Iwata City Hall
Location of Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture
|• - Mayor||Osamu Watanabe|
|• Total||163.45 km2 (63.11 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2015)|
|• Density||1,010/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, widely known as 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.
On the North exit of JR Iwata station, the Great Camphor tree of Zendoji temple is situated. It was once a part of Zendoji temple and it is believed to be 700 years old. Its height is 18.3 meters and its diameter at chest height is 2.87 meters. The root structure bulges out of the ground creating a second level, and the circumference at the portion touching the surface is 32.9 meters.
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.
Iwata has 23 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and five high schools, as well as two special education schools. There are also two international schools, the CEP Brasil – Centro Educacional e Profissionalizante - Brazilian school and the Escola Objetivo de Iwata Tia Rosa, a Brazilian primary school
Iwata formerly hosted another Brazilian school, a primary school called Escola Nipo-Brasileira de 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
- Mima Ito - professional table-tennis player
- "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
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- "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
Media related to Iwata, Shizuoka at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese)