Iwami, Tottori

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Flag of Iwami
Location of Iwami in Tottori Prefecture
Location of Iwami in Tottori Prefecture
Iwami is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°35′N 134°20′E / 35.583°N 134.333°E / 35.583; 134.333Coordinates: 35°35′N 134°20′E / 35.583°N 134.333°E / 35.583; 134.333
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku
Prefecture Tottori Prefecture
District Iwami
 • Total 122.38 km2 (47.25 sq mi)
Population (March 1, 2008)
 • Total 12,827
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Iris
Address 675-1 Uradome, Iwami-chō, Tottori-ken
Phone number 0857-73-1411
Website Town of Iwami
Squid drying in Iwami harbor.
The Iwami beach front following a close encounter with a typhoon.

Iwami (岩美町 Iwami-chō?) is a town located in Iwami District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

Iwami lies entirely within the San'in Kaigan Geopark.[1]


Located in eastern Tottori, Iwami faces the Sea of Japan to the north. As of March 1, 2008, the town has an estimated population of 12,827 and a density of 105 persons per km². The total area is 122.38 km². The surrounding landscape is dominated by low-lying hills and slopes; much of the built town and residential areas are located in flatter land between the heights. The north of the town borders onto Uradome Beach, though much of the rest of the coast consists of rough rocky outcrops and small inlets and bays. 15 km of this, collectively known as the Uradome Coast, is part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park.[2] The Gamō River runs through the centre of the town. Iwami is around 30 minutes by train from the prefectural capital of Tottori City, and is the third stop by train heading east on the Tottori-Hamasaka line. Hyōgo Prefecture and Iwami's sister town town of Shin'onsen are relatively nearby as well.

Weather in Iwami can be quite changeable, with summer temperatures peaking at over 30 degrees Celsius in August and dropping as low as -2 degrees in January and February. Whilst relatively tectonically stable for Japan, the area is prone to the occasional typhoon during the season.


There are three elementary schools - Iwami Minami, Nishi, and Kita - as well as a junior high school and a high school. In July 2005 the Iwami High School baseball team progressed to the semi-finals in the prefecture-wide high schools' baseball tournament. This was the furthest the team had ever progressed and was an event of prefecture-wide significance. They lost in the semi-finals to Tottori Nishi High School.

The majority of the town's working population works on squid fishing boats or farm, the most common crop being rice. Iwami also has a locally renowned onsen (hot spring), the Iwai onsen.

Iwami also features several restaurants which provide seafood-based meals and okonomiyaki, as well as a Family Mart and a Suntopia.


  1. ^ "What is San'in Kaigan Geopark" on the official website of San'in Kaigan Geopark (in Japanese)
  2. ^ http://www.iwami.gr.jp/information/index.html

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