Kaneyama, Fukushima

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Kaneyama

金山町
Kaneyama Town Hall
Kaneyama Town Hall
Flag of Kaneyama
Flag
Official seal of Kaneyama
Seal
Location of Kaneyama in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Kaneyama in Fukushima Prefecture
Kaneyama is located in Japan
Kaneyama
Kaneyama
 
Coordinates: 37°27′13.3″N 139°32′28.7″E / 37.453694°N 139.541306°E / 37.453694; 139.541306Coordinates: 37°27′13.3″N 139°32′28.7″E / 37.453694°N 139.541306°E / 37.453694; 139.541306
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureFukushima
DistrictŌnuma
Area
 • Total293.92 km2 (113.48 sq mi)
Population
 (December 2014)
 • Total2,074
 • Density7.1/km2 (18/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePaulownia tomentosa
- FlowerMagnolia kobus
- BirdCommon cuckoo
Phone number0241-45-2211 
Address393 Yachi Kawaguchi Kaneyama-machi, Ōnuma-gun, Fukushima-ken 968-0011
WebsiteOfficial website
Lake Numazawa

Kaneyama (金山町, Kaneyama-machi) is a town located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 December 2018, the town had an estimated population of 2,074, in 1064 households [1] and a population density of 7.43 persons per km². The total area is 293.92 square kilometres (113.48 sq mi). Kaneyama is noted for its spectacular scenery.

Geography[edit]

Kaneyama is located in mountainous northwest of the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, bordered Niigata Prefecture to the west. Kaneyama has no town center, but is an artificial construct made up of a number of small villages scattered alongside the Tadami River. Kaneyama has many hot springs.

  • Mountains : Mount Mikagura (1386.5 m), Mount Takamori
  • Rivers : Tadami River
  • Lakes: Lake Numazawa

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Kaneyama has a Humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) characterized by warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Kaneyama is 9.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1615 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.6 °C.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Kaneyama has declined steadily over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 6,511
1980 4,790
1990 3,549
2000 3,204
2010 2,462

History[edit]

The area of present-day Kaneyama was part of ancient Mutsu Province and formed part of the holdings of Aizu Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Ōnuma District in Fukushima Prefecture. After the Meiji restoration, the villages of Yokota, Kawaguchi, Numzawa and Honna were established with the creation if the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. These villages merged on July 1, 1955 to form the village of Kaneyama, which was raised to town status on March 31,1958.

One of the hamlets in the town, Mifuke, on the banks of the Tadami River, was struck by a landslide in April 1964, was abandoned, and now is a ghost town only visited occasionally by tourists and former residents. The displaced people were integrated into the village of Amenuma across the river.[4][5]

Economy[edit]

Hydroelectric power generation from numerous dams on the Tadami River is the primary source of revenue for the village

Education[edit]

Kaneyama has two public elementary schools and one public junior high school operated by the town government. The town has one public high school operated by the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education.

  • Fukushima Prefectural Kawaguchi High School

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

JR logo (east).svg JR EastTadami Line

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Lake Numazawa
  • Numazawa Onsen
  • Oshio Onsen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaneyama town official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Kaneyama climate data
  3. ^ Kaneyama population statistics
  4. ^ "Mugenkyo no Watashi". Okuaizu. Archived from the original on 16 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Foggy Fukushima river tour draws influx of visitors". The Japan Times. Fukushima Minpo. 16 September 2018. Archived from the original on 16 September 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kaneyama, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons