Although the important of Morioka is the transportation hub in Iwate. Morioka also has attractions and delicious food.
So my forth day of the trip, before I had to get on the train to Miyako on the late morning. I had a time left to see attractions in Morioka.
After I finished my breakfast. I began walking from the under renovated Kai-un Bashi Bridge to the other side of Kitakami River.
I walked for about 20 minutes to the first attraction Morioka Castle Ruins. Only stone walls are left and the site is made into the park.
I walked uphill to the castle area. Then took the stair to Honmaru, the highest level of the castle.
Honmaru is the area where the destroyed fort is original on. Then it’s the place for Nanbu Toshinaga Monument. He is the 42th head of Nanbu Clan. The clan who has the influence in this area.
However the statue on the monument was melt down for material to make weapons during World War 2. The base is left empty until now.
Mount Iwate should be seen from here. But the cloud was too thick.
I walked across the bridge to the second highest level Ninomaru.
There are some monuments around this area.
The castle ground is now playground and flower garden. (On the left side.)