The 10 Best Things to Do in Iwaki, Japan

January 20, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Discover the best top things to do in Iwaki, Japan including Aquamarine Fukushima, Coal & Fossil Museum, Iwaki La La Mew, Shiramizu Amidado, Shioyasaki Lighthouse, Michinoeki Yotsukurako, Iwaki Marine Tower, Shiomidai, Iwaki City Ammonite Center, Japan Racing Association Racehourses Research Institute Tokiwa Branch.
Restaurants in Iwaki

1. Aquamarine Fukushima

50 Tatsumicho, Onahama, Iwaki 971-8101, Fukushima Prefecture +81 246-73-2525
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 258 reviews

Aquamarine Fukushima

Reviewed By Kristin W - Auckland, New Zealand

Absolutely must see. I visited in 2006 (the required date would not let me go further back than 2015), so I am sure that it is very different now, but this aquarium was by far the highlight of my trip and I will be back.

2. Coal & Fossil Museum

3-1 Jobanyumotomachi Mukaida, Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture +81 246-42-3155
Excellent
35%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Coal & Fossil Museum

Reviewed By Andrew_Grimm - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The museum had exhibits on prehistoric animals that used to live in Iwaki, geology, life in a coal mining town, and about Spa Resort Hawaiians, Iwaki's main claim to fame nowadays.
Most of the information was in Japanese, although there was an English handout available. Thankfully, you didn't need an awful lot of Reading to appreciate the exhibits, which were real-life rather than computer-based. A giant skeleton of a dinosaur works pretty well in any language!
There's a souvenir shop available. The only Japan-related geological items available was amber from the region.
Not a world-class tourist attraction, but suitable for families, and people who like museums. Even better for those who can read Japanese.

3. Iwaki La La Mew

43-1 Onahama, Iwaki 971-8101, Fukushima Prefecture +81 246-92-3701
Excellent
12%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 177 reviews

Iwaki La La Mew

Reviewed By kayumochi - Atlanta, Georgia

Went there a few times when it was brand-spanking new. It gave us something to do when my daughter was really young. Otherwise, meh.
(Why doesn't TA allow us to post the time we actually visited rather than having to choose from a list? I went way, way before 2012).

4. Shiramizu Amidado

219 Uchigoshiramizumachi, Iwaki 973-8405, Fukushima Prefecture +81 246-26-7008
Excellent
33%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 84 reviews

Shiramizu Amidado

Reviewed By ART196

1160年(永暦元年)に完成した白水阿弥陀堂。願成寺の国宝。855年前に染めた木造でまだ色の跡が見える。阿弥陀堂に入ってる木造像も庭も凄い。このアルバムに願成寺、常盤神社や内郷って町の色々な写真など入ってる。
Has it been 855 years already? Amidadō at Ganjō-ji was constructed in 1160. It is a national treasure of Japan, which is to say one of the most precious of Japan’s tangible cultural assets. For a wooden structure, the hall is incredibly ancient. Inside there are also wooden statues. Some colour remains on the columns and walls, once depicting garish scenes, now faded into wispy ghosts. The horseshoe-shaped lake surrounding the hall is serene and peaceful, abounding in nature. One crosses a first bridge onto an island in the garden lake, before hopping across a smaller bridge to get to Amidadō. The wooden Bridges have faded from red to pink. I suspect they were last painted sometime after 1982 when the park was cleaned up following archaeological investigations. Adjacent to the site is Ganjō-ji itself. This album also includes pictures of that – it is surrounded by a sloping cemetery, Tokiwa-jinja and random stuff that interested me in Uchigo, the nearest town.

5. Shioyasaki Lighthouse

33 Yadosaki, Tairausuiso, Iwaki 970-0223, Fukushima Prefecture
Excellent
20%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 49 reviews

Shioyasaki Lighthouse

Reviewed By Stephan1954 - The Hague, The Netherlands

This lighthouse is also a museum. After a climb one reaches the lighthouse which is situated on a cape. As it is a museum one has to pay an entrance fee. The view from the top is worthwhile the climb.

6. Michinoeki Yotsukurako

5-281-1 Yotsukuramachi, Iwaki 979-0201, Fukushima Prefecture +81 246-32-8075
Excellent
21%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Michinoeki Yotsukurako

Reviewed By TazukoArai - Musashino, Tokyo, Japan

For fresh seafood and souvenir, you can't beat this place. The only problem is there is no public transportation.

7. Iwaki Marine Tower

93 Onahama Shimokajiro Taisaku, Iwaki 970-0316, Fukushima Prefecture +81 246-54-5707
Excellent
14%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
45%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 41 reviews

Iwaki Marine Tower

Reviewed By tyapatsuD - Tokyo, Japan

小名浜の港近く、高台にある三崎公園内にある展望塔です。デザインはなかなか洒落ていますがタワー自体の高さはそれほど高くはありませんでした。塔内の展望室にエレベーターに乗って上がってみましたが、眼下に広がる景色は公園の緑と太平洋程度です。これならわざわざ登ってまでして見るほどのものではないなと思いました。

8. Shiomidai

Onahama Shimokajiro, Iwaki 970-0316, Fukushima Prefecture +81 246-53-2448
Excellent
26%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Shiomidai

Reviewed By isladbreeze - Osaka, Japan

三崎公園という高台にあり、かつ太平洋に出張ってますので、バンジー台みたいな感じでしょうか。それなりにしっかりできている感じので、それほど怖くはないですが、下は磯っぽくも見えるので、子どもさんはとても怖がるかスリルに喜ぶかと思います。

9. Iwaki City Ammonite Center

147-2 Ohisamachiohisa, Iwaki 979-0338, Fukushima Prefecture +81 246-82-4561
Excellent
26%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Iwaki City Ammonite Center

Reviewed By keanu01 - 東京

白亜紀7500万年前の海の地層が地表に出ているところがこのアンモナイトセンターです。アンモナイトって、あのオウム貝のイカみたいな貝みたいなやつ・・・。
いわゆる化石の発掘センター・・それがいわき市にあるんです。まあ、太古のロマンに魅せられたわけでもないですが、化石の発掘作業は意外とはまります。アンモナイトは一攫千金にしても、古代のサメの歯や貝の化石は案外簡単に出てきます。かく言う私も、7月末の炎天下1時間も格闘して、やりました‼️7500万年前の二枚貝ディディモティス2つ見つけました‼️掘り出した物は貴重なものでないものは、タダで貰えます。入館料250円、体験発掘込みで710円です。

10. Japan Racing Association Racehourses Research Institute Tokiwa Branch

71, Joban Shiratorimachi Ue No Hara, Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture +81 246-43-3185
Excellent
27%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Japan Racing Association Racehourses Research Institute Tokiwa Branch

Reviewed By saoriengaru

小さな子ども連れで行きました。
温泉にゆったり入っているお馬さんたちは気持ちよさそうです。
乗馬している方もわざわざ娘の方に近づいて、間近でお馬さんを見せてくれました。
日によって全く馬たちがいないときもあるので注意です。

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