Trip with a Rent a Car in Iwate pref: Tono mystery tour
What we'll do
A wonderful experience for adults and children to enjoy is the Tono mystery tour. The kappa edge of the river has been said to help catch kappa. See first hand the unusual mystery of the stones in Japan. Why not try your luck at kappa fishing along this magical river. Feel like a kid again and enjoy the fun of the Tono area with the whole family.
※Kappa is a well known Japanese specter.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Iwate Hanamaki Airport Shop.
From Iwate Hanamaki Airport, 1-minute walk toward the counter of TOYOTA Rent a Car Iwate Hanamaki Airport Shop.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 5,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
1Tsuzuki Ishi Stone
The Tsuzuki Ishi in the forest of Tono is a stone embroiled in mystery and folklore. It is a large stone that is placed on top of two smaller stones. It is famous today for appearing in the Tono Monogatari collection of stories. It is not clear how this stone monument was created and for what purpose. One theory asserts that the stone marks an ancient grave. A popular myth has it that it was created by the famous 12th-century warrior monk Benkei. Why don't you visit and experience the mysterious atmosphere yourself? The forest path that leads to the stone begins at a torii gate and will take you about a 10-minute walk. The area can be accessed by car or bicycle from central Tono.
The Kappabuchi Pool is situated within Iwate Prefecture and is said in folklore to be home to the Kappa. These mystical water sprites are said to be mischievous humanoid turtles but are beloved by the locals. Visitors can even join folklorist fishing for them with cucumber by visiting the nearby tourist center to purchase a permit in an attempt to capture the mythical creature too. Oddly enough, next to the pond is a small shrine for the Kappa where women pray for an abundance of milk for their children. This location is a great getaway for families with children looking for a pleasant family fun adventure.
3Tono Furusato Village
Tono Furusato Village is an interesting replicated village of Japan’s traditional mountain village within the Tono region. You can immerse yourself in the mid-Edo period (1600-1867) feeling with the surrounding “bending-houses” built with thatched roofs. Moreover, peaceful natural scenery and many fun, rural village activities are also waiting for you in the village. During your stroll of the Tono Furusato Village, you can gain an appreciation for a truly restful experience filled with nature and a less stressful, simpler lifestyle.