Nagashima, Kagoshima

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Nagashima
長島町
Town
Flag of Nagashima
Flag
Location of Nagashima in Kagoshima Prefecture
Location of Nagashima in Kagoshima Prefecture
Nagashima is located in Japan
Nagashima
Nagashima
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°9′43″N 130°9′15″E / 32.16194°N 130.15417°E / 32.16194; 130.15417Coordinates: 32°9′43″N 130°9′15″E / 32.16194°N 130.15417°E / 32.16194; 130.15417
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Kagoshima Prefecture
District Izumi
Area
 • Total 116.13 km2 (44.84 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 12,173
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Town of Nagashima

Nagashima (長島町 Nagashima-chō?) is a town located in Izumi District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

Demography[edit]

On March 20, 2006 the town of Azuma, from Izumi District, was merged into Nagashima.

As of this merger (but with 2003 population statistics), the town has an estimated population of 12,173 and a density of 105 persons per km². The total area is 116.13 km².

Geography[edit]

Nagashima is a small island located just south of Amakusa and connected to mainland Kyūshū via the Kuronoseto bridge. It is primarily a farming and fishing community.

Economy[edit]

Nagashima's chief exports are satsumaimo (sweet potatoes), shōchū, and buri (yellowtail). Some of Kagoshima's most well known shōchū is distilled in Nagashima. Such brands include Shimabijin (Beautiful Islander), Shimaotome (Island maiden), Shimamusume (Island Daughter), and DanDan ("thank you" in Kagoshima dialect).

Attractions[edit]

  • Gyōnindake (traveler's mountain) offers a spectacular view of Amakusa and some of the smaller islands around Nagashima.
  • Hotel Nagashima has an Onsen center as well as fine dining.
  • A Jōmon era tomb which celebrates an annual festival

Transportation[edit]

Nagashima is accessible by car (via the Kuronoseto bride from Izumi District) or by Ferry from Amakusa or Kumamoto.

External links[edit]

Media related to Nagashima, Kagoshima at Wikimedia Commons