Kanoya, Kagoshima

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Kanoya
鹿屋市
City
Top left: Kanoya Rose Park, Top right: Kushira Memorial Tower, 2nd left: Kanoya Ring City, 2nd middle: Kanoya University of Physical Education, 2nd right: Mount Aira Tomb, 3rd left: Kasanohara Plateau, 3rd middle: Kihoku Celestial Sphere Museum, Bottom left :Kimotsuki River and Mount Takakuma, Bottom right: Kanoya Summer Festival
Top left: Kanoya Rose Park, Top right: Kushira Memorial Tower, 2nd left: Kanoya Ring City, 2nd middle: Kanoya University of Physical Education, 2nd right: Mount Aira Tomb, 3rd left: Kasanohara Plateau, 3rd middle: Kihoku Celestial Sphere Museum, Bottom left :Kimotsuki River and Mount Takakuma, Bottom right: Kanoya Summer Festival
Flag of Kanoya
Flag
Official seal of Kanoya
Seal
Location of Kanoya in Kagoshima Prefecture
Location of Kanoya in Kagoshima Prefecture
Kanoya is located in Japan
Kanoya
Kanoya
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 31°25′N 130°53′E / 31.417°N 130.883°E / 31.417; 130.883Coordinates: 31°25′N 130°53′E / 31.417°N 130.883°E / 31.417; 130.883
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Kagoshima Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Shigeru Nakanishi
Area
 • Total 448.33 km2 (173.10 sq mi)
Population (March 2015)
 • Total 104,148
 • Density 232/km2 (600/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Camphor laurel
 • Flower Rose
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 20-1 Kyōeichō, Kanoya-shi, Kagoshima-ken
893-8501
Website www.e-kanoya.net

Kanoya (鹿屋市 Kanoya-shi?) is a city in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. It is located in the southeastern Kyushu region in the central part of Osumi Peninsula.

Demographics[edit]

As of 1 March 2015, the city has an estimated population of 104,148.[1] Within Kagoshima Prefecture, Kanoya is the third most populous city next to Kagoshima (the prefectural capital) and Kirishima. The only other city in Kagoshima with a population over 100,000 is Satsumasendai.[2]

In 2006, the original city of Kanoya was expanded following the merger of the two towns of Aira and Kushira in Kimotsuki District, and Kihoku in Soo District.[3] The original Kanoya City was established as a municipality on May 27, 1941 (Navy Memorial Day).[citation needed]

Kanoya is also popularly called the "Town of Roses".[4]

Geography[edit]

Kanoya is located approximately at the heart of Osumi Peninsula with its city limits running approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) east and west and 41 kilometres (25 mi) north and south. The Takakuma Mountains stretch out into the northwestern part of the city and the Kimotsuki Mountains in the southeast. Between both mountain ranges lie the Kasanohara and Kanoyahara plateaus. The Kimotsuki Plains spread through the alluvial plains of the Kimotsuki River that runs through central Kanoya. In the western part of the city is Kinko Bay which runs down the coast line.

Bordering municipalities[edit]

Kanoya is bordered by the cities of Tarumizu, Kirishima, and Soo, the towns of Higashikushira, Kinko, and Kimotsuki in Kimotsuki District, and the town of Osaki in Soo District.

Climate[edit]

The average yearly temperature is 17.3 °C (63.1 °F).[5]

Specialties[edit]

Kanoya's specialties include Berkshire pig, peanuts, broilers, and sweet potatoes. Kanoya is home to the Kanoya National Institute of Fitness and Sports (NIFS), as well as the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kanoya Air Base (JMSDF Kanoya Air Field).

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