View of Ōwani Onsen
Location of Ōwani in Aomori Prefecture
|• Total||163.43 km2 (63.10 sq mi)|
(December 31, 2017)
|• Density||60/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||Hagurodate 5-3, Ōwani-machi, Minamitsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 038-0292|
Ōwani (大鰐町 Ōwani-machi) is a town located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 December 2017[update], the town had an estimated population of 9,821 people in 4,230 households 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.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Ōwani has decreased steadily over the past 40 years.
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.
- Ōwani onsen
Noted people from Ōwani
- Wakanohana Kanji II – sumo wrestler
Media related to Ōwani, Aomori at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese)