Iwate Prefecture facts for kids
|Area (rank)||15,278.40 km² (2nd)|
|- % water||0.1%|
|Population (1 Oct 2010)|
|- Population||1,330,530 (30th)|
|- Density||90 /km²|
|- Flower||Paulownia tree (Paulownia tomentosa)|
|- Tree||Nanbu red pine (Pinus densiflora)|
|- Bird||Green pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)|
Symbol of Iwate Prefecture
The area of Iwate was part of Mutsu Province.
The new provinces were abolished in July 1871.
In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. Maps of Japan and Mutsu Province were changed in the 1870s.
Iwate is the second largest prefecture after Hokkaido.
The prefecture is in the Tōhoku region of Honshū island. It has the island's easternmost point. The eastern coastline faces the Pacific Ocean. Iwate shares its northern border with Aomori Prefecture. The western border meets Akita Prefecture. Its southern border is shared with Miyagi Prefecture.
National parks cover about 5% of the total land area of the prefecture. They include:
- Towada-Hachimantai National Park
- Rikuchu Kaigan National Park
Shrines and temples
Tsutsukowake jinja is the main Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of the prefecture.
Iwate Prefecture Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.