Ninohe City Hall
Location of Ninohe in Iwate Prefecture
|• Total||420.31 km2 (162.28 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2014)|
|• Density||67.7/km2 (175/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Toxicodendron vernicifluum|
|• Flower||Prunus serrulata|
|• Bird||Green pheasant|
|Address||47, Fukuoka Aza Kawamata, Ninohe-shi, Iwate-ken 028-6192|
Ninohe (二戸市 Ninohe-shi?) is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2014, the city had an estimated population of 28,452 and a population density of 67.7 persons per km2. The total area was 420.31 km2.
Ninohe is located in far north-center Iwate Prefecture, bordered by Aomori Prefecture to the north.
- Aomori Prefecture
- Iwate Prefecture
The area of present-day Ninohe was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period. During the Sengoku period, the area was dominated by various samurai clans before coming under the control of the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Hachinohe Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.
The town of Fukuoka and the villages of Jōbōji, Kindaichi, Gohenchi, Tomai, Ishikiridokoro, and Nisattai were established within Ninohe District on April 1, 1889. Jōbōji was elevated to town status on December 25, 1940. Gohenchi, Tomai, Ishikiridokoro, and Nisattai merged with Fukuoka on March 10, 1955. The modern city was founded on April 1, 1972 with the merger of the town of Fukuoka with the village of Kindaichi. On January 1, 2006, the city of Ninohe annexed the town of Jōbōji.
The local economy is based on agriculture.
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Tōhoku Shinkansen
- Iwate Ginga Railway Line
- Site of Kunohe Castle, a National Historic Site 
- Kindaichi Onsen is a popular hot spring resort in the town.
- Tendai-ji temple, founded in the Nara period
Noted people from Ninohe
Media related to Ninohe, Iwate at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)