Ōwani, Aomori

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View of Ōwani Onsen
View of Ōwani Onsen
Flag of Ōwani
Official seal of Ōwani
Location of Ōwani in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Ōwani in Aomori Prefecture
Ōwani is located in Japan
Coordinates: 40°31′6.1″N 140°34′4.2″E / 40.518361°N 140.567833°E / 40.518361; 140.567833Coordinates: 40°31′6.1″N 140°34′4.2″E / 40.518361°N 140.567833°E / 40.518361; 140.567833
 • Total163.43 km2 (63.10 sq mi)
 (December 31, 2017)
 • Total9,821
 • Density60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeKatsura
- FlowerRhododendron
- BirdJapanese bush warbler
Phone number0172-48-2111
AddressHagurodate 5-3, Ōwani-machi, Minamitsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 038-0292
WebsiteOfficial website
Ōwani town hall

Ōwani (大鰐町, Ōwani-machi) is a town located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 December 2017, the town had an estimated population of 9,821 people in 4,230 households[1] and a population density of 60.0 persons per km². The total area of the town is 163.41 square kilometres (63.09 sq mi).


Ōwani, located in Minamitsugaru District, occupies the hilly southern border between south-central Aomori Prefecture and northern Akita Prefecture. The town has a cold humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) characterized by warm short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Ōwani is 9.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1397 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.4 °C, and lowest in January, at around -3.0 °C.[2]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Aomori Prefecture

Akita Prefecture


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Ōwani has decreased steadily over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 16,724
1980 16,312
1990 14,751
2000 12,881
2010 10,978


During the Edo period, the area around Ōwani was controlled by the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain. After the Meiji Restoration, it became a village within Minamitsugaru District of Aomori Prefecture. On April 1, 1923, Ōwani was proclaimed as a town. On July 1, 1954, it annexed neighboring Kuradate Town, but lost a portion of its territory to Hirosaki City on September 30, 1964.


The economy of Ōwani is heavily dependent on agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Tourism from ski resorts and onsen hot springs also contribute to the local economy. Mount Ajara was a venue for the 2003 Asian Winter Games).


Ōwani has one public elementary school and one public junior high school operated by the town government. The town's only high school, a branch of Hirosaki Minami High School, closed in 2013.



JR logo (east).svgEast Japan Railway Company (JR East) - Ōu Main Line

Konan Testudo logo.jpg - Kōnan Railway Ōwani Line


Local attractions[edit]

  • Ōwani onsen

Noted people from Ōwani[edit]

Sister cities[edit]


  1. ^ official home page (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Ōwani climate data
  3. ^ Ōwani population statistics
  4. ^ "About Novi." Novi Public Library. February 11, 2010. Retrieved on November 28, 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ōwani, Aomori at Wikimedia Commons