Okinoshima, Shimane

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Okinoshima
隠岐の島町
Town
Rosoku (Candle) Rock, an Okinoshima landmark
Rosoku (Candle) Rock, an Okinoshima landmark
Flag of Okinoshima
Flag
Official seal of Okinoshima
Seal
Location of Okinoshima in Shimane Prefecture
Location of Okinoshima in Shimane Prefecture
Okinoshima is located in Japan
Okinoshima
Okinoshima
 
Coordinates: 36°12′N 133°19′E / 36.200°N 133.317°E / 36.200; 133.317Coordinates: 36°12′N 133°19′E / 36.200°N 133.317°E / 36.200; 133.317
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku
San'in
Prefecture Shimane Prefecture
District Oki
Government
 • - Mayor Kazuhisa Matsuda
Area
 • Total 242.97 km2 (93.81 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2013)
 • Total 14,849
 • Density 61.1/km2 (158/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
-Tree Cryptomeria
- Flower Oki Rhododendron
Phone number 08512-2-2111
Address 1 Jōhokumachi, Okinoshima-machi, Oki-gun, Shimane-ken 685-8585 
Website www.town.okinoshima.shimane.jp
Okinoshima Town Hall

Okinoshima (隠岐の島町 Okinoshima-chō?) is a town located on Dōgo, in Oki District, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2013, the town had an estimated population of 14,849 and a population density of 61.1 persons per km². The total area was 242.95 km².

Geography[edit]

Okinoshima occupies all of the island of Dōgojima, in the Oki Islands archipelago in the Sea of Japan, along with numerous offshore uninhabited islands and rocks. For administrative purposes, the Japanese government officially considers the disputed islet of Takeshima ( Liancourt Rocks) to be a part of the town of Okinoshima.

Climate[edit]

Okinoshima has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with very warm summers and cool winters. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year.

Climate data for Saigō, Okinoshima
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.0
(44.6)
7.1
(44.8)
10.5
(50.9)
16.0
(60.8)
20.6
(69.1)
23.5
(74.3)
27.6
(81.7)
29.5
(85.1)
25.3
(77.5)
20.4
(68.7)
15.3
(59.5)
10.3
(50.5)
17.76
(63.96)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.7
(38.7)
3.7
(38.7)
6.2
(43.2)
11.5
(52.7)
15.9
(60.6)
19.7
(67.5)
24.1
(75.4)
25.7
(78.3)
21.5
(70.7)
16.0
(60.8)
11.2
(52.2)
6.6
(43.9)
13.82
(56.89)
Average low °C (°F) 0.5
(32.9)
0.3
(32.5)
1.8
(35.2)
6.7
(44.1)
11.1
(52)
16.1
(61)
21.2
(70.2)
22.3
(72.1)
17.9
(64.2)
11.6
(52.9)
7.0
(44.6)
3.0
(37.4)
9.96
(49.93)
Precipitation mm (inches) 171.9
(6.768)
119.9
(4.72)
110.0
(4.331)
115.5
(4.547)
117.1
(4.61)
167.6
(6.598)
195.4
(7.693)
130.5
(5.138)
205.9
(8.106)
118.0
(4.646)
144.3
(5.681)
155.0
(6.102)
1,751.1
(68.94)
Snowfall cm (inches) 69
(27.2)
51
(20.1)
10
(3.9)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1
(0.4)
27
(10.6)
158
(62.2)
 % humidity 72 72 72 73 75 82 84 81 79 75 73 72 75.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 79.3 92.0 156.9 197.7 231.1 181.0 186.8 224.0 163.6 169.4 116.3 88.4 1,886.5
Source: NOAA (1961-1990) [1]

History[edit]

Okinoshima was formed from the merger of the town of Saigō, and the villages of Fuse, Goka and Tsuma on October 1, 2004, all from Oki District.

Economy[edit]

The town economy is primarily based on agriculture and commercial fishing.

Transportation[edit]

Airport[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sea Port[edit]

  • Saigō Port is the major seaport and ferry terminal in the Oki Islands

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Okinoshima[edit]

  • Okinoumi Ayumi – sumo wrestler, the first wrestler from Shimane Prefecture to reach the top makuuchi division in 88 years.
  • Kai Hirano – professional soccer player

External links[edit]

Media related to Okinoshima, Shimane at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]