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Iwamizawa, Hokkaido

Iwamizawa
岩見沢市
City
Flag of Iwamizawa
Flag
Location of Iwamizawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Iwamizawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Iwamizawa is located in Japan
Iwamizawa
Location in Japan
Coordinates:
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Government
 • Mayor Satoru Matsuno
Area
 • Total 481.10 km2 (185.75 sq mi)
Population (December 31, 2009)
 • Total 90,969
 • Density 189/km2 (490/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Kobushi Magnolia
 • Flower Rose
 • Bird Pigeon
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 1-1-1, Hatogaoka, Iwamizawa-shi, Hokkaido
068-8686
Phone number 0126-23-4111
Website .jp.hokkaido.iwamizawa.citywww

Iwamizawa (岩見沢市 Iwamizawa-shi) is a city in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital of Sorachi Subprefecture.

As of 2009, the city has an estimated population of 90,969 and the density of 189 persons per km². The total area is 481.10 km2 (186 sq mi).

On March 27, 2006, the town of Kurisawa, and the village of Kita (both from Sorachi District, Sorachi Subprefecture) merged into Iwamizawa.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Climate 2
  • Transportation 3
    • Rail 3.1
    • Road 3.2
  • Education 4
    • Universities 4.1
    • High schools 4.2
  • Sister cities 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

The name of "Iwamizawa" is derived from Japanese word "Yuamisawa" (浴澤).Yuami () and sawa () means "Bathing" and "A swamp".[2]

Iwamizawa was developed as a hub of land transportation around Iwamizawa Station.[1]

  • 1906 Iwamizawa village became Iwamizawa town.
  • 1943 Iwamizawa town became Iwamizawa city.
  • 2006 Kurisawa town and Kita village were merged into Iwamizawa city.

Climate

Iwamizawa has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with warm summers and cold winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.

Climate data for Iwamizawa, Hokkaido
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −2.6
(27.3)
−1.8
(28.8)
2.5
(36.5)
10.5
(50.9)
17.3
(63.1)
21.2
(70.2)
24.7
(76.5)
25.9
(78.6)
21.6
(70.9)
15.0
(59)
7.1
(44.8)
0.6
(33.1)
11.83
(53.31)
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.2
(20.8)
−5.8
(21.6)
−1.5
(29.3)
5.5
(41.9)
11.5
(52.7)
15.7
(60.3)
19.7
(67.5)
21.1
(70)
16.3
(61.3)
9.8
(49.6)
3.2
(37.8)
−2.7
(27.1)
7.22
(44.99)
Average low °C (°F) −10.6
(12.9)
−10.4
(13.3)
−5.8
(21.6)
0.8
(33.4)
6.2
(43.2)
11.3
(52.3)
16.0
(60.8)
17.2
(63)
11.6
(52.9)
5.0
(41)
−0.6
(30.9)
−6.5
(20.3)
2.85
(37.13)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 111.5
(4.39)
86.8
(3.417)
59.0
(2.323)
63.4
(2.496)
70.3
(2.768)
76.0
(2.992)
95.3
(3.752)
156.4
(6.157)
131.4
(5.173)
110.2
(4.339)
116.6
(4.591)
127.4
(5.016)
1,204.3
(47.414)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 221
(87)
162
(63.8)
72
(28.3)
8
(3.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2
(0.8)
81
(31.9)
211
(83.1)
757
(298)
Average relative humidity (%) 80 78 75 70 71 78 81 81 78 76 77 80 77.1
Mean monthly sunshine hours 93.0 117.0 168.4 178.4 203.0 189.0 173.5 169.5 169.3 150.3 84.0 69.7 1,765.1
Source: NOAA (1961-1990) [3]

Transportation

Rail

In the past, Horonai Line and Manji Line ran from Iwamizawa.

Road

Education

Universities

High schools

  • Hokkaido Iwamizawa Higashi High School
  • Hokkaido Iwamizawa Nishi High School
  • Hokkaido Iwamizawa Agricultural High School
  • Hokkaido Iwamizawa Ryokuryo High School

Sister cities

References

  1. ^ a b The history of Iwamizawa
  2. ^ The origin of the name
  3. ^ "Iwamizawa Climate Normals 1961-1990".  
  4. ^ "Pocatello, Idaho".  
  5. ^ Fostering International Exchange in Iwamizawa

External links

  • Official website (Japanese)
  • Sightseeing information website (Japanese)
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