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Downtown Kōriyama, looking south
Location of Kōriyama in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Mayor||Masato Shinagawa|
|• Total||757.06 km2 (292.30 sq mi)|
|Population (1 May 2011)|
|• Density||440/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Prunus serrulata (Japanese hill cherry)|
|- Flower||Japanese iris|
|Address||1-23-7 Asahi, Koriyama, Fukushima
|Website||City of Kōriyama|
The city was founded on September 1, 1924. It is now designated as a "core city" and functions as a commercial city in Fukushima Prefecture. Kōriyama is the second largest conurbation in the Tōhoku region.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography and climate
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Transportation
- 6 Culture
- 7 Media
- 8 Education
- 9 People
- 10 Twinnings
- 11 Neighboring municipalities
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Kōriyama once thrived as a Shukuba town because of its importance as a traffic focal point. Kōriyama was formerly called Asaka (安積). In the Meiji period, the Meiji government had many samurai reclaim the land to help the poor. As a result, Asaka developed into a big food basket and the population grew.
Kōriyama was incorporated as a city on September 1, 1924.
In 1965, the city merged with some nearby towns and villages.
In 1997, the city was designated as a core city.
On March 11, 2011, Fukushima Daiichi experienced a nuclear disaster, which forced mandatory evacuations of cities within 30 km of the nuclear power plant. Koriyama is located approximately 34 miles (55 km) west of Fukushima Daiichi; therefore, it was not included in the evacuation zone, although most people refrained from outdoor activity.
Geography and climate
Kōriyama is located in the center of Fukushima Prefecture in the Tōhoku region ( ). The Adatara mountains are to the north, Lake Inawashiro is to the west, and the Abukuma highlands are to the east. The Abukuma River flows through downtown Kōriyama.
The downtown area is in front (West) of Kōriyama Station.
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In a 2007 census the city's population was recorded as 339,118 and the population density as 447.94 people per square kilometer. The population of the conurbation is about 0.5 million, the second largest in the Tōhoku region after Sendai.
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- Principal companies
- XEBIO; sports goods
- Kourakuen; ramen shops
- York Benimaru; the biggest supermarket in Kōriyama with networks in south Tōhoku, Nigata, and North Kanto
Kōriyama is an important point because it is located in the center of Fukushima and it is linked to many cities like Tokyo, Sendai, Fukushima, Niigata, Mito, and Iwaki. The city serves as a hub for the railways and the expressways.
- Central station: Kōriyama Station
- Kōriyama Station - Mōgi
- Tōhoku Expressway
- Asaka PA - Kōriyama-minami IC - Kōriyama IC - Kōriyama JCT
- Ban-etsu Expressway
- Kōriyama-higashi IC - Kōriyama JCT - Gohyakugawa PA - Bandai-atami IC
- from Kōriyama to Fukushima, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Iwaki, Sendai, Niigata, Shin-Koshigaya, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Narita Airport, Yokohama, Ōsaka
- Konan Port (besides Lake Inawashiro)
None in the city. Some available airports are as follows.
- Fukushima Airport (Sukagawa, Fukushima); domestic and international
- Sendai Airport (Natori, Miyagi); domestic and international
- Niigata Airport (Niigata, Niigata); domestic and international
- Narita Airport (Narita, Chiba); international and domestic
- Haneda Airport (Ota, Tokyo); domestic and international
- Kōriyama Uneme Festival
- Koriyama Summer Festival - an Oktoberfest-style festival.
- Koriyama Autumn Festival - includes children's activities, taiko and mikoshi parades.
- Japanese Nashi
- Usukawa Manjū (means thin-shell manjū)
- Farmed carp
- Information Network Kōriyama
- Fukushima Mimpō (Fukushima, Mainichi chain)
- Fukushima Min-Yū (Fukushima, Yomiuri chain)
- Kahoku Shimpō (Sendai)
FM Fukushima (JFN)
Universities and colleges
- Nihon University, Faculty of Engineering
- Ohu University
- Kōriyama Women's University & Colleges
- Kōriyama Women's University Junior College
- Open University of Japan, Fukushima Learning Center
Senior high schools
- Public (prefectural)
- Asaka High School
- Asaka Mitate Branch High School
- Asaka Reimei High School
- Kōriyama High School
- Kōriyama Higashi High School
- Kōriyama Shōgyō High School
- Kōriyama Kita Kōgyō High School
- Asaka Kaisei High School
- Konan High School
- Kōriyama Hōsei High School
- Tohoku High School of Nihon University
- Shōshi Gakuen Shōshi High School
- Teikyō Asaka High School
- High School affiliated with Kōriyama Women's Colleges
Junior high schools
- Koriyama First Junior High School
- Koriyama Second Junior High School
- Koriyama Third Junior High School
- Koriyama Fourth Junior High School
- Koriyama Fifth Junior High School
- Koriyama Sixth Junior High School
- Koriyama Seventh Junior High School
- Tomita Junior High School
- Asaka Junior High School
- Asaka Second Junior High School
- Ōtsuki Junior High School
- Mihota Junior High School
- Futase Junior High School
- Nishida Junior High School
- Katahira Junior High School
- Kikuta Junior High School
- Midorigaoka Junior High School
- Moriyama Junior High School
- Hiwada Junior High School
- Meiken Junior High School
- Koharada Junior High School
- Kohken Junior High School
- Miyagi Junior High School
- Ose Junior High School
- Konan Junior High School
- Mitate Junior High School
- Takase Junior High School
- Atami Junior High School
- Xaverio Junior High School
- Takeshi Honda - Figure skater
- Toru Iwaya - Mezzotint engraver, painter
- Miki Nagasawa - voice actor
- Toshiyuki Nishida - actor
- Saga(Alice Nine) - musician
- Masashi Ohuchi - Olympic weightlifter
- Satoru Saito - Actor
- Toshio Tamogami - chief of staff of Japan Air Self-Defense Force
- Joji Yuasa - composer
Japanese sister cities
- Nara, Nara (since 5 August 1971)
- Kurume, Fukuoka (since 3 August 1975)
- Tottori, Tottori (since 25 November 2005)
International sister city
- "A page for Koriyama city foreigners [City Hall & Branch Offices]". Koriyama City. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- "Estimated population May 1, 2011". Official Fukushima Prefecture website. Retrieved 29 July 2011.(Japanese)
- "Worldwide Offices Japan." Asiana Airlines. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- "歴代の郡山市長の一覧" [List of previous mayors of Kōriyama] (in Japanese). Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- "Masashi Ohuchi Passes On". International Weightlifting Federation. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
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