Miyako (Iwate)Honshu, Japan's main island. The main attraction is its surrounding national park and the Jodoga-hama beach.
For about the same price (just under ￥2000), you can take the more frequent "106 Bus" run by Iwate Kenpoku. There is about one bus per hour, the earliest leaving Morioka/Miyako around 6 and the last at about 8:30. See http://www.iwate-kenpokubus.co.jp/toshikan_bus/schedule_02.html (in Japanese). From Morioka Station, go out the East Exit and board the bus at stop number 7 (乗り場７). From Miyako, board the bus in front of the JTB Travel Agency.
Half a dozen buses leave from the stops in front of the station. From stop number 3 buses leave hourly for the Jodogahama beach and get there in about 20 minutes. Get off one stop earlier at the Terminal Building (ターミナルビル) and walk along the coast for some 500 meters to save a few yen and see more.
Snake EyesServes a wide variety of Japanese food to suit any taste. English-speaking staff is also available.
KaishuThis ryokan and restaurant has great seafood.
Yoshi-zushiSome locals say this is the best sushi in town. The restaurant serves blowfish and also has a large Japanese sake selection.
SunoyaA conveyer belt sushi restaurant with friendly staff. Limited English spoken.
Mecca is a bar on the south side of town. To get there walk to the crossing where Elk is and instead of crossing turn right, and follow that road. Follow it around to the left and walk to the end of that road, and you should see a big neon sign on your right. The bartender speaks some English and loves foreigners. He's also quite well connected around town and will recommend good places to go. It's about ¥500 for a beer. It's open whenever Nakano feels like opening it until the last customer goes home. Since many hostesses go there after work, this may end up being until 5am. Occasionally holds hip-hop/RnB events.
1950 is a small 50s themed bar on the same road as Mecca. It has reasonable prices, a large selection of drinks and is also open until the early hours. The vast majority of clientele are people winding down from work in restaurants and other bars. Bartender is very friendly.
Roji is an Izakaya in the centre of town. The bartender is knows his sake and will quite often give you free samples should you express an interest. It comes in a little bit expensive, but the food and decor are first class. Normally stays open until around 1am.
S is a jazz bar located behind Roji. It has a large selection of whiskies and on occasion, live performances. It is one of the more expensive bars in town, but is often one of the only places still open at 3am. Sometimes has some very elegant, high-class customers.
Momo and Tomato are two hostess bars located in the building above S/Roji. Cheaper than the Elk but you get what you pay for. The barstaff are less pretty and sometimes less friendly. Also, you will need to bring some Japanese skills with you.
- Suehiro-kan Youth Hostel, just a two minutes walk from the station. It's an old but clean place with no curfew, though you might be hard pressed to stay out late in the city.
- Miyako Station Koyou (宮古ステーション古窯) is a business hotel located about five minutes away from the station, with clean, modern rooms and free broadband internet connections available to those with computers. Each room also has two free pornographic television channels.