Regional Information Iwate

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Department of Commerce, Industry, Labor and Tourism Offfice of Automotive Manufacturing and Development

10-1 Uchimaru Morioka-city, Iwate Prefecture 020-8570
Tel: 019-629-5563 Fax: 019-629-5569
AE0004@pref.iwate.jp

Iwate

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The information below is as of November 2017.

As a gateway to the northern Tohoku region, Iwate has attracted many businesses, which have set up satellite branches for the whole Tohoku region.
Although it is commonly believed that Iwate is far from the Tokyo metropolitan area, it takes less time to travel by bullet train from Tokyo to the prefectural capital Morioka than from Tokyo to Osaka.
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukko (restoration) road reconstruction work has been underway in the region, which has improved transportation networks between the coastal cities as well as between inland and coastal areas in the Tohoku region.

Land

The Tohoku Expressway runs through the middle of the prefecture from north to south, providing excellent access from northern Tohoku to the Kanto region. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukko (restoration) road reconstruction work has been underway, which is expected to improve the transportation network between inland and coastal areas in the Tohoku region.

Air

Iwate Hanamaki Airport opened a new terminal in 2009. The airport operates scheduled flights to Sapporo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka, making it possible to have a one-day business trip to Sapporo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Sea

Iwate has four designated shipping ports: Kuji, Miyako, Kamaishi, and Ofunato.
A subsidy system is available for the users of these container routes.
If the road reconstruction is completed, transportation access to the ports will be improved, which will lead to the building of a more effective distribution network.

Railway

Travel time by the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to the capital city of Iwate, Morioka, is two hours and 20 minutes which is shorter than the travel time between Tokyo and Osaka.