Iwanai has been inhabited for almost 400 years, one of the oldest villages in Hokkaido. And there is much living history here. The people are testament to a proud culture. A local museum shows the era of great herring runs, when the town would overflow with transient fisherman. Such a heady time...even geisha were present among the wealthy. Today, a strong heritage lives on. The town boasts over 40 restaurants and 40 bars, making downtown Iwanai the most concentrated bar area per capita in Hokkaido (and 11th in all Japan). There is a lot going on in Iwanai.