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Yamada, Iwate

Yamada Town Hall
Yamada Town Hall
Flag of Yamada
Official seal of Yamada
Location of Yamada in Iwate Prefecture
Location of Yamada in Iwate Prefecture
Yamada is located in Japan
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Iwate
District Shimohei
 • Total 263.45 km2 (101.72 sq mi)
Population (February 2014)
 • Total 16,055
 • Density 60.9/km2 (158/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
- Tree Cryptomeria
- Flower Rosa rugosa
- Bird Black-tailed gull
Phone number 0193-82-3111
Address 3-20 Hachiman-cho, Yamada-machi, Shimohei-gun, Iwate 028-1392
Website Official website
Aerial view of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel and disaster relief crews searching Yamada after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami

Yamada (山田町 Yamada-machi) is a town located in Shimohei District, Iwate, Japan. As of February 2014, the town had an estimated population of 16,055 and a population density of 60.09 persons per km2. The total area was 263.45  km2.


  • Geography 1
    • Neighboring municipalities 1.1
  • History 2
  • Economy 3
  • Transportation 4
    • Railway 4.1
    • Highway 4.2
  • Sister city relations 5
  • Noted people from Yamada 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Yamada is located on the rias coastline of central Iwate Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean

Neighboring municipalities


The area of present-day Yamada was part of ancient Mutsu Province, dominated by the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The town of Yamada was created within Higashihei District on April 1, 1889. Kitahei, Nakahei and Higashihei Districts were all merged into Minamihei District on March 29, 1896. On March 1, 1955, Yamada annexed the neighboring villages of Funakoshi, Orikada, Osawa and Toyomane to reach is present borders. After the March 2011 earthquake, it was reported that the town had been almost completely submerged by the ensuing tsunami.[1][2]


The local economy was strongly based on commercial fishing.




Sister city relations

Noted people from Yamada


  1. ^ Quake death toll feared to top 1800, thousands more unaccounted for, Japan Today article, 13 March 2011
  2. ^ Fukada, Takahiro, "Iwate survivors wonder, worry about future", Japan Times, 15 September 2011, p. 3.

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website (Japanese)
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