Anamizu, Ishikawa

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Location of Anamizu in Ishikawa Prefecture
Location of Anamizu in Ishikawa Prefecture
Anamizu is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°14′N 136°55′E / 37.233°N 136.917°E / 37.233; 136.917Coordinates: 37°14′N 136°55′E / 37.233°N 136.917°E / 37.233; 136.917
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Ishikawa Prefecture
District Hōsu
 • Total 183.24 km2 (70.75 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 10,193
 • Density 55.63/km2 (144.1/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Anamizu (穴水町 Anamizu-machi?) is a town located in Hōsu District (formerly Fugeshi District), Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2008, the town has an estimated population of 10,193 and a density of 55.63 persons per km². The total area is 183.24 km².

Anamizu and its surrounding area experienced the 2007 Noto earthquake on 25 March 2007.


The last weekend in January is the famous Anamizu Oyster Festival (カキまつり). The venue changes every year but was held at the Anamizu Harbour Asunaro (穴水港湾あすなろ広場) in 2010.[1]

The third weekend in August is the celebration of Percival Lowell's contribution to astronomy and his time spent in the Noto peninsula. The main shopping street is lit with hundreds of candles and visitors can enjoy live music and food stalls.

The last week in October is the Anamizu Harvest Festival. A few small stalls line the main shopping street in the town and visitors can enjoy some speciality foods.

The first weekend in November is the Anamizu Town Festival (文化祭) with events held all around the town especially at the Noto Culture Centre.[2]


  • Spring: Temperatures are between 15–25 degrees most days. Cherry and plum blossoms can be seen throughout the town, with March being the optimal month for plum blossoms, and cherry blossoms being at their best in April.
  • Summer: Anamizu is very humid in summer, with temperatures between 25–35 degrees most days.
  • Autumn: Temperatures are between 15–25 degrees most days. Autumn leaves change colour all around the town with the optimal colours in late October, early November.
  • Winter: Anamizu experiences snow between December and February every year with occasional snowfalls in November and March. On average, no more than 10 cm falls however almost every season sees 2–4 snowfalls of 30 cm or more. Temperatures vary from 10 degrees to minus 4 during winter.

Landmarks and sites[edit]

Anamizu's symbol is the Boramachi Yagura (ボラ待ちやぐら?), a distinctive wooden fishing structure of which there is one in the Noto Bay on both the southern and northern borders of Anamizu town.

Anamizu also has a Giant Buddha statue in a park just north of the main town (about five minutes by car).


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