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Iwate Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture
Prefecture information
NameIwate
Japanese岩手県
Japanese nameIwate-ken
CapitalMorioka
RegionTohoku
IslandHonshu
GovernorTakuya Tasso
Area15278.40 km2 (2nd)
% water0.1
Population1330530 (30th) (1 Oct 2010)
Districts10
Municipalities33

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|} is the second largest prefecture of Japan after Hokkaido. It is located in the Tōhoku region of Honshū island and contains the island's easternmost point. The capital is Morioka. 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.


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