Iwaki, Fukushima

Iwaki (Japaneseいわき 市, -shi) is a city in Fukushima prefecture on Honshu, the main island of Japan. Iwaki is on the edge of the exclusion zone of Fukushima. Formerly, the city consisted of 350,000 inhabitants, according to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, many people for fear of nuclear radiation have moved away.


Iwaki is located about 200 km northeast of Tokyo on the coast to the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the eponymous river Iwaki.


Iwaki was established on October 1, 1966 by merging the cities Uchigō (内 郷 市, -shi), Iwaki (磐 城市, -shi), Joban (常 磐 市, -shi), Nakoso (勿 来 市, -shi) and Taira (平 市, -shi), and other 4 towns and 5 villages of the districts of Iwaki and Futaba.

On 11 March 2011 the city was hit by the Tohoku earthquake and the subsequent tsunami. Until May 20, 303 dead and 82 missing were counted.


  • Roads: Joban Expressway
  • National Road 6: by Tōkyō or Sendai
  • National Road 49: Niigata
  • JR Joban line: to Ueno and Sendai
  • JR Banetsu - East Line: after Kōriyama


Iwaki is now a modern industrial center, are produced in the machine and wood products and chemical products.

Alpine Electronics has its development center in Iwaki.

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Tamura
  • Iwaki

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Misaki Ito ( born 1977 ), actress
  • Eigo Satō (1978-2013), Freestyle Motocross pilot