Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima

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Aizuwakamatsu
会津若松市
City
Aizuwakamatsu skyline
Aizuwakamatsu skyline
Flag of Aizuwakamatsu
Flag
Location of Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture
Aizuwakamatsu is located in Japan
Aizuwakamatsu
Aizuwakamatsu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°18′N 139°33′E / 37.300°N 139.550°E / 37.300; 139.550Coordinates: 37°18′N 139°33′E / 37.300°N 139.550°E / 37.300; 139.550
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Ichirō Kanke
Area
 • Total 383.03 km2 (147.89 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2011[1])
 • Total 125,341
 • Density 330/km2 (850/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Japanese Red Pine
- Flower Common Hollyhock
- Bird Common cuckoo
Address 3-46 Higashisakaemachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken
965-8601
Phone number 0242-39-1111
Website www.city.aizuwakamatsu.fukushima.jp/e/index.htm

Aizuwakamatsu (会津若松市 Aizuwakamatsu-shi?) is a city in the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

As of May 2011, the city has an estimated population of 125,341[1] and a population density of 330 persons per km². The total area is 383.03 km².[2]

Geography[edit]

Mount Iimori
Higashiyama Onsen

Aizuwakamatsu is located in the western part of Fukushima Prefecture, in the Southeast part of Aizu basin. The main transport hub is Aizu Wakamatsu Station.

Mountains[edit]

Rivers[edit]

Lakes[edit]

Hot springs[edit]

Climate[edit]

Although it is located in an inland valley, Aizuwakamatsu's climate resembles that of the Hokuriku region on the Sea of Japan coast. Snowfall is very heavy during the winter at 4.78 metres (190 in), and snow cover reaches an average maximum of 0.39 metres (15.35 in) and has reached as much as 1.15 metres (45.3 in) for short periods, a figure one would usually associate with much colder regions like the Labrador Peninsula.

Climate data for Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima (1981~2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.1
(55.6)
15.9
(60.6)
22.8
(73)
30.5
(86.9)
33.3
(91.9)
34.3
(93.7)
36.7
(98.1)
38.1
(100.6)
35.4
(95.7)
30.9
(87.6)
24.5
(76.1)
20.9
(69.6)
38.1
(100.6)
Average high °C (°F) 2.6
(36.7)
3.6
(38.5)
8.2
(46.8)
16.4
(61.5)
22.1
(71.8)
25.4
(77.7)
28.6
(83.5)
30.6
(87.1)
25.6
(78.1)
19.0
(66.2)
11.8
(53.2)
5.7
(42.3)
16.7
(62.1)
Average low °C (°F) −3.7
(25.3)
−3.6
(25.5)
−1
(30)
4.2
(39.6)
10.0
(50)
15.5
(59.9)
19.5
(67.1)
20.6
(69.1)
16.3
(61.3)
9.2
(48.6)
3.1
(37.6)
−0.9
(30.4)
7.4
(45.3)
Record low °C (°F) −14.4
(6.1)
−15.2
(4.6)
−11.9
(10.6)
−4.6
(23.7)
−1.2
(29.8)
6.9
(44.4)
9.1
(48.4)
10.3
(50.5)
4.8
(40.6)
−1.5
(29.3)
−5.9
(21.4)
−14.4
(6.1)
−15.2
(4.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 95.3
(3.752)
71.4
(2.811)
71.7
(2.823)
64.3
(2.531)
80.0
(3.15)
110.8
(4.362)
175.8
(6.921)
134.3
(5.287)
136.9
(5.39)
100.1
(3.941)
78.9
(3.106)
93.8
(3.693)
1,213.3
(47.767)
Snowfall cm (inches) 171
(67.3)
142
(55.9)
66
(26)
5
(2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
6
(2.4)
83
(32.7)
473
(186.3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.5 mm) 18.7 16.2 16.8 12.0 11.4 12.4 14.8 11.0 12.9 12.9 15.1 17.5 171.7
Avg. snowy days 27.0 24.3 12.3 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 12.4 77.8
 % humidity 82 79 74 67 68 73 78 76 79 80 82 83 76.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 78.5 98.8 138.2 172.7 193.6 161.9 159.8 198.7 132.1 121.1 86.8 70.7 1,612.9
Source #1: Japan Meteorological Agency[3]
Source #2: Japan Meteorological Agency (records)[4]

Districts[edit]

There are 11 districts (hamlets or 大字 (ooaza?)) in the city.[5]

  • Wakamatsu
  • Machikita
  • Kouya
  • Kouzashi
  • Monden
  • Ikki
  • Higashiyama
  • Ōto
  • Minato
  • Kitaaizu
  • Kawahigashi

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Aizu-Wakamatsu Station
Central station: Aizu-Wakamatsu Station

JR East[edit]

Higashi-Nagahara - Hirota - Aizu-Wakamatsu - Dōjima
Aizu-Wakamatsu - Nanukamachi - Nishi-Wakamatsu - Aizu-Hongō

Aizu Railway[edit]

Nishi-Wakamatsu - Minami-Wakamatsu - Monden - Amaya - Ashinomaki-Onsen - Ōkawa-Dam-Kōen - Ashinomaki-Onsen-Minami

Roads[edit]

Long-distance buses[edit]

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

  • Fukushima Mimpō
  • Fukushima Min-Yū

Radio[edit]

  • FM Aizu

Education[edit]

Universities and colleges[edit]

Senior high schools[edit]

Public (prefectural)[edit]

  • Aizu High School (会津高等学校)
  • Aoi High School (葵高等学校)
  • Aizu Gakuhō High School (会津学鳳高等学校)
  • Wakamatsu Shōgyō High School (若松商業高等学校)
  • Aizu Kōgyō High School (若松工業高等学校)
  • Aizu Second High School (会津第二高等学校)

Private[edit]

  • Aizuwakamatsu Xaverio Gakuen High School (会津若松ザベリオ学園高等学校)
  • Wakamatsu 1st High School (若松第一高等学校)
  • Jinai High School (仁愛高等学校)

Junior high schools[edit]

Public (municipal)[edit]

  • Aizuwakamatsu First Junior High School (会津若松市立第一中学校)
  • Aizuwakamatsu Second Junior High School (会津若松市立第二中学校)
  • Aizuwakamatsu Third Junior High School (会津若松市立第三中学校)
  • Aizuwakamatsu Fourth Junior High School (会津若松市立第四中学校)
  • Aizuwakamatsu Fifth Junior High School (会津若松市立第五中学校)
  • Aizuwakamatsu Sixth Junior High School (会津若松市立第六中学校)
  • Ikki Junior High School (一箕中学校)
  • Ōto Junior High School (大戸中学校)
  • Minato Junior High School (湊中学校)
  • Kitaaizu Junior High School (北会津中学校)
  • Kawahigashi Junior High School (河東中学校)
  • Aizu Gakuhō Junior High School (会津学鳳中学校, prefectural)
    • Note: All junior high schools are municipal except for Aizu Gakuhō Junior High School.

Private[edit]

  • Aizuwakamatsu Xaverio Gakuen Junior High School (会津若松ザベリオ学園中学校)

Culture[edit]

Akabeko

Festivals[edit]

  • Aizu Festival

Foods[edit]

  • Koduyu
  • Soba
  • Boutara
  • Nihonshu

Others[edit]

Sightseeing[edit]

Aizuwakamatsu Castle

Twinning[edit]

Japanese sister cities[edit]

International sister cities[edit]

Notable people born in Aizuwakamatsu[edit]

Mergers[edit]

  • On April 1, 1937, a part of Machikita village (from Kitaaizu District) was merged into the city of Wakamatsu.
  • On April 1, 1951, the village of Machikita (remaining parts) (from Kitaaizu District) was later merged into Wakamatsu.
  • On January 1, 1955, 7 villages of Kitaaizu District (Kouya, Kouzashi, Monden, Ikki, Higashiyama, Ōto and Minato) were merged into Wakamatsu. And the city's name changed to "Aizuwakamatsu".
  • On April 1, 1955, a part of the town of Hongō (locality of Oya) (from Ōnuma District) was merged into Aizuwakamatsu.
  • On November 1, 2004, the village of Kitaaizu (from Kitaaizu District) was merged into Aizuwakamatsu. Therefore, Kitaaizu District was dissolved as a result of this merger.
  • On November 1, 2005, the town of Kawahigashi (from Kawanuma District) was merged into Aizuwakamatsu.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Estimated population May 1, 2011". Official Fukushima Prefecture website. Retrieved 29 July 2011. (Japanese)
  2. ^ Aizuwakamatsu City website (Japanese)
  3. ^ "平年値(年・月ごとの値)". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  4. ^ "観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値)". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  5. ^ 毎月大字別人口 (Japanese)

External links[edit]