Nihonmatsu, Fukushima

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Minowa Gate in Nihonmatsu Castle
Minowa Gate in Nihonmatsu Castle
Flag of Nihonmatsu
Official seal of Nihonmatsu
Location of Nihonmatsu in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Nihonmatsu in Fukushima Prefecture
Nihonmatsu is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°35′5.5″N 140°25′52.2″E / 37.584861°N 140.431167°E / 37.584861; 140.431167Coordinates: 37°35′5.5″N 140°25′52.2″E / 37.584861°N 140.431167°E / 37.584861; 140.431167
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
 • - Mayor Hiroshi Shinno
 • Total 344.65 km2 (133.07 sq mi)
Population (October 2014)
 • Total 56,386
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Sakura
- Flower Chrysanthemum
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0243-23-1111
Address 403-1 Kanairo, Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 964-8601
Nihonmatsu City Hall

Nihonmatsu (二本松市 Nihonmatsu-shi?) is a city in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. As of December 2014, the city has an estimated population of 56,386[1] and a population density of 164 persons per km². The total area was 344.65 km². The Adachi neighborhood of Nihonmatsu was the birthplace of artist Chieko Takamura, subject of the book of poems Chieko's Sky (智恵子抄 Chiekoshō?, literally "Chieko Selections"), written by her husband Kōtarō Takamura.[2]


Nihonmatsu is located in the Nakadōri section of Fukushima prefecture, between the cities of Fukushima and Kōriyama. Nihonmatsu's western border consists of the Adatara mountain range. The Abukuma River runs through the eastern part (forming the border between the former towns of Adachi and Tōwa), flowing from south to north.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Nihonmatsu was part of ancient Mutsu Province. It developed as the castle town of Nihonmatsu Domain, a 100,700 koku han, which was ruled by the Niwa clan under the Tokugawa shogunate) in the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Adachi District in the Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province.

The town of Nihonmatsu as established with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Nihonmatsu annexed the neighboring villages of Shiozawa, Dakeshita, Sugita, Ishii and Ohdaira on January 1, 1955 and was elevated to city status on October 1, 1958. The city annexed the towns of Adachi, Iwashiro and Tōwa (all from Adach District on December 1, 2005.[3]


Nihonmatsu is a regional commercial center with a mixed economy. It is especially noted for furniture manufacturing and sake brewing.


  • Fukushima Prefectural Adachi High School
  • Fukushima Prefectural Adachi Higashi High School
  • Fukushima Prefectural Nihonmatsu Industrial High School
  • seven middle schools
  • 16 elementary schools




International relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

A Monument of Nihonmatsu Boys Manifestation
  • Nihonmatsu Castle, also known as Kasumiga Castle, is a historical castle along with a park. Nihonmatsu Castle is one of Japan's Top 100 Castles. Nihonmatsu Castle is also one of the top 100 sites in Japan for cherry blossom viewing.[4]
  • Obama Castle, historical castle ruins
  • Dake Onsen (ja), onsen resort located in western Nihonmatsu.
  • Ebisu Circuit, famous drift racing track, adjacent to Tohoku Safari Park.
  • The Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival (ja) is held every October 4-6. The festival has been held annually since 1643 and is one of the three largest lantern festivals in Japan.


Nihonmatsu has a long history of sake brewing, with several sake breweries headquartered in the city:

  • Daishichi (ja), established in 1752, one of the few breweries that continues to use the traditional kimoto brewing process. Tours are available.
  • Okunomatsu (ja), established in 1716.
  • Ninki Sake Brewery (ja), established in 1897.
  • Himonoya, maker of the Senkonari brand sake.[5]

Notable people from Nihonmatsu[edit]


  1. ^ "Estimated population October 1, 2014" (PDF) (in Japanese). Official Fukushima Prefecture website. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ 二本松の歴史年表 [Nihonmatsu History by Year] (in Japanese). 二本松市. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots". Wiki Travel. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Senkonari home page". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 

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