Kihoku, Mie

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Kihoku
紀北町
Town
Kumano Bay in Kihoku
Kumano Bay in Kihoku
Flag of Kihoku
Flag
Official seal of Kihoku
Seal
Location of Kihoku in Mie Prefecture
Location of Kihoku in Mie Prefecture
Kihoku is located in Japan
Kihoku
Kihoku
 
Coordinates: 34°7′N 136°14′E / 34.117°N 136.233°E / 34.117; 136.233Coordinates: 34°7′N 136°14′E / 34.117°N 136.233°E / 34.117; 136.233
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Mie Prefecture
District Kitamuro
Area
 • Total 257.01 km2 (99.23 sq mi)
Population (September 2012)
 • Total 17,885
 • Density 69.6/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Hinoki
- Flower Japanese lily
-Bird Japanese Murrelet
-Fish Ocean sunfish
Phone number 0597-32-3901 
Address 495-8 Aikga, Kihoku-chō, Kitamuro-gun, Mie-ken 519-5701
Website www.town.mie-kihoku.lg.jp

Kihoku (紀北町 Kihoku-chō?) is a town located in Mie Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2012, the town had an estimated population of 17,885 and a population density of 69.6 persons per km². The total area was 257.01 km².

Geography[edit]

Kihoku is located in southeastern the Kii Peninsula in southern Mie Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean. Kihoku is surrounded by river, sea, and mountain, and has a beautiful setting.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The town of Kihoku was established on October 11, 2005 by the merger of the towns Kii-Nagashima and Miyama.

Economy[edit]

Kihoku serves as a commercial center for the surrounding region. Commercial fishing and forestry are the major employers. A well-known product of the former town of Miyama is saury sushi because of the large local catch of saury. At Kihoku, there is the static inverter plant of Kii Channel HVDC system.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

A portion of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located within Kihoku.

Noted people[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kihoku, Mie at Wikimedia Commons