Kikai, Kagoshima

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Kikai
喜界町
Town
A view of Kikai Island from Hyakunodai hill
A view of Kikai Island from Hyakunodai hill
Official seal of Kikai
Seal
Location of Kikai in Kagoshima Prefecture
Location of Kikai in Kagoshima Prefecture
Kikai is located in Japan
Kikai
Kikai
 
Coordinates: 28°19′19″N 129°57′44″E / 28.32194°N 129.96222°E / 28.32194; 129.96222Coordinates: 28°19′19″N 129°57′44″E / 28.32194°N 129.96222°E / 28.32194; 129.96222
Country Japan
Region Kyushu (Amami Islands)
Prefecture Kagoshima Prefecture
District Ōshima
Government
 • -Mayor Kawashima Tateo
Area
 • Total 56.94 km2 (21.98 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2013)
 • Total 7,657
 • Density 134/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Flower Agave
Phone number 0997-65-1111
Address 1746, Ōaza Wan, Kikai-chō, Ōshima-gun, Kagoshima-ken 891-6292
Website www.town.kikai.lg.jp

Kikai (喜界町 Kikai-chō?) is a town located on Kikaijima, in Ōshima District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 2013, the town has an estimated population of 7,657 and a population density of 134 persons per km². The total area is 56.94 km². The economy of the town is based on sugar cane, shochu refining, and seasonal tourism.

Geography[edit]

Kikai occupies all of the island of Kikaijima. The climate is classified as humid subtropical (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with very warm summers and mild winters. Precipitation is high throughout the year, but is highest in the months of May, June and September. The town is subject to frequent typhoons.

History[edit]

Kikai Village was established on April 1, 1908. It was upgraded to town status in 1941. As with all of the Amami Islands, the village came under the administration of the United States from 1 July 1946 to 25 December 1953.

Transport[edit]

Ports[edit]

  • Kikai Port
  • Soumachi Port

Airport[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kikai, Kagoshima at Wikimedia Commons