is a town
located in Iwate District
, 40° latitude
As of 2003, the town had an estimated population
of 18,264 and a density
of 46.36 persons per km². The total area is 360.55 km².
Built at the source of the Kitakami River
(北上川), the town was founded in 1960, when the four villages of Numakunai (沼宮内), Kawaguchi(川口), (御堂) and (一方井) merged. Found on Route 4
, the main highway of northern Japan, Iwate machi is famous for its blueberry
production; a local farmers' market square produces blueberry ice cream.
The town is also home to the . Since 1973, there has been an annual stone sculpture contest, with the winner being added to the display outside the town hall. The sports center's astroturf
pitch, laid in 1993, was the first in the prefecture. The success of the town's hockey club dates back to 1970, and since then both the town and high school have had a consistently strong team. The high school always places highly in the all-Japan inter-high
Its station on the Tohoku Shinkansen
, built in 2003, is one of the least used stations in all of Japan.
Iwate machi's symbols
- flower: gentian / autumn bell flower (竜胆)
- bird: Japanese Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor) (雉)
- tree: the hall pine (御堂松)