IWATE with a Baby:How to Enjoy Family Travel


This trip to Iwate was the second time my son went outside of the prefecture we live. He was 8 months, and he ate baby food twice a day at this time.

Iwate prefecture is located on the northeast region of japan. Morioka Station in Iwate is is two and a half hours from Tokyo by bullet train(shinkansen).

To be honest, Iwate prefecture isn’t popular sightseeing place in Japan. Then, why did we choose Iwate for family travel with baby?

Because there is best hot spring ever!


The hot springs you should go are in Tsunagi Area, especially Hotel Taikan has amazing hot spring.

It is 100% natural spring, and it is very good for skin. I bet you’ll definitely love it.

Of course we stayed at Hotel Taikan, and it was very awesome!!

The hot spring is needless to say wonderful, but the evening meal was also great.

Luckily, this hotel is family-friendly. There are some baby and kid amenities, and baby bathing tubs and chairs. Also, you can use Family Bath, though It takes 3,500yen(31.66 USD).

They also serve baby food and kid meal.(Reservation is required)

Address:Yunotate-37-1 Tsunagi, Morioka, Iwate 020-0055
Access Info
By bus:From Morioka Station (JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line), East Exit: Take a bus bound for Tsunagi Onsen to the Tsunagi Onsen bus stop (about 35 minutes). It is about 4 minutes walk from there.
By car:20 minutes from Morioka Station
By taxi:20 minutes from Morioka Station, it takes about 4,000yen(36.15 USD)


We also stayed at Kyukamura(Iwate-Amihari-onsen) with baby. This place at high altitude, so you can enjoy the beautiful view.

Honestly, the hot spring and meals were pretty nice.

But this hotel is family-friendly too, and very lively place. Also, the price was reasonable.

Address: Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate-gun,Iwate,020-0585
Access Info
By bus:From Morioka Station, take Iwateken Kotsu Bus for Amihari Onsen. About a 60 minute-ride. Get off at the last stop. The hotel is 3 minutes walk from the bus stop.
By car:40 minutes from Morioka Station


If you visit Iwate, you should go to KOIWAI FARM. Koiwai farm is very huge ranche that you can pet the animals.

They serve delicious food and kid menu. Also, you can get great souvenirs here.

I highly recommend “Koiwai Farm Cookie”. There are 4 flavors, and white one(coconut taste) is best!

Address:36−1 Maruyachi, Shizukuishi, Iwate District, Iwate 020-0507
Contact:eco@koiwai.co.jp(Inquiries in English are welcome)
Access Info
By bus:Locate Bus Stop #10 for the Amihari Onsen Line. This is a direct bus service to the Koiwai Farm. Travel time is 40 minutes and the adult fare is 700 yen (children: 350 yen).
By car:15 minutes from Morioka Station
By taxi:15 minutes from Morioka Station, it takes about 2,000yen(18.15 USD)

Did you find helpful information of Iwate with baby? If you some questions, please comment or contact with me.

Iwate is a little-known place but really good place. I wish you have a great travel.


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