Hanawa Town Hall
Location of Hanawa in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Total||211.60 km2 (81.70 sq mi)|
|Population (November 2014)|
|• Density||43.9/km2 (114/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Rhododendron, Dahlia|
|- Bird||Green Pheasant|
|Address||3-21 Hanawa Omachi, Hanawa-machi, Higashishirakawa-gun, Fukushima-ken 963-5405|
Hanawa (塙町 Hanawa-machi?) is a town located in Higashishirakawa District, Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. As of November 2014, the town had an estimated population of 9,298 and a population density of 43.9 persons per km². The total area was 211.60 km².
Hanawa is located in the southernmost portion of Fukushima prefecture, bordering on Ibaraki Prefecture to the south.
- Mountains: Yamizozan (1021.8m), Yoneyama
- Rivers: Kujigawa
The area of present-day Hanawa was part of ancient Mutsu Province. Part of the area formed part of the holdings of Tanagura Domain, and part was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province.
Tsunetoyo Village was formed on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. It was elevated to town status on November 3, 1948, changing its name to Hanawa at that time. Hanawa annexed the neighboring villages of Sasahara, Ishii and Takagi in March 1955.
The economy of Hanawa is primarily agricultural. A major crop is Konjac
- Hanawa Industrial Middle School
- Abukumo Kogen Art Museum
Media related to Hanawa, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)