Iwate Town Hall
Location of Iwate in Iwate Prefecture
|• Total||360.46 km2 (139.17 sq mi)|
|Population (March 2017)|
|• Density||38.69/km2 (100.2/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Bird||Green pheasant|
|Address||Itsukaichi dai-10 jiwari 44, Iwate-machi, Iwate-gun, Iwate-ken 028-4395|
Iwate (岩手町 Iwate-machi?) is a town located in Iwate Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. As of 31 March 2017[update], 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 was 360.46 square kilometres (139.17 sq mi).
Iwate is located in an inland region in northwest Iwate Prefecture.
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.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Iwate has steadily declined over the past 40 years.
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.
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Tōhoku Shinkansen
- Iwate Ginga Railway Line (JR East)
- Ishigami-no-Oka Art Museum
Notable people from Iwate
- Seishirō Itagaki – Imperial Japanese Army general