Amakusa, Kumamoto

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Amakusa

天草市
Amakusa City hall
Amakusa City hall
Flag of Amakusa
Flag
Official seal of Amakusa
Emblem
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
CountryJapan
RegionKyushu
PrefectureKumamoto Prefecture
Government
 • MayorKimihiro Yasuda
Area
 • Total683.17 km2 (263.77 sq mi)
Population
 (March 31, 2017)
 • Total83,082
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeFicus superba
 • FlowerHibiscus hamabo
 • BirdLarus canus
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address8-1 Higashihamamachi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto-ken
863-0014
Websitewww.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
(59.0)
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)
21.0
(69.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 7.8
(46.0)
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)
17.5
(63.4)
Average low °C (°F) 4.8
(40.6)
5.3
(41.5)
7.8
(46.0)
12.4
(54.3)
16.2
(61.2)
19.7
(67.5)
23.9
(75.0)
24.7
(76.5)
22.0
(71.6)
17.0
(62.6)
12.0
(53.6)
7.2
(45.0)
14.4
(58.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 97.9
(3.85)
93.7
(3.69)
132.7
(5.22)
171.0
(6.73)
201.1
(7.92)
350.0
(13.78)
288.4
(11.35)
200.6
(7.90)
181.0
(7.13)
90.7
(3.57)
95.5
(3.76)
86.0
(3.39)
1,988.6
(78.29)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 5
(2.0)
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 72
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]

  • Alegria Gardens[citation needed]
  • Amakusa Christian Museum
  • Amakusa Dolphin Marine Land[citation needed]
  • Ōe Catholic Church
  • Sakitsu Catholic Church
  • Shimoda Onsen hot springs

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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-08-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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