Minowa Gate in Nihonmatsu Castle
Location of Nihonmatsu in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Mayor||Hiroshi Shinno|
|• Total||344.65 km2 (133.07 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2014)|
|• Density||160/km2 (420/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Bird||Japanese Bush-warbler|
|Address||403-1 Kanairo, Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken
Nihonmatsu (二本松市 Nihonmatsu-shi?) is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on October 1, 1958. As of October 2014, the city has an estimated population of 56,386 and a population density of 164 persons per km². The total area is 344.65 km².
The Adachi section of Nihonmatsu is 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.
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.
- January 1, 1955 - The town of Nihonmatsu absorbed the villages of Shiozawa, Dakeshita, Sugita, Ishii and Ohdaira to create the new town of Nihonmatsu.
- October 1, 1958 - Nihonmatsu has upgraded from town to city status.
- December 1, 2005 - Nihonmatsu absorbed the towns of Adachi, Iwashiro and Tōwa (all from Adach District) to create the current and expanded city of Nihonmatsu.
- 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.
- 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. Several sake breweries have their headquarters in Nihonmatsu.
- 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.
- Hanover, New Hampshire, United States (1998)
- "Estimated population October 1, 2014" (in Japanese). Official Fukushima Prefecture website. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- 二本松の歴史年表 [Nihonmatsu History by Year] (in Japanese). 二本松市. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
- "Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots". Wiki Travel. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
- "Senkonari home page". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
Media related to Nihonmatsu, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons
- Nihonmatsu City official website (Japanese)
- Nihonmatsu tourism website (Japanese)
- Dake Onsen tourism website (Japanese)