Ami town office
Location of Ami in Ibaraki Prefecture
|• Total||71.40 km2 (27.57 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2015)|
|• Density||673/km2 (1,740/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||1-1-1 Chuo, Ami-machi, Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki-ken 300-0332|
Ami (阿見町 Ami-machi) is a town located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2015, the town had an estimated population of 48,019, and a population density of 673 persons per km². Its total area is 71.40 km².
Located in southern Ibaraki Prefecture, Ami is bordered to the north by Lake Kasumigaura
During the Edo period, the area around Ami was part of Hitachi Province. The villages of Ami, Kimihara, Asahi and Funashima were created with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. In 1921, the Imperial Japanese Navy established a naval aviation training base at Ami, with floatplane operations on nearby Kasumigaura. Zeppelin operations also began from 1929. In 1937, the Youth Aviation Squadron was transferred from Yokosuka. The base was repeated bombed in 1944 and 1945 during World War II, with the attack on June 10, 1945 killing over 300 people. On April 1, 1955, the villages of Ami, Kimihara and Asahi merged to form the town of Ami. Most of the village of Funashima joined on April 20, 1955.
Ami has a mixed economy. Agriculture remains predominant; however, there are also numerous factories for chemicals, light manufacturing and electronics.
- Ibaraki University – Department of Agriculture
- Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences
- Ami also has eight elementary schools, four middle schools and one high school.
- Ami is not served by any passenger train service. The nearest stations are Tsuchiura and Arakawaoki in neighboring Tsuchiura.
- JGSDF Camp Tutiura
- JGSDF Ordnance School
- JGSDF Camp Kasumigaura
- site of Jojo Castle
- Yokaren Peace Memorial Museum
- Ami Premium Outlet Shopping Center
- – Superior, WI, USA – sister city since 1997 
- – Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China (friendship city) from June 1997 
Media related to Ami, Ibaraki at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)