Let's Go To Oshu!

What is Oshu?

Hidaka Hibuse Festival
Hidaka Hibuse Festival

Oshu City was formed on February 20, 2006 from the merger of five municipalities,Mizusawa City, Esashi City, Maesawa Town, Isawa Town and Koromogawa Village.

The Kitakami River flows through the center of the region. On the west side of the river, the Isawa Fan spreads out, opened by the Isawa River. You can see houses scattered throughout the region, surrounded by water and greenery.

And to the east of the Kitakami River, there is wide-open countryside leading to the Kitakami Mountains. At the east end of the district, you can find the Taneyama Heights and Abarayama Heights. The entire region is blessed with rich, green nature.

Oshu Sightseeing Promotion Video (Produced by Oshu City)
"A Tour of Oshu ~The Sights and Sounds of Festivals Painting the Four Seasons~"

Oshu Brands

Arts and Crafts

NANBU TEKKI (Nanbu Ironware)

NANBU TEKKI (Nanbu Ironware)
NANBU TEKKI (Nanbu Ironware)

Iron casting began during the golden age of Oshu-Fujiwara. It received the protection of feudal clans during the Edo Period, and flourished as a major manufacturing center.

<Inquiries: Mizusawa Cast Iron Arts Trade Association (0197-24-1551)>

IWAYADO TANSU (Iwayado Chests)

IWAYADO TANSU (Iwayado Chests)
IWAYADO TANSU (Iwayado Chests)

Started during the times when Prince Kiyohira Fujiwara, the first of the Fujiwara Clan, encouraged industry, this industry uses the finest quality KEYAKI (a species of elm-like trees) and drills, along with dignified lacquering and handmade metal fittings.

<Inquiries: Iwayado Chests Manufacturers Trade Association (0197-35-0275)>

Agricultural and Livestock Products

MAESAWA-GYU (Maesawa Beef), Iwate-Oshu Beef

Maesawa Beef
Maesawa Beef

Rice, Apples

Esashi Apples
Esashi Apples

Food and Souvenirs

ANKAKE UDON (Udon noodles covered in a thick starchy sauce)

OSHU HATTO (Flour dumplings boiled in soup)

IWAYADO YOKAN (Sweet jellied adzuki bean paste made in Iwayado)

HATOMUGI-CHA (Adlay Tea)

ANKAKE UDON
ANKAKE UDON
IWAYADO YOKAN
IWAYADO YOKAN
HATOMUGI-CHA
HATOMUGI-CHA

"The True Taste of Oshu" (produced by Oshu City)

How to Get to Oshu

By Shinkansen (Super-express train)

Tokyo Station → Mizusawa-Esashi Station

The Tohoku Shinkansen, 2 hours, 21 minutes

Nagoya Station → Mizusawa-Esashi Station

Tokaido, Tohoku Shinkansens, 4 hours, 5 minutes

Osaka Station → Mizusawa-Esashi Station

Tokaido, Tohoku Shinkansens, 5 hours, 4 minutes

Sapporo Station → Mizusawa-Esashi Station

Express train, Tohoku Shinkansen, 7 hours, 26 minutes

By Car

Urawa Interchange → Mizusawa Interchange

444.5km, 4 hours, 37 minutes

Sendai-Miyagi Interchange → Mizusawa Interchange

116.9km, 1 hour, 15 minutes

Morioka Interchange → Mizusawa Interchange

62.8km, 38 minutes

Akita-Chuo Interchange → Mizusawa Interchange

126.2km, 1 hour, 42 minutes

By Airplane

Sapporo (New Chitose) Airport → Hanamaki Airport

JAL, 55 minutes

Nagoya (Chubu International) Airport → Hanamaki Airport

ANA, 1 hour, 10 minutes

Osaka (Itami) Airport → Hanamaki Airport

JAL, 1 hour, 25 minutes

Mizusawa Station
Mizusawa Station