Ichinoseki, Iwate

Coordinates: 38°56′5″N 141°07′35.7″E / 38.93472°N 141.126583°E / 38.93472; 141.126583
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Ichinoseki Skyline
Ichinoseki Skyline
Flag of Ichinoseki
Official seal of Ichinoseki
Location of Ichinoseki in Iwate Prefecture
Location of Ichinoseki in Iwate Prefecture
Ichinoseki is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°56′5″N 141°07′35.7″E / 38.93472°N 141.126583°E / 38.93472; 141.126583
 • Total1,256.42 km2 (485.11 sq mi)
 (June 1, 2017)
 • Total120,008
 • Density95.5/km2 (247/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreeJapanese beech
• FlowerCanola
• BirdJapanese bush-warbler
Phone number0191-21-2111
Address7-2 Takeyama-chō, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate-ken 021-8501
WebsiteOfficial website

Ichinoseki (一関市, Ichinoseki-shi) is a city in the south of Iwate Prefecture, Japan and on the Iwai River. After Morioka and Ōshū, it is the third largest city in the prefecture.

Description[change | change source]

Ichinoseki-city, Iwate Prefecture, northeast from Tsuriyama Park
View of Ichinoseki-city from Tsuriyama Park

Ichinoseki is in the southernmost area of Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan. The city's name means first gate in Japanese. The city has expanded in area by taking in and joining neighboring towns. The current city of Ichinoseki became larger after 7 towns merged on September 20, 2005. The city is now equivalent to former Iwai District, and it is connected to Miyagi and Akita Prefectures. The population is nearly 120,000, with 42,335 households.

Population[change | change source]

There are many factories belonging to large Japanese companies such as Sony and NEC in Ichinoseki. The city has many Brazilian workers living there. Outside the city center there are many farms. Some Chinese and Filipino women have moved here to marry local farmers.

Attractions[change | change source]

Geibikei Gorge, Ichinoseki-city, Iwate Prefecture
Geibikei Gorge, Ichinoseki

Ichinoseki is close to historically important Hiraizumi to the north. Tsuriyama Park is near the center of the original city of Ichinoseki. Tsuriyama Park gives a good view of Ichinoseki. Hondera Farm Village has been named an Important Cultural Landscape.[1]

City History[change | change source]

  • April 1, 1948 - The city of Ichinoseki was started by combining 2 towns and 2 villages.
  • January 1, 1955 - The city of Ichinoseki merged with the villages of Genbi, Hagisho, Maikawa, and Yasakae to make a new city of Ichinoseki
  • September 1, 1956 - The city added parts of the town Hiraizumi.
  • May 1, 1964 - The city added parts of the town Hiraizumi for the second time.
  • September 20, 2005 - the towns of Daitō, Higashiyama, and Senmaya, and the villages of Kawasaki and Murone (all from Higashiiwai District) and the town of Hanaizumi (from Nishiiwai District) merged with the old city of Ichinoseki and approximately doubled the old city's population and nearly tripled its size.

Sister Cities/Friendship Cities[change | change source]

In Japan[change | change source]

Railway[change | change source]

Ichinoseki Station

East Japan Railway Company[change | change source]

Tōhoku Shinkansen[change | change source]

Tōhoku Main Line[change | change source]

Ōfunato Line[change | change source]

Education[change | change source]

Elementary Schools[change | change source]

  • Akoogi Elementary School (一関市立赤荻小学校)
  • Ichinoseki Elementary School (一関市立一関小学校)
  • Genbi Elementary School (一関市立厳美小学校)
  • Takizawa Elementary School (一関市立滝沢小学校)
  • Nakasato Elementary School (一関市立中里小学校)
  • Hagisho Elementary School (一関市立萩荘小学校)
  • Maikawa Elementary School (一関市立舞川小学校)
  • Minami Elementary School (一関市立南小学校)
  • Yasakae Elementary School (一関市立弥栄小学校)
  • Kanasawa Elementary School (一関市立金澤小学校)
  • Nagai Elementary School (一関市立永井小学校)
  • Hanaizumi Elementary School (一関市立花泉小学校)
  • Yushima Elementary School (一関市立油島小学校)
  • Iwashimizu Elementary School (一関市立磐清水小学校)
  • Okutama Elementary School (一関市立奥玉小学校)
  • Senmaya Elementary School (一関市立千厩小学校)
  • Nagasaka Elementary School (一関市立長坂小学校)
  • Takodu Elementary School 一関市立田河津小学校
  • Matsukawa Elementary School (一関市立松川小学校)
  • Yokosawa Elementary School (一関市立浜横沢小学校)
  • Usugi Elementary School (一関市立薄衣小学校)

Junior High Schools[change | change source]

  • Ichinoseki Junior High School
  • Genbi Junior High School 一関市立厳美中学校
  • Sakuramachi Junior High School (一関市立桜町中学校)
  • Nakasato Junior High School (一関市立中里中学校)
  • Hagisho Junior High School (一関市立萩荘中学校)
  • Hondera Junior High School (一関市立本寺中学校)
  • Maikawa Junior High School (一関市立舞川中学校)
  • Mataki Junior High School (一関市立真滝中学校)
  • Yasakae Junior High School (一関市立弥栄中学校)
  • Yamanome Junior High School (一関市立山目中学校)
  • Hanaizumi Junior High School (一関市立花泉中学校)
  • Ohara Junior High School (一関市立大原中学校)
  • Daito Elementary School (一関市立大東中学校)
  • Senmaya Junior High School (一関市立千厩中学校)
  • Higashiyama Junior High School (一関市立東山中学校)
  • Murone Junior High School (一関市立室根中学校)
  • Kawasaki Junior High School (一関市立川崎中学校)

High schools[change | change source]

  • Ichinoseki Gakuin High School (一関学院高等学校)
  • Ichinoseki Shuko High School (一関修紅高等学校) (also has a preschool and a university)
  • Ichinoseki No. 1 High School (岩手県立一関第一高等学校)
  • Ichinoseki No. 2 High School (岩手県立一関第二高等学校)
  • Hanaizumi High School (岩手県立花泉高等学校)
  • Daito High School (岩手県立大東高等学校)
  • Senmaya High School (岩手県立千厩高等学校)
  • Ichinoseki Tech High School (岩手県立一関工業高等学校)

Vocational schools[change | change source]

  • Ichinoseki National College of Technology (一関工業高等専門学校)

Junior Colleges[change | change source]

  • Shuko Junior College (修紅短期大学)

Transportation[change | change source]

Ichinoseki is on the JR East Tōhoku Shinkansen connecting Ichinoseki with Tokyo. It is also on the Tōhoku Main Line, which connects Ichinoseki and the prefecture's capital, Morioka.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Database of Registered National Cultural Properties". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2011.

Other websites[change | change source]