Amakusa, Kumamoto

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Amakusa
天草市
City
Amakusa City hall
Amakusa City hall
Flag of Amakusa
Flag
Location of Amakusa in Kumamoto Prefecture
Location of Amakusa in Kumamoto Prefecture
Amakusa is located in Japan
Amakusa
Amakusa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°28′N 130°12′E / 32.467°N 130.200°E / 32.467; 130.200Coordinates: 32°28′N 130°12′E / 32.467°N 130.200°E / 32.467; 130.200
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Kumamoto Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Kimihiro Yasuda
Area
 • Total 683.17 km2 (263.77 sq mi)
Population (December 1, 2008)
 • Total 91,419
 • Density 133.8/km2 (347/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Ficus superba
- Flower Hibiscus hamabo
- Bird Larus canus
Address 8-1 Higashihamamachi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto-ken
863-0014
Phone number 0969-23-1111
Website City of Amakusa

Amakusa (天草市 Amakusa-shi?) is a city located in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.

Amakusa City covers parts of two main islands, and six smaller islets. They are referred to as Kamishima 上島 (天草諸島) and Shimoshima 下島 (天草諸島) (Upper Island and Lower Island). It has the distinction of being the fastest depopulating city in Japan since the last census. (2005)[citation needed]

The modern city of Amakusa was established on March 27, 2006, from the merger between the old cities of Hondo and Ushibuka, and the towns of Amakusa (former), Ariake, Goshoura, Itsuwa, Kawaura, Kuratake, Shinwa and Sumoto (all from Amakusa District).[citation needed]

As of December 1, 2008, the city has an estimated population of 91,419 and a population density of 133.8 persons per km². The total area is 683.17 km².

Amakusa Airlines is headquartered in Amakusa.[1]

Climate[edit]

Amakusa has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot summers and cool winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, and is heaviest from May to August.

Climate data for Ushibuka/Amakusa, Kumamoto
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10.9
(51.6)
11.7
(53.1)
15.0
(59)
19.7
(67.5)
23.2
(73.8)
25.8
(78.4)
29.7
(85.5)
31.3
(88.3)
28.5
(83.3)
24.0
(75.2)
18.8
(65.8)
13.5
(56.3)
21.01
(69.82)
Daily mean °C (°F) 7.8
(46)
8.4
(47.1)
11.3
(52.3)
15.9
(60.6)
19.5
(67.1)
22.4
(72.3)
26.4
(79.5)
27.6
(81.7)
24.8
(76.6)
20.1
(68.2)
15.2
(59.4)
10.2
(50.4)
17.47
(63.43)
Average low °C (°F) 4.8
(40.6)
5.3
(41.5)
7.8
(46)
12.4
(54.3)
16.2
(61.2)
19.7
(67.5)
23.9
(75)
24.7
(76.5)
22.0
(71.6)
17.0
(62.6)
12.0
(53.6)
7.2
(45)
14.42
(57.95)
Precipitation mm (inches) 97.9
(3.854)
93.7
(3.689)
132.7
(5.224)
171.0
(6.732)
201.1
(7.917)
350.0
(13.78)
288.4
(11.354)
200.6
(7.898)
181.0
(7.126)
90.7
(3.571)
95.5
(3.76)
86.0
(3.386)
1,988.6
(78.291)
Snowfall cm (inches) 5
(2)
3
(1.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2
(0.8)
10
(4)
 % humidity 65 65 66 72 75 82 83 78 75 67 66 66 71.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 105.2 109.8 158.9 164.7 180.9 141.5 196.8 237.2 187.0 192.7 152.3 117.2 1,944.2
Source: NOAA (1961-1990) [2]

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