba Station, which is 3 stations away from JR Morioka Station.
Apple farmer's house
Price: from 75 USD
Number of Guests: 9
For those who want to stay near Mt. Iwate and are interested to see the rare marble produced in the northeast region, this might be the perfect place for you. Up to 5 guests can stay here since there are 2 bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, and a kitchen. On the first floor of the house, you’ll find a spacious living room and a Japanese-style room that has enough room to accommodate 4.5 tatami mats. The other bedroom is located on the second floor. It is also a pet-friendly apartment, so you can bring your pets along with you on your trip to Morioka! Moreover, it is conveniently located a 10-minute walk away from Obuke Station on the JR East Japan Hanawa Line.
Modern 2-bedroom home
Price: from 55 USD
Number of Guests: 5
The Yakihashiri Cabin Village is a small villa that offers a gorgeous view of Mt. Iwate and its surrounding nature. In addition, there is also a hot spring on site, known as the Yakihashiri Hot Springs. In summer, you can have a BBQ and a campfire in the area, whereas, during winter, it’s recommended that you take a 20-minute drive to a nearby ski slope. If there are any nature lovers out there, the most attractive part of this Airbnb vacation rental is probably its location as the property is only a 5-minute walk away from Mt. Iwate’s hiking trails and the star observatory.
The Yakihashiri Cabin Village
Price: from 92 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Make a reservation in Morioka with Airbnb
As presented on this list, there are many unique Airbnb vacation rentals that can never compare to typical hotels, such as a farmhouse where you can experience local agriculture or a villa located in the midst of the nature in Mt. Iwate.
There are plenty of lodgings you can find on Airbnb, so feel free to click on the links to find out more.
*All information provided is up to date as of November 2017. For any possible changes or updates, please refer to the links.
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