View of Hiruzen Plateau
Location of Maniwa in Okayama Prefecture
|• Mayor||Koichiro Ide (since April 2005)|
|• Total||828.43 km2 (319.86 sq mi)|
|Population (September 1, 2011)|
|• Density||61/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Chamaecyparis obtusa|
|- Flower||Cherry blossom|
|Address||2927-2 Kuse, Maniwa-shi, Okayama-ken
|Website||City of Maniwa|
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.
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.
- Okayama Prefecture
- Tottori Prefecture
- West Japan Railway Company
The main station is Chūgoku-Katsuyama.
- 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
- Chūgoku Expressway
- 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
Sister and Friendship cities
- Victor Harbor, Australia - Sister city agreement concluded in May 26, 2000
- Ruijin, China - Friendship city agreement concluded in January 16, 2001
Notable places and events
- The old castle town of Mimasaka-Katsuyama
- Kanba Waterfall (Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls)
- Former Senkyō Elementary School Building (Important Cultural Properties)
- Hiruzen Area
- Katsuyama Festival (October 19–20)
- Kuse Festival (October 25–26)
- "真庭" [Maniwa]. Dijitaru Daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- "Asahi-gawa". Dijitaru daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
- "Hiruzen". Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- "真庭" [Maniwa]. Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- "真庭" [Maniwa]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
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- Maniwa City official website (Japanese)