Inazawa (稲沢市, Inazawa-shi) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2019, the city had an estimated population of 135,580 in 54,999 households,[1] and a population density of 1,709 inhabitants per square kilometre (4,430/sq mi). The total area of the city was 79.35 km2 (30.64 sq mi).

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Upper stage:Owari ōkunitama-jinja
Lower stage:Inazawa Skyline
Flag of Inazawa
Official seal of Inazawa
Location of Inazawa in Aichi Prefecture
Location of Inazawa in Aichi Prefecture
Inazawa is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°15′53″N 136°47′48.9″E / 35.26472°N 136.796917°E / 35.26472; 136.796917Coordinates: 35°15′53″N 136°47′48.9″E / 35.26472°N 136.796917°E / 35.26472; 136.796917
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
 • MayorToshiaki Ōno
 • Total79.35 km2 (30.64 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2019)
 • Total135,580
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
– TreePine
– FlowerChrysanthemum
Phone number0587-32-1111
Address1 Inabuchō, Inazawa-shi, Aichi-ken 492-8269
WebsiteOfficial website


Inazawa is located in the flatlands of far western Aichi Prefecture, bordering Gifu Prefecture on the west. Both the Kiso River and the Gojō River flow through the city.


The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Inazawa is 15.6 °C (60.1 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,758 mm (69.2 in) with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.9 °C (82.2 °F), and lowest in January, at around 4.4 °C (39.9 °F).[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Inazawa has been relatively steady over the past 30 years.

Historical population
1940 56,321—    
1950 71,370+26.7%
1960 79,847+11.9%
1970 110,629+38.6%
1980 126,023+13.9%
1990 132,483+5.1%
2000 136,928+3.4%
2010 136,415−0.4%

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

Aichi Prefecture
Gifu Prefecture


Ancient historyEdit

Inazawa is the location of the Nara period provincial capital and provincial temple of Owari Province.

The Owari Onkunitama Jinja, an important Shinto shrine located within the borders of the present city, also dates from this period.

Early modern periodEdit

During the Edo period, Inaba and Ozawa villages formed a post town on the Minoji, a kaidō connecting Miya-juku (Atsuta on the Tōkaidō to Tarui-juku (Mino Province) on the Nakasendō.

Late modern periodEdit

In the early Meiji period establishment of the modern municipalities system, the town of Inazawa was created.

Contemporary historyEdit

The area of the town was expanded in 1907 and 1955 through the annexation of neighboring villages, and on November 1, 1958, the Inazawa was elevated to city status.

On April 1, 2005, the towns of Heiwa and Sobue (both from Nakashima District) were merged into Inazawa.


Inazawa City hall

Inazawa has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 26 members. The city contributes two members to the Aichi Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Aichi District 9 of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

External relationsEdit

Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit






Inazawa has 23 public elementary schools and nine public junior high schools operated by the city government, and three public high schools operated by the Aichi Prefectural Board of Education. There are also one private high school. The prefecture also operates one special education school for the handicapped.


Primary sector of the economyEdit


Inazawa is a regional commercial center and has traditionally been known for its production of vegetables and gingko nuts.

Secondary sector of the economyEdit


Sony and Toyoda Gosei have large production plants in the city.

Tertiary sector of the economyEdit


Due to its transportation connections with the Nagoya metropolis, Inazawa is increasingly becoming a commuter town.

Companies headquartered in InazawaEdit

  • Uny, supermarket chain
  • Aikoku Alpha Corporation, automotive components
  • Toshin Housing Company, construction
  • Fujikei Kyoi, sake brewing



Conventional linesEdit

  Central Japan Railway Company


The Kilometre Zero of Inazawa


Japan National RouteEdit

Local attractionsEdit

  • Orizu Castle
  • Shobata Castle
Shrines and Temples
Natural attractions
  • Sobue Dune
Cultural events
Buildings and structures

Notable people from InazawaEdit


  1. ^ Inazawa City official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Inazawa climate data
  3. ^ Inazawa population statistics
  4. ^ "姉妹都市:オリンピア市(ギリシャ)". 稲沢市. Archived from the original on August 8, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "姉妹提携情報". 自治体国際化協会. Archived from the original on October 27, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on December 24, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "Japan opens 'tallest lift tower'". BBC News. January 3, 2008.
  8. ^ "Putting elevators to test". KONE Corporation. April 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "清野菜名". Modelpress (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.

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