Iwamizawa, Hokkaido

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Iwamizawa
岩見沢市
City
Flag of Iwamizawa
Flag
Location of Iwamizawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Iwamizawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Iwamizawa is located in Japan
Iwamizawa
Iwamizawa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°12′N 141°47′E / 43.200°N 141.783°E / 43.200; 141.783Coordinates: 43°12′N 141°47′E / 43.200°N 141.783°E / 43.200; 141.783
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Government
 • Mayor Satoru Matsuno
Area
 • Total 481.10 km2 (185.75 sq mi)
Population (December 31, 2009)
 • Total 90,969
 • Density 189/km2 (490/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Kobushi Magnolia
- Flower Rose
- Bird Pigeon
Address 1-1-1, Hatogaoka, Iwamizawa-shi, Hokkaido
068-8686
Phone number 0126-23-4111
Website www.city.iwamizawa.hokkaido.jp

Iwamizawa (岩見沢市 Iwamizawa-shi?) is a city in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital of Sorachi Subprefecture.

As of 2009, the city has an estimated population of 90,969 and the density of 189 persons per km². The total area is 481.10 km2 (186 sq mi).

On March 27, 2006, the town of Kurisawa, and the village of Kita (both from Sorachi District, Sorachi Subprefecture) merged into Iwamizawa.[1]

History[edit]

The name of "Iwamizawa" is derived from Japanese word "Yuamisawa" (浴澤?).Yuami (?) and sawa (?) means "Bathing" and "A swamp".[2]

Iwamizawa was developed as a hub of land transportation around Iwamizawa Station.[1]

  • 1906 Iwamizawa village became Iwamizawa town.
  • 1943 Iwamizawa town became Iwamizawa city.
  • 2006 Kurisawa town and Kita village were merged into Iwamizawa city.

Climate[edit]

Iwamizawa has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with warm summers and cold winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.

Climate data for Iwamizawa, Hokkaido
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −2.6
(27.3)
−1.8
(28.8)
2.5
(36.5)
10.5
(50.9)
17.3
(63.1)
21.2
(70.2)
24.7
(76.5)
25.9
(78.6)
21.6
(70.9)
15.0
(59)
7.1
(44.8)
0.6
(33.1)
11.83
(53.31)
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.2
(20.8)
−5.8
(21.6)
−1.5
(29.3)
5.5
(41.9)
11.5
(52.7)
15.7
(60.3)
19.7
(67.5)
21.1
(70)
16.3
(61.3)
9.8
(49.6)
3.2
(37.8)
−2.7
(27.1)
7.22
(44.99)
Average low °C (°F) −10.6
(12.9)
−10.4
(13.3)
−5.8
(21.6)
0.8
(33.4)
6.2
(43.2)
11.3
(52.3)
16.0
(60.8)
17.2
(63)
11.6
(52.9)
5.0
(41)
−0.6
(30.9)
−6.5
(20.3)
2.85
(37.13)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 111.5
(4.39)
86.8
(3.417)
59.0
(2.323)
63.4
(2.496)
70.3
(2.768)
76.0
(2.992)
95.3
(3.752)
156.4
(6.157)
131.4
(5.173)
110.2
(4.339)
116.6
(4.591)
127.4
(5.016)
1,204.3
(47.414)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 221
(87)
162
(63.8)
72
(28.3)
8
(3.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2
(0.8)
81
(31.9)
211
(83.1)
757
(298)
Average relative humidity (%) 80 78 75 70 71 78 81 81 78 76 77 80 77.1
Mean monthly sunshine hours 93.0 117.0 168.4 178.4 203.0 189.0 173.5 169.5 169.3 150.3 84.0 69.7 1,765.1
Source: NOAA (1961-1990) [3]

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

In the past, Horonai Line and Manji Line ran from Iwamizawa.

Road[edit]

Education[edit]

Universities[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Hokkaido Iwamizawa Higashi High School
  • Hokkaido Iwamizawa Nishi High School
  • Hokkaido Iwamizawa Agricultural High School
  • Hokkaido Iwamizawa Ryokuryo High School

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

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