Outline of Iwata City
You can see the location, history, population, land area, and other information concerning Iwata City.
164.08 square kilometers
Stretching about 11.5km east to west and 27.1km north to south
172,814（As of April 1, 2012）
Iwata City, which stretches along the east bank of the Tenryu River in the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture, is located at the geographic center of Japan and faces the Sea of Enshu.
Iwata City has a long history where more than 500 ancient burial mounds from the Kofun period, or tumulus period, remain even today. In the Nara period, the Totomi Kokubunji (provincial monastery) and the Totomi Kokufu (municipality) were established here. Later, in the Edo period, the city developed as an important transportation hub. Being one of 53 post stations of the Tokaido, the city was called “Mitsuke-juku,” and enjoyed prosperity.
Iwata City is an industrial city, which has been manufacturing metal, automobile, and musical instruments in recent years, as well as textiles, the traditional product of the city. In 2006, Iwata City ranked 2nd in the prefecture and 12th in the nation in terms of the shipment of manufactured goods. Also, the city is one of the largest agricultural producers in the prefecture. Major agricultural and fishery products of the city include greenhouse melons, green tea, white leaks, ebi-imo (a type of taro), Chinese vegetables, and young sardine. Both city areas and rural areas have developed in a balanced manner in Iwata City.
The design of the city logo is based on a Japanese hiragana character “い”(i), which is the first letter of “Iwata” when it is written in hiragana characters. It expresses the dynamism of the city in creating a “new era”. The blue line which leads to the future and the green circle symbolizes an affluent “city of comfort and vitality” which takes advantage of its rich natural environment, culture and history. At the center is the red sun representing unlimited “hope” for the future and the energetic unity of the people.
The "flower of the city" Azalea
Azalea are popular among people of the city. When in full bloom, you can enjoy about 30 types and 3,500 azalea coming into flower at “Tsutsuji (azalea) Park”. The flower is also commonly found around the city in such places as parks, streets and the front yard of houses. Generally, azalea produces beautiful pink, red or white flowers from mid-April to May.
The "tree of the city" The Camphor tree
The camphor tree is an evergreen which grows very large. The image of the tree is associated with the prosperity of the city. There are several huge trees in the city, among which Zendoji Okusu (the huge camphor tree of Zendoji temple), a Prefectural Natural Treasure located at the north exit of JR Iwata Station, is an impressive tree. Estimated at 700 years old, it is a nice symbol of the city.
The "Insect of the city" Bekko Tombo (Bekko Dragonfly)
The name of Bekko Tombo comes from the pattern on the wings and the color of the abdomen, which looks like tortoise shell or bekko. You can see the dragonflies flying around from April to June. Bekko Tombo is so rare an insect that it is designated as an endangered species. Okegayanuma (Okegaya Pond), a “dragonflies’ paradise”, is one of its most stable habitats in the country.