Iwate Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture

Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese岩手県
 • RōmajiIwate-ken
Official logo of Iwate Prefecture
Location of Iwate Prefecture
 • GovernorTakuya Tasso
 • Total15,278.40 km2 (5,899.02 sq mi)
Area rank2nd
 (1 October 2018)
 • Total1,240,522
 • Rank32nd
 • Density81.19/km2 (210.3/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-03
FlowerPaulownia tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
TreeNanbu red pine (Pinus densiflora)

Iwate Prefecture (岩手県, Iwate-ken) is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. Located on the main island of Honshu, it contains the island's easternmost point.[1] The capital is Morioka.[2] Iwate has the lowest population density of any prefecture outside Hokkaido. Famous attractions include the Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi, including Chūson-ji and Mōtsū-ji with their treasures, Fujiwara no Sato, a movie lot and theme park in Esashi Ward, Oshu City, Tenshochi, a park in Kitakami City known for its big, old cherry trees and Morioka Castle in Morioka City.


There are several theories about the origin of the name "Iwate", but the most well known is the tale Oni no tegata, which is associated with the Mitsuishi or "Three Rocks" Shrine in Morioka. These rocks are said to have been thrown down into Morioka by an eruption of Mt. Iwate. According to the legend, there was once a devil who often tormented and harassed the local people. When the people prayed to the spirits of Mitsuishi for protection, the devil was immediately shackled to these rocks and forced to make a promise never to trouble the people again.[3] As a seal of his oath, the devil made a handprint on one of the rocks, thus giving rise to the name Iwate, literally "rock hand". Even now after a rainfall it is said that the devil's hand print can still be seen there.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Iwate-prefektuur
azərbaycanca: İvate prefekturası
Bân-lâm-gú: Iwate-koān
беларуская: Іватэ
Bikol Central: Prepekturang Iwate
Cebuano: Iwate-ken
čeština: Prefektura Iwate
davvisámegiella: Iwate prefektuvra
Esperanto: Gubernio Iŭate
贛語: 岩手县
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Iwate-yen
한국어: 이와테현
Bahasa Indonesia: Prefektur Iwate
Kiswahili: Mkoa wa Iwate
Latina: Iwateensis
македонски: Ивате (префектура)
Bahasa Melayu: Wilayah Iwate
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Iwate-gâing
монгол: Иватэ
Nederlands: Iwate (prefectuur)
日本語: 岩手県
پنجابی: ضلع ایواٹے
ភាសាខ្មែរ: ខេត្តអ៊ីវ៉ាតិ
português: Iwate (prefeitura)
Simple English: Iwate Prefecture
slovenčina: Iwate (prefektúra)
српски / srpski: Префектура Ивате
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Prefektura Ivate
Basa Sunda: Iwate Prefecture
svenska: Iwate
Türkçe: Iwate
українська: Префектура Івате
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ئىۋاتە ناھىيىسى
Tiếng Việt: Iwate
文言: 岩手縣
吴语: 岩手县
粵語: 岩手縣
中文: 岩手县