Iwami Town
Flag of Iwami Tottori
Location Information
Kanji 岩美町
Rōmaji Iwami-cho

Iwami (岩美町Iwami-cho) is a seaside town located in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. It is the locale upon which the town of Iwatobi is based in the anime series Free!

The Iwami region lies in the western part of Shimane Prefecture, a rural prefecture on the Sea of Japan, geographically remote from the larger cities, and cut off the the nearest major city of Hiroshima by the Chūgoku mountain range. This is old rural Japan.

It is an area steeped in culture and traditions.


  • Another famous anime inspired by the area is Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro.
    Totoro house

    The house where Satsuki and Mei from My Neighbor Totoro live.

  • At right is a real life/anime comparison of Satsuki and Mei's home from the anime mentioned above.
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