ほんものにっぽんにのへ

TRAVEL to NINOHE 2

ROUTE & SPOT

Visiting the Iwate Shorthorn cattle
in Mt. Inaniwa.

Visiting the Iwate Shorthorn cattle in Mt. Inaniwa.
The driving journey to meet a dynamic honmono.

The Mt. Inaniwa route to see a spectacular scenery
with blessings of the earth.

The place we’d like to visit by a comfortable drive is Inaniwa plateau where the Iwate Shorthorn grow. The Inaniwa plateau stretches at the base of Mt. Inaniwa which has an altitude of 1,078 meters. After driving through the forest, we will find the beautiful view of the plateau and the pasture.

Several breeds of cattle such as Holstein and Japanese Black are also grazed here. The Iwate Shorthorn can be distinguished from them with its reddish-brown body and horns.Despite having a larger body and a louder cry than imagined, they have a calm nature and never attack people. (However, please try not to surprise them.)

You can also find various honmono of Ninohe on the way.
In early summer, big, harvested leaves are hung in the greenhouse. They are tobacco leaves which is one of the main industries here. In autumn, fields filled with lovely buckwheat flowers spread across. Soybeans, a necessity item for Ninohe’s preserved food, grow from summer to autumn. You can also encounter a tofu shop that sells products made from the traditional method of grinding soybeans with a stone.

Halfway up the mountain, we can find spring water at a spot called Ganshobo. The spring water is used at Tendai no Yu where you can enjoy a day-use hot spring.

If you’d like to taste the Iwate Shorthorn beef in the city after the drive, the place you have to head to is Tankakutei. It is a restaurant which the meat distributor Yamacho-Meat directly manages.

List of spots introduced in “#2 Visiting the Iwate Shorthorn cattle
in Mt. Inaniwa.”

Buckwheat fields

You can often find buckwheat fields in autumn. When we talk about the flowers of buckwheat, we often imagine small, white flowers. However, in Nonohe, we can also see “red buckwheat,” with red petals. Both the white flower fields with cute, dainty flowers and the red flower fields with a vivid color are truly beautiful.
address : Nokurozawa, Joboji, Ninohe-shi, Iwate Prefecture

Tendai no Yu

This is a hot spring that uses mineral water with weak alkaline from Ganshobo. You can take a bath while enjoying the beautiful view of Inaniwa. This area known as Joboji is designated as a “Doburoku Special Zone” for a type of sake called doburoku. In Japan, the amount of sake produced is regulated in order to control distribution. However, in the Doburoku Special Zone, individuals are allowed privately to produce and sell doburoku sake. You can taste this special sake made from locally grown rice, millet and spring water.
address : 133-1, Nokurozawa, Joboji, Ninohe-shi, Iwate Prefecture
tel : 0195-38-3222

Ganshobo spring water

At the base of Mt. Inaniwa, we can find abundant spring water all over the place. One of these is Ganshobo. It’s located in an area that’s slightly above Tendai no yu. This place was once a training spot for Buddhist monks practicing asceticism in the mountains, and a belief of spirits dwelling here has been told for generations. It’s also said that the water has the ability to cure diseases and so many people visit here.
address : Joboji, Ninohe-shi, Iwate Prefecture

Oyamada Tofu Shop

This is a small tofu shop owned and run by grandma Mina herself. She grinds soybeans with a millstone to make tofu with Mt. Inaniwa’s spring water and natural bittern. In addition to tofu, different products such as soy milk, Shimi Do-fu, or frozen tofu are sold seasonally. If you are lucky, you can encounter these products in the limited opening hours.
address : 22, Nokurozawa, Joboji, Ninohe-shi, Iwate Prefecture
tel : 0195-38-3805

The Iwate Shorthorn pasture

You can find the Iwate Shorthorn herd from spring through autumn by the landmark wind turbines spinning in the sky for power generation. They sometimes relax at the bottom of the windmills.
address : Joboji, Ninohe-shi, Iwate Prefecture

Tankakutei

This is a shop specializing in Shorthorn beef. It is run by Yamacho-Meat which is a wholesale meat company of the Iwate Shorthorn beef. The meat is mostly lean, healthy and also full of amino acids. You can enjoy the natural taste of meat. They not only specialize in serving lean cuts but also take advantage of being a wholesale company by providing rare parts, such as inner organs.
address : 22-2, Niwatari, Ishikiridokoro, Ninohe-shi, Iwate Prefecture
tel : 0195-23-0829

TRAVEL
IN
NINOHE

There is a “true” authentic culture that has been cultivated and passed down for a long time in
Ninohe the northernmost city of Iwate prefecture. The land is blessed by severe yet beautiful
mother nature. The people practice their skills throughout their lives.