Toono city is a small inland city, and has a
population of 30 thousand people (2008).
It is located about 55 km southeast of Morioka city, and Mount
Hayachine, which is the second highest mountain in Iwate Prefecture and
is 1917 meters high, towers about 25 km north of this city.
In 1912, Kunio Yanagita, a famous Japanese folklore scholar,
wrote a book named "Toono stories".
He listened to many folklores from Kizen Sasaki, his aquaintance born
in Toono, and compiled them into the book without ornamentation.
His excellent writing style and the contents without alteration have
been highly appriciated.
Therefore, Toono city is known as "land of folklore".
In this city, there are many spots associated with the folklores.
The sightseeing spots are dotted within about 10 km area from JR Toono
So when you tour the spots, a car or a rental bicycle is convenient.
Tono Tourism Association official website
Around JR Toono
- Toono Folk
Village /1/ : It is located 0.4 km
south of JR Toono station.
There are some removed old houses associated with Kunio Yanagita, and
they are the museums.
In a hall, we can listen to some folk stories telled by a storyteller
Of course, it is telled in Japanese with Iwate dialect.
Municipal Museum /2/ : It is located 0.6 km south of JR
We can learn about the folklore, nature and livinghood of Toono.
shrine /3/ : It is an old shrine
located 1.5 km south of JR Toono station.
It is known as "god of love". If you can tie a strip of red cloth to a
branch of the tree in front of the shrine with only your left hand, it
is said that you will succeed in love.
/4/ : It is located 2 km
southwest of Toono station.
During the 18th century, Tohoku District was often hit by famine. So it
is said that a priest engraved icons of 500 saints (Rakan) on natural
rocks to pray for the dead souls.
Eastern Toono city
/11/ : It is a stream
located 5 km northeast of Toono station, and there is Jokenji temple
"Kappa" is a imaginary funny specter. It lives in river, and plays a
trick on passing strangers.
It is said that many Kappas had lived here, and they appear in several
folk stories in Toono.
- Denshoen Park
: It is a folklore park located
about 0.5 km north of Kappa-buchi.
There are a traditional farm houses, the memorial museum of Kizen
Sasaki who told many folk stories to Mr. Yanagita, and the others.
We can listen to the folk stories, and see the process for making the
Furusato Village /13/ : It is located 7 km north of Toono
"Furusato" means "hometown", then this is a park that a traditional
agricultural village in Toono is re-created.
There are several farm houses, and we can experience farming.
Western Toono city
/21/ : It is a big rocks
located 7 km west of Toono station.
On two rocks, a huge rock is put. The rock is 7 meters long, 5 meters
wide and 2 meters high.
It is said that it was an ancient tomb.
traditional farm house of Chiba Family /22/ : It is an old farm house located
8 km west of Toono station.
It was build about 200 years ago. It is L-shaped as viewed from above,
and is the traditional big house in this region. The living area and a
room for horses are connected.
This Chiba Family's house is in good preservation, then it is opened to
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How to get to Toono city
- By Tohoku Shinknasen, get off
at Shin-Hanamaki station.
- Change trains to Kamaishi on JR
Kamaishi Line. Then get off at Toono.
It takes about 45 minutes by rapid train, or about 55 minutes by local
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