Iwate, Iwate

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Iwate Town Hall
Iwate Town Hall
Flag of Iwate
Official seal of Iwate
Location of Iwate in Iwate Prefecture
Location of Iwate in Iwate Prefecture
Iwate is located in Japan
Location of Iwate in Iwate Prefecture
Coordinates: 39°58′22″N 141°12′43.8″E / 39.97278°N 141.212167°E / 39.97278; 141.212167Coordinates: 39°58′22″N 141°12′43.8″E / 39.97278°N 141.212167°E / 39.97278; 141.212167
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Iwate
District Iwate
 • Total 360.46 km2 (139.17 sq mi)
Population (March 2017)
 • Total 13,947
 • Density 38.69/km2 (100.2/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Pine
• Flower Rindo
• Bird Green pheasant
Phone number 0195-62-2111 
Address Itsukaichi dai-10 jiwari 44, Iwate-machi, Iwate-gun, Iwate-ken 028-4395
Website http://town.iwate.iwate.jp/

Iwate (岩手町, Iwate-machi) is a town located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 March 2017, the town had an estimated population of 13,974, and a population density of 38.69 persons per km2 in 5423 households. The total area of the town is 360.46 square kilometres (139.17 sq mi).[1]


Iwate is located in an inland region in northwest Iwate Prefecture.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Iwate Town has a humid oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Iwate is 8.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1384 mm with September as the wettest month, and February as the driest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around -4.1 °C.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Iwate has steadily declined over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 21,725
1980 20,350
1990 19,141
2000 17,372
2010 14,988


The area of present-day Iwate was part of ancient Mutsu Province. It was under the control of the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.

Numakunai, Kawaguchi, Ikkatai and Midō villages were created within Kita-Iwate District on April 1, 1889, with the establishment of the municipality system. Kita-Iwate and Minami-Iwate Districts merged to form Iwate District on March 29, 1896. The four villages merged to form Iwate Town on July 21, 1955.


The local economy is based on agriculture. Iwate is famous for its blueberry production.


Iwate has five public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Iwate Prefectural Board of Education.




Local attractions[edit]

  • Ishigami-no-Oka Art Museum

Notable people from Iwate[edit]


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