The city of Motomiya is located almost in the exact center of Fukushima Prefecture. Mt. Adatara looms to the west, and the many rivers that run through here, including the Abukuma River, Gohyaku River, Adatara River, and Seto River have earned it the name mizu-iro-no-machi, or "Blue Town". It was once a starting point on the Aizu Kaido trade route, offering accommodations at the intersection of the Miharu and Soma routes. It is still easily accessible today by highway, expressway, and rail, yet retains its pastoral look thanks to being bordered by the Adatara mountain range to the west and the Abukuma range to the east.