Kitaakita City Hall
Location of Kitaakita in Akita Prefecture
|• Total||1,152.57 km2 (445.01 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2013)|
|• Density||30/km2 (80/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Bird||Black Woodpecker|
|Address||Hanazono-chō 19-1, Kitaakita-shi, Akita-ken 018-3392|
Kitaakita is located in the mountains of northeastern Akita Prefecture, with the Ou Mountains on the east. Part of the city is within the borders of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Much of the city area is covered in forest. Due to its inland location, the city is noted for its heavy snowfall in winter.
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Kitaakita has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.
The area of present-day Kitaakita was part of ancient Dewa Province. During the Edo period, the area came under the control of the Satake clan, who ruled the northern third of the province from Kubota Domain. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Kitaakita District, Akita Prefecture in 1878.
The economy of Kitakita is based on agriculture, forestry and seasonal tourism.
- Akita University – Kitaakira branch campus
- JR East - Ou Main Line
- Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway - Akita Nairiku Line
Sister city relations
Noted people from Akitaakita
- Takekaze Akira – sumo wrestler
- Tamezō Narita – musician
- Daito Takahashi – Olympic ski jumper
- Norihito Kobayashi – Olympic ski jumper
- Yūsuke Minato – Olympiic ski jumper
- Fuyuko Suzuki – Olympic Biathlon athlete
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- Kitaakita City official website (Japanese)