Tahara, Aichi

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Tahara
田原市
City
Panorama view of around Tahara, from Mount Zao Park
Panorama view of around Tahara, from Mount Zao Park
Flag of Tahara
Flag
Coat of arms of Tahara
Coat of arms
Location of Tahara in Aichi Prefecture
Location of Tahara in Aichi Prefecture
Tahara is located in Japan
Tahara
Tahara
 
Coordinates: 34°40′N 137°16′E / 34.667°N 137.267°E / 34.667; 137.267Coordinates: 34°40′N 137°16′E / 34.667°N 137.267°E / 34.667; 137.267
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Aichi Prefecture
Area
 • Total 188.81 km2 (72.90 sq mi)
Population (February 2012)
 • Total 63,810
 • Density 338/km2 (880/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Cinnamomum camphora
- Flower Broccolini
Phone number 0531-22-1111
Address 30-1 Minami Banba, Tahara-cho, Tahara-shi, Aichi-ken 441-3492
Website City of Tahara
Tahara City Hall

Tahara (田原市 Tahara-shi?) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

As of February 2012, the city has an estimated population of 63,810 and a population density of 338 persons per km². The total area is 188.81 km².

Geography[edit]

Tahara is situated in southern Aichi Prefecture, and occupies most of Atsumi Peninsula. The peninsula is bounded on the north by Mikawa Bay and to the south lies the Philippine Sea, though it is commonly believed to be the Pacific Ocean.[1] Situated as it is between those two bodies of water, Tahara has a warm, maritime climate.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Tahara has been continuously occupied since prehistoric times. Archaeologists have found numerous remains from the Jōmon period and burial mounds from the Kofun period. During the Nara period, the area was assigned to ancient Atsumi County, and was divided into several shōen during the Heian period. During the Kamakura period, the area was noted for production of a certain type of pottery. During the Sengoku period, the area was under the control of the Toda clan, who constructed Tahara Castle. The Toda, who were allied with Tokugawa Ieyasu were dispossessed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, but returned as daimyō of Tahara Domain at the start of the Edo period. The Toda were later replaced by the Miyake clan, who ruled until the end of the Tokugawa shogunate. The noted scholar Watanabe Kazan was from Tahara.

At the start of the Meiji period, on October 1, 1889 Tahara was a collection of villages within Atsumi District, Aichi Prefecture. Tahara Village was elevated to town status on October 3, 1892 and Fukue village became Fukue Town on February 22, 1897. Fukue later changed its name to Atsumi Town on April 15, 1955. On November 11, 1958, the village of Akabane was raised to town status.

The modern city of Tahara was established on August 20, 2003, from the merger the former town of Tahara, absorbing the village of Akabane (both from Atsumi District) to elevate city status. On October 1, 2005, the town of Atsumi (also from Atsumi District) was merged into Tahara. Therefore, Atsumi District was dissolved as a result of this merger.

Economy[edit]

Tahara is a regional commercial center with a mixed economy of manufacturing and agriculture. Due to its long coastline, Tahara has many ports for commercial fishing. The main industrial employer is Toyota Motor Corporation, which has its award-winning Tahara plant in Tahara which makes many Lexus-brand cars and some Toyota models. The Toyota Celica was manufactured in Tahara from 1979 to 1999. Many Lexus models are manufactured within this plant, as are many Toyota models for domestic and international markets.

Energy[edit]

Tahara has a consortium of companies investing in renewable energy needs. As of November 2012, a new solar energy and wind energy power generation facility will provide 19,000 households with electricity.[2]

Transportation[edit]

Tahara can be accessed by rail, motor vehicle, or ferry.

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

  • Japan National Route 259 is the main highway that runs the length of Atsumi Peninsula. An alternate reading of the kanji in this highway numeral designation is ji-go-ku. In Japanese, the word jigoku means Hell, and thus some locals refer to it as ji-go-ku-douro, or the "Highway to Hell". This term was encouraged by the perception of a higher fatality rate along the road, especially before it was widened and improved.
  • Japan National Route 42

Bus services[edit]

Toyotetsu buses and city-operated environmentally friendly public transport facilitate access throughout Tahara, even to the westernmost point at Cape Irago.

Seaports[edit]

From the Port of Irago, the Ise-wan Ferry connects Tahara with the town of Toba, Mie prefecture. The ferry can accommodate motor vehicles. The ferry also docks at the Central Japan International Airport, built on an artificial island in Ise Bay, south of Nagoya.

Sister cities[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Tahara[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tahara City Profile". Tahara Official Website. Retrieved 11 Nov 2011. 
  2. ^ "Solar/Wind Electricity Generation Project in Tahara City". Toshiba Official Website. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Tahara, Aichi at Wikimedia Commons