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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
Location of Kanoya in Kagoshima Prefecture
|• Mayor||Shigeru Nakanishi|
|• Total||448.33 km2 (173.10 sq mi)|
|Population (March 2015)|
|• Density||232/km2 (600/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Camphor laurel|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||20-1 Kyōeichō, Kanoya-shi, Kagoshima-ken
As of 1 March 2015[update], the city has an estimated population of 104,148. 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.
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. The original Kanoya City was established as a municipality on May 27, 1941 (Navy Memorial Day).
Kanoya is also popularly called the "Town of Roses".
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.
The average yearly temperature is 17.3 °C (63.1 °F).
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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