Iwaizumi, Iwate

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Iwaizumi Town Hall
Iwaizumi Town Hall
Flag of Iwaizumi
Official seal of Iwaizumi
Location of Iwaizumi in Iwate Prefecture
Location of Iwaizumi in Iwate Prefecture
Iwaizumi is located in Japan
Coordinates: 39°51′N 141°48′E / 39.850°N 141.800°E / 39.850; 141.800Coordinates: 39°51′N 141°48′E / 39.850°N 141.800°E / 39.850; 141.800
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Iwate
District Shimohei
 • Total 992.90 km2 (383.36 sq mi)
Population (February 2014)
 • Total 10,007
 • Density 10.1/km2 (26/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Pinus densiflora
• Flower Paulownia tomentosa
• Bird Copper pheasant
Phone number 0194-22-2111 
Address Iwaizumi-aze Sohata 59-5, Iwaizumi-chō, Shimohei-gun, Iwate 027-0595
Website Official website

Iwaizumi (岩泉町 Iwaizumi-chō?) is a town located in Shimohei District, Iwate, Japan. As of February 2014, the town had an estimated population of 10,007 and a population density of 10.01 persons per km2. The total area was 992.91  km2.


Iwaizumi occupies the Kitakamikochi Plateau in northeast Iwate prefecture, east of the prefectural capital of Morioka. It has a small coastline. The area is mountainous, and has numerous limestone caves, including the Ryūsendō.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Iwaizumi was part of ancient Mutsu Province, dominated by the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The village of Iwaizumi was created within Kitahei District on April 1, 1889. Kitahei, Nakahei and Higashihei Districts were all merged into Minamihei District on March 29, 1896. Iwaizumi was elevated to town status on August 1, 1922. On September 30, 1956, Imaizumi annexed the neighboring villages of Akka, Ugei, Okawa and Omoto and on April 1, 1957 annexed the village of Kogawa to reach is present borders.


The local economy is based on agriculture and to a lesser extent on commercial fishing.



The JR East Iwaizumi Line, which connected Iwaizumi with Moichi Station on the Yamada Line, officially closed on April 1, 2014.


Local attractions[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

Noted people from Iwaizumi[edit]


  1. ^ Krejci, Anna (22 October 2010). "Dells-Iwaizumi mark 20 years of sister city relations". Wisconsin Dells Events. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 

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