Kōshū, Yamanashi

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Kōshū
甲州市
City
Katsunuma vinyard
Katsunuma vinyard
Flag of Kōshū
Flag
Official seal of Kōshū
Seal
Location of Kōshū in Yamanashi Prefecture
Location of Kōshū in Yamanashi Prefecture
Kōshū is located in Japan
Kōshū
Kōshū
 
Coordinates: 35°42′15.6″N 138°43′45.9″E / 35.704333°N 138.729417°E / 35.704333; 138.729417Coordinates: 35°42′15.6″N 138°43′45.9″E / 35.704333°N 138.729417°E / 35.704333; 138.729417
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Yamanashi Prefecture
Government
 • - Mayor Atsushi Tanabe (since December 2005)
Area
 • Total 264.11 km2 (101.97 sq mi)
Population (November 1, 2015)
 • Total 31,729
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Grape
- Flower Cherry blossom
-Bird Cettia diphone
Phone number 0553-32-2111
Address Enzan-Kamiozo 1085-1, Koshū-shi, Yamanashi-ken 404-8501
Website www.city.koshu.yamanashi.jp/koshu/
Kōshū City Hall

Kōshū (甲州市 Kōshū-shi?) is a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. The city is synonymous with viticulture and wine production in Japan.

As of November 2015, the city had an estimated population of 31,729 and a population density of 120 persons per km². The total area was 264.11 square kilometres (101.97 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Kōshū is located in northeastern Yamanashi Prefecture.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Katsunuma
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 17.2
(63)
23.5
(74.3)
26.9
(80.4)
31.9
(89.4)
34.0
(93.2)
38.5
(101.3)
39.3
(102.7)
40.5
(104.9)
37.4
(99.3)
33.4
(92.1)
24.9
(76.8)
23.0
(73.4)
40.5
(104.9)
Average high °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
9.6
(49.3)
13.5
(56.3)
20.0
(68)
24.3
(75.7)
27.0
(80.6)
30.5
(86.9)
32.1
(89.8)
27.6
(81.7)
21.4
(70.5)
15.9
(60.6)
10.7
(51.3)
20.07
(68.12)
Average low °C (°F) −3.0
(26.6)
−1.8
(28.8)
1.8
(35.2)
7.3
(45.1)
12.3
(54.1)
16.6
(61.9)
20.6
(69.1)
21.5
(70.7)
17.7
(63.9)
11.0
(51.8)
4.5
(40.1)
−0.7
(30.7)
8.98
(48.17)
Record low °C (°F) −11.3
(11.7)
−10.6
(12.9)
−6.7
(19.9)
−3.7
(25.3)
1.6
(34.9)
9.4
(48.9)
13.3
(55.9)
14.0
(57.2)
6.7
(44.1)
0.7
(33.3)
−3.1
(26.4)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−11.3
(11.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 36.0
(1.417)
39.5
(1.555)
72.9
(2.87)
71.2
(2.803)
83.5
(3.287)
121.3
(4.776)
123.8
(4.874)
150.4
(5.921)
181.7
(7.154)
117.3
(4.618)
52.7
(2.075)
31.0
(1.22)
1,081.3
(42.57)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 4.7 5.3 9.2 8.4 9.3 11.4 11.6 9.3 10.8 8.9 5.9 3.8 98.6
Mean monthly sunshine hours 198.7 186.7 193.7 202.6 192.4 149.7 167.5 197.3 148.5 158.1 176.0 197.0 2,168.2
Source #1: Japan Meteorological Agency(JMA)[1]
Source #2: JMA[2]

History[edit]

The modern city of Kōshū was established on November 1, 2005, from the merger of the city of Enzan, the town of Katsunuma, and the village of Yamato (both from Higashiyamanashi District).

Economy[edit]

Most of the area of the city is agricultural, and is especially known for its production of grapes and wine.

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

  • Japan - Futtsu, Chiba – since December 1, 1977 with former Enzan City
  • United States - Ames, Iowa, USA – since September 20, 1993 with former Enzan City[3]
  • France - Beaune, Côte-d'Or, France[4] – since September 18, 1976 with former Katsunuma City
  • ChinaTurpan, Xinjiang, China[4] – since October 3, 2000 with former Katsunuma City

Local attractions[edit]

Events[edit]

Every year in Autumn the "Koshu Fruit Marathon" is held. It was held for the third time on October 21, 2012. While it is called a marathon (the word is commonly used in Japan to describe races of varying distances) it actually consists of several shorter races, a 3.5 family race, a 10k race, a half-marathon, and a 23 km race.[5]

Noted people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "勝沼 年・月ごとの平年値". JMA. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ "勝沼 観測史上1~10位の値". JMA. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Koshu Fruit Marathon website Course Retrieved on November 6, 2012 (Japanese)

External links[edit]

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