Iwate Prefecture


August 19, 2022

Iwate (岩手 県 Iwate-ken?) Is a Japanese prefecture of about 1.2 million inhabitants, with the capital in Morioka. It is located in the Tōhoku region, on the island of Honshū, and is the second largest prefecture in Japan after Hokkaidō. Iwate is located on the northeastern corner of the Tōhoku region, on the island of Honshū, and within it lies the easternmost point of the island. It borders the prefectures of Akita, Aomori and Miyagi. Among the most famous attractions are the Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi with their treasures, the Morioka castle and the Tenshochi park in Kitakami, famous for one of the largest and oldest cherry trees in Japan. Until 26 September 2011, the district of Higashiiwai was also part of it, since that date it has been incorporated into the current prefecture.


There are several theories on the origin of the name of Iwate, but the most famous goes back to the folk tale of 'Oni no tegata', associated with the shrine of the "Three Rocks" Mitsuishi in Morioka. According to legend, when Mount Iwate erupted, the three rocks were thrown into the city of Morioka. To appease the wrath of the mountain demon, the inhabitants asked for protection from the spirits of Mitsuishi, who forced the demon to promise not to annoy people anymore. As a sign of his promise, the demon left a print of his hand on the rocks, hence the name of Iwate, literally "hand of rock".

Infrastructure and transport

The Tōhoku Shinkansen high-speed line passes along the north-south route, as well as several local lines.


Other projects

Wikimedia Commons contains images or other files about Iwate prefecture

External links

(JA) Official site, at pref.iwate.jp. (EN) Official site, on pref.iwate.jp. (ZH) Official site, on pref.iwate.jp. (EN) Iwate Prefecture, in Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.