Awashimaura village hall
Location of Awashimaura in Niigata
|Region||Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)|
|• Total||9.78 km2 (3.78 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2016)|
|• Density||37.3/km2 (97/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Flower||Lilium maculatum|
|Address||1513-11 Hinomiyama, Awashimaura-mura, Iwafune-gun, Niigata-ken 959-3265|
Awashimaura (粟島浦村? Awashimaura-mura) is a village located in Iwafune District, Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan. As of 1 June 2016[update], the village had an estimated population of 365 and a population density of 37.3 persons per km². Its total area was 9.78 square kilometres (3.78 sq mi).
The island of Awashima has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and fragments of Jomon period pottery have been found. During the Edo period, the island passed between Murakami Domain, Shonai Domain and direct control by the Tokugawa Shogunate several times. During the Boshin War, the Schnell brothers offloaded weapons for Shonai Domain at Awashima. After the Meiji restoration, the village of Asahimaura was created in 1909 as part of Iwafune, District, Niigata Prefecture. The epicentre of the 1964 Niigata earthquake was near Awashima, and many of the buildings in Awashimaura were damaged or destroyed.
The main industries of Awashimaura are seasonal tourism and commercial fishing.
- Awashima Kisen Ferry
- Iwafune (Murakami) - Uchiura (Awashimaura)