Iwata City Hall
Location of Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture
|• - Mayor||Nozomu Suzuki|
|• Total||164.08 km2 (63.35 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2012)|
|• Density||1,020/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Bird||Blue Rock-thrush|
|Address||3-1, Kōnodai, Iwata-shi, Shizuoka-ken 438-8650|
Iwata (磐田市 Iwata-shi?) is a city located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, and is known for being the headquarters of the Yamaha Motor Corporation. Iwata is also home to Júbilo Iwata, a J. League soccer team, as well as Yamaha Jubilo, a rugby team.
Iwata is an ancient settlement, and contains the ruins of the Nara period provincial capital and Kokubun-ji of Tōtōmi province. During the Edo period, it developed as a post station on the Tokaidō and contained Mitsuke-juku, one of the 53 stations on the road.
During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period on October 1, 1889, Mitsuke Village of Iwata District becomes Mitsuke Town. On the same day, Nakaizumi Village and Ninomiya Village merged to from Nakaizumi Town. These two towns merged on November 1, 1940 with Saikai Village and Tenryū Village to form the new town of Iwata. Iwata Town became Iwata City on April 1, 1948.
The economy of Iwata is primarily agricultural and is known for green tea and melons grown in greenhouses, which are called "Iwata melon". The Yamaha Corporation was founded in Iwata and maintains a strong presence in the city. Yamaha Motor's headquarters is in Iwata. Suzuki Motor Corporation has a vehicle assembly plant in Iwata.
- JR Central - Tōkaidō Main Line
- Tenryū Hamanako Railroad Tenryū Hamanako Line
Sister City relations
- - Dagupan City, Philippines from February 19, 1975
- - Mountain View, California, United States from June 4, 1976
Notable people from Iwata
- Masami Nagasawa - actress
- Saori Atsumi - singer-songwriter
- Ryosuke Sasagaki - professional soccer player
- Jun Mizutani - professional table-tennis player
- Noriko Mizoguchi - judoka
Media related to Iwata, Shizuoka at Wikimedia Commons
- Iwata City official website (Japanese)