upper: Mount Iwate , upper-middle: Iwate Prefectural University lower-middle: Takisawa Station Takizawa C
upper: Mount Iwate
, upper-middle: Iwate Prefectural University
lower-middle: Takisawa Station
Takizawa C
Flag of Takizawa
Official logo of Takizawa
Location of Takizawa in Iwate Prefecture
Location of Takizawa in Iwate Prefecture
Takizawa is located in Japan
Coordinates: 39°44′4.9″N 141°4′37.4″E / 39.734694°N 141.077056°E / 39.734694; 141.077056
 • Total182.46 km2 (70.45 sq mi)
 (March 31, 2020)
 • Total55,325
 • Density300/km2 (790/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeSakura
- FlowerMountain Lily
- BirdCommon cuckoo
Phone number019-684-2111
Address55, Nakaukai, Takizawa-shi, Iwate-ken 020-0692
WebsiteOfficial website
Takizawa City Hall

Takizawa (滝沢市, Takizawa-shi) is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 March 2020, the city had an estimated population of 55,325 in 23,270 households,[1] and a population density of 300 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 182.46 square kilometres (70.45 sq mi).


Takizawa is located in central Iwate Prefecture, bordered to the north and west by the Iwate Mountains, and the Kitakami River to the east and the Shizukuishi River to the south.

Neighboring municipalities

Iwate Prefecture


Takizawa has a cold humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Takizawa is 9.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1386 mm with September as the wettest month and February as the driest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.3 °C, and lowest in January, at around -3.3 °C.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Takizawa grew rapidly in the late 20th century and has grown at a slower pace in recent decades.

Historical population
1970 12,000—    
1980 25,686+114.0%
1990 38,108+48.4%
2000 51,241+34.5%
2010 53,853+5.1%
2020 55,579+3.2%


The area of present-day Takizawa was part of ancient Mutsu Province. During the Heian period, it was ruled by the Abe clan. During the Sengoku period, the area came under the control of the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.

In the Meiji period, the village of Takizawa was established within Iwate District on April 1, 1889, with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. Takizawa was promoted directly from a village to a city on January 1, 2014.


Takizawa has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 18 members. Takizawa, together with the town of Shizukuishi, contributes three seats to the Iwate Prefectural legislature. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Iwate 2nd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.


Takizawa is a bedroom community for Morioka, and a center for many institutions of higher education. Agriculture still plays an important role in the local economy, with Takizawa known for its summer watermelon and fall apples.


Universities and colleges

Primary and secondary education

Takizawa has nine public elementary schools, eight of which are operated by the city government, and one of which is operated by the Morioka city government, although physically located within Takizawa. There are likewise seven public middle schools, six of which are operated by the city government and one of which is operated by the Morioka city government. There are two public high schools operated by the Iwate Prefectural Board of Education. There is also a special education school for the handicapped operated by the prefectural government.



East Japan Railway Company (JR East) - Tazawako Line

Iwate Ginga Railway Line


Local attractions

Notable people


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