Iwata, Shizuoka

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Iwata
磐田市
City
Iwata City Hall
Iwata City Hall
Official seal of Iwata
Seal
Location of Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture
Iwata is located in Japan
Iwata
Iwata
 
Coordinates: 34°43′N 137°51′E / 34.717°N 137.850°E / 34.717; 137.850Coordinates: 34°43′N 137°51′E / 34.717°N 137.850°E / 34.717; 137.850
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
Government
 • - Mayor Nozomu Suzuki
Area
 • Total 164.08 km2 (63.35 sq mi)
Population (June 2012)
 • Total 166,963
 • Density 1,020/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Camphor
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Blue Rock-thrush
Phone number 0538-37-4827
Address 3-1, Kōnodai, Iwata-shi, Shizuoka-ken 438-8650
Website www.city.iwata.shizuoka.jp

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.

As of June 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 166,963 and a population density was 1,020 persons per km². The total area is 164.08 km².

Geography[edit]

Iwata is located in southwestern Shizuoka Prefecture, bordered by the Tenryū River to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

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History[edit]

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.

On April 1, 2005, the towns of Fukude, Ryūyō and Toyoda, and the village of Toyooka (all from Iwata District) were merged into Iwata City.

Economy[edit]

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.

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Notable people from Iwata[edit]

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