Amakusa, Kumamoto

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Amakusa
天草市
City
Amakusa City hall
Amakusa City hall
Flag of Amakusa
Flag
Official seal of Amakusa
Symbol
Location of Amakusa in Kumamoto Prefecture
Location of Amakusa in Kumamoto Prefecture
Amakusa is located in Japan
Amakusa
Amakusa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°28′N 130°12′E / 32.467°N 130.200°E / 32.467; 130.200Coordinates: 32°28′N 130°12′E / 32.467°N 130.200°E / 32.467; 130.200
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Kumamoto Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Kimihiro Yasuda
Area
 • Total 683.17 km2 (263.77 sq mi)
Population (March 31, 2017)
 • Total 83,082
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Ficus superba
 • Flower Hibiscus hamabo
 • Bird Larus canus
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 8-1 Higashihamamachi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto-ken
863-0014
Website www.city.amakusa.kumamoto.jp

Amakusa (天草市, Amakusa-shi) is a city located in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.

Amakusa City covers parts of two main islands, and six smaller islets. They are referred to as Kamishima 上島 (天草諸島) and Shimoshima 下島 (天草諸島) (Upper Island and Lower Island). It has the distinction of being the fastest depopulating city in Japan since the last census. (2005)[citation needed]

The modern city of Amakusa was established on March 27, 2006, from the merger between the old cities of Hondo and Ushibuka, and the towns of Amakusa (former), Ariake, Goshoura, Itsuwa, Kawaura, Kuratake, Shinwa and Sumoto (all from Amakusa District).[citation needed]

As of March 31, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 83,082[1] and a population density of 120 persons per km². The total area is 683.17 km².

Amakusa Airlines is headquartered in Amakusa.[2]

Climate[edit]

Amakusa has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot summers and cool winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, and is heaviest from May to August.

Climate data for Ushibuka/Amakusa, Kumamoto
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10.9
(51.6)
11.7
(53.1)
15.0
(59)
19.7
(67.5)
23.2
(73.8)
25.8
(78.4)
29.7
(85.5)
31.3
(88.3)
28.5
(83.3)
24.0
(75.2)
18.8
(65.8)
13.5
(56.3)
21.01
(69.82)
Daily mean °C (°F) 7.8
(46)
8.4
(47.1)
11.3
(52.3)
15.9
(60.6)
19.5
(67.1)
22.4
(72.3)
26.4
(79.5)
27.6
(81.7)
24.8
(76.6)
20.1
(68.2)
15.2
(59.4)
10.2
(50.4)
17.47
(63.43)
Average low °C (°F) 4.8
(40.6)
5.3
(41.5)
7.8
(46)
12.4
(54.3)
16.2
(61.2)
19.7
(67.5)
23.9
(75)
24.7
(76.5)
22.0
(71.6)
17.0
(62.6)
12.0
(53.6)
7.2
(45)
14.42
(57.95)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 97.9
(3.854)
93.7
(3.689)
132.7
(5.224)
171.0
(6.732)
201.1
(7.917)
350.0
(13.78)
288.4
(11.354)
200.6
(7.898)
181.0
(7.126)
90.7
(3.571)
95.5
(3.76)
86.0
(3.386)
1,988.6
(78.291)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 5
(2)
3
(1.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2
(0.8)
10
(4)
Average relative humidity (%) 65 65 66 72 75 82 83 78 75 67 66 66 71.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 105.2 109.8 158.9 164.7 180.9 141.5 196.8 237.2 187.0 192.7 152.3 117.2 1,944.2
Source: NOAA (1961-1990)[3]

Sightseeing Spots[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Sister Cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official website of Amakusa City" (in Japanese). Japan: Amakusa City. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "AMX会社概要 Archived 2009-08-04 at the Wayback Machine.." Amakusa Airlines. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "Ushibuka Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://ci.encinitas.ca.us/index.aspx?page=205

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