Maniwa, Okayama

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Maniwa
真庭市
City
View of Hiruzen Plateau
View of Hiruzen Plateau
Flag of Maniwa
Flag
Location of Maniwa in Okayama Prefecture
Location of Maniwa in Okayama Prefecture
Maniwa is located in Japan
Maniwa
Maniwa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°5′N 133°41′E / 35.083°N 133.683°E / 35.083; 133.683Coordinates: 35°5′N 133°41′E / 35.083°N 133.683°E / 35.083; 133.683
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'yō)
Prefecture Okayama Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Koichiro Ide (since April 2005)
Area
 • Total 828.43 km2 (319.86 sq mi)
Population (September 1, 2011)
 • Total 50,389
 • Density 61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Chamaecyparis obtusa
- Flower Cherry blossom
Address 2927-2 Kuse, Maniwa-shi, Okayama-ken
719-3292
Website City of Maniwa
Maniwa city hall

Maniwa (真庭市 Maniwa-shi?) is a city located in north-central Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

The modern city of Maniwa was established on March 31, 2005, from the merger of the town of Hokubō (from Jōbō District); the towns of Katsuyama, Ochiai, Yubara and Kuse, and the villages of Mikamo, Kawakami, Yatsuka and Chūka (all from Maniwa District).

On September 1, 2011, Maniwa has an area of 828.43 km², the largest area of any municipality in the prefecture. Its population was 50,389, with 17,711 households. The city is known for Mount Hiruzen (1,202 m (3,944 ft)) and the Hiruzen Plateau. Mount Hiruzen is also the source of the Asahi River (142 kilometres (88 mi)), which flows through much of Okayama Prefecture.[1][2][3][4][5]

Geography[edit]

Maniwa is located in approximately the center of the Chūgoku Mountains. The mountainous part of the city is dominated by Mount Hiruzen. The Asahi River, a Class 1 river under the Rivers Act of 1964, emerges from Mount Hiruzen in Maniwa, and its upper reaches are located within the town. The river has approximately 146 tributaries. Major tributaries of the Asahi in Maniwa include the Bitchū, Nakazui, Kōchi, Meki, and the Shinjō rivers.[5]

Adjoining municipalities[edit]

Transport[edit]

Railways[edit]

The main station is Chūgoku-Katsuyama.

Road[edit]

  • Expressways:
    • Chūgoku Expressway
      • Mimasaka-Oiwake Parking Area - Ochiai Junction - Ochiai Interchange - Maniwa Parking Area - Hokubō Junction - Hokubō Interchange
    • Okayama Expressway
      • Hokubō Junction
    • Yonago Expressway
      • Ochiai Junction - Kuse Interchange - Ueno Parking Area - Yubara Interchange - Hiruzen-Kōgen Service Area - Hiruzen Interchange
  • National highways:
  • Main prefectural roads:
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 30 (Ochiai-Takebe)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 32 (Niimi-Katsuyama)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 55 (Yubara-Mikamo)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 56 (Yubara-Okutsu)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 58 (Hokubō-Kawakami)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 65 (Kuse-Chūka)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 66 (Ochiai-Kamogawa)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 82 (Kagamino-Kuse)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 84 (Katsuyama-Kurihara)
  • Roadside Station
    • Hiruzen Plateau (蒜山高原 Hiruzen Kōgen?)
    • Windy House (風の家 Kaze no Ie?)
    • Village of Daigo (醍醐の里 Daigo no Sato?)

Sister and Friendship cities[edit]

Notable places and events[edit]

Festivals[edit]

  • Katsuyama Festival (October 19–20)
  • Kuse Festival (October 25–26)

Onsens[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "真庭" [Maniwa]. Dijitaru Daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Asahi-gawa". Dijitaru daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Hiruzen". Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  4. ^ "真庭" [Maniwa]. Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  5. ^ a b "真庭" [Maniwa]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 

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