Yahaba Station east exit
Location of Yahaba in Iwate Prefecture
|• Total||67.28 km2 (25.98 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2014)|
|• Density||400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Bird||Common cuckoo|
|Address||13-123 Minamiyahaba Yahaba-chō, Shiwa-gun, Iwate-ken 027-8501|
Yahaba (矢巾町 Yahaba-chō?) is a town located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2014, the town had an estimated population of 26,880 and a population density of 400 persons per km². The total area was 67.28 km².
Yahaba is located in central Iwate Prefecture.
The area of present-day Yahaba was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period. The area was inhabited by the Emishi people, and came under the control of the Yamato dynasty during the early Heian period with the construction Tokutan Castle (徳丹城?) a fortified settlement, by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro in 813 AD. 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 Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.
The villages of Kemuyama, Tokuda and Fudo were established within Shiwa District on April 1, 1889. The three villages merged on March 1, 1955 to form Yahaba village, which was raised to town status on May 1, 1966.
The local economy of Yahaba is traditionally based on agriculture, primarily rice cultivation. However, due to its proximity to Morioka, light industries and warehousing have been increasing in importance.
Media related to Yahaba, Iwate at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)