Morioka, Iwate facts for kids

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Core city
盛岡市 · Morioka City
Flag of Morioka
Location of Morioka in Iwate prefecture
Location of Morioka in Iwate prefecture
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Iwate prefecture
 • Total 886.47 km2 (342.27 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 300,740
 • Density 588/km2 (1,520/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Katsura
- Flower Rabbitear iris
Phone number 019-651-4111
Address 12-2 Uchimaru, Morioka-shi

Morioka (盛岡市 Morioka-shi) is a city in the Tōhoku region of Japan on the island of Honshu. It is the capital city of Iwate Prefecture.

It has been recognized as a core city since 2008.


In the 9th century, Sakanoue no Tamuramaro led forces which brought the region under imperial control.

In 1599, Morioka was founded as a castle town (jōka-machi).

In the Boshin War, Morioka was a pro-shogunate city.

During the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, Morioka was hit by a 6.1 earthquake.


The Iwate Museum of Art (IMA) is in Morioka. IMA's collection includes works works by notable local artists.

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