Iwata, Shizuoka

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Iwata
磐田市
City
Iwata City Hall
Iwata City Hall
Flag of Iwata
Flag
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′4.4″N 137°51′5.5″E / 34.717889°N 137.851528°E / 34.717889; 137.851528Coordinates: 34°43′4.4″N 137°51′5.5″E / 34.717889°N 137.851528°E / 34.717889; 137.851528
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
Government
 • - Mayor Nozomu Suzuki
Area
 • Total 163.45 km2 (63.11 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
 • Total 164,680
 • Density 1,010/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, 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.

As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 164,680 and a population density was 1,010 persons per km². The total area was 163.45 square kilometres (63.11 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

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

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

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.

Education[edit]

Iwata has 23 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and five high schools, as well as two special education shoold. There is also two international schools, the CEP Brasil – Centro Educacional e Profissionalizante - Brazilian school[1] and the Escola Objetivo de Iwata Tia Rosa, a Brazilian primary school[1]

Iwata formerly hosted another Brazilian school, a primary school called Escola Nipo-Brasileira de Iwata.[2]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister City relations[edit]

Notable people from Iwata[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. February 7, 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

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