Naraha, Fukushima

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Location of Naraha in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Naraha in Fukushima Prefecture
Naraha is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°16′57″N 140°59′37″E / 37.28250°N 140.99361°E / 37.28250; 140.99361Coordinates: 37°16′57″N 140°59′37″E / 37.28250°N 140.99361°E / 37.28250; 140.99361
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
District Futaba
 • Total 103.45 km2 (39.94 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 8,230
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Town of Naraha

Naraha (楢葉町 Naraha-machi?) is a town in Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. It is inside the 20 km exclusion zone of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant; and as of early 2012 remains evacuated.

In 2003, the town had an estimated population of 8,230 and a density of 79.56 persons per km². The total area is 103.45 km².

Among other attractions, Naraha housed J-Village, a state-of-the-art sports training and convention facility that also housed a hotel, restaurant and public bath. The Argentina National Football Team stayed at J-Village for the 2002 World Cup. Naraha also housed one of Japan's fifty-seven cycling terminals and an onsen (a hot spring with a traditional Japanese public bath).

Naraha is normally accessible by train via two stops on the Jōban Line: Kido in the southern part and Tatsuta in the northern part. However, rail service has been suspended.[1]

Naraha is bordered by Tomioka to the north and Hirono to the south.

Naraha has been a sister town to Wuchang (China) since 1992, and Euclid (United States) since 1993.[2]

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami[edit]

Naraha suffered great devastation as a result of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Naraha, with Tomioka, is home to the Fukushima Daini (Number 2) Power Plant. The Daini power plant had a problem with its cooling facility (see timeline). This was in addition to problems suffered by the nearby Fukushima Daiichi (Number 1) Power Plant. Naraha was evacuated as a result.[3]


  1. ^ Notice about suspension of service (PDF), JR East, 14 December 2011. (Japanese)
  2. ^ Kay Van Ho, "Reaching out to our sister-city Naraha Japan", Euclid Observer, 13 April 2011.
  3. ^ 2012 greeting from the mayor, Naraha website. (Japanese)

External links[edit]

Media related to Naraha, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons