Kariwa village hall
Location of Kariwa in Niigata
|Region||Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)|
|• Total||26.27 km2 (10.14 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2016)|
|• Density||181/km2 (470/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Japanese black pine|
|Address||215-1 Warimachi-Shinden, Kariwa-mura, Kariwa-gun, Niigata-ken 945-0308|
Kariwa (刈羽村? Kariwa-mura) is a village located in Kariwa District, Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan. As of 1 June 2016[update], the village had an estimated population of 4,742 and a population density of 181 persons per km². Its total area was 26.27 square kilometres (10.14 sq mi).
Kariwa is located in central Niigata Prefecture, sandwiched between the cities of Nagaoka and Kashiwazaki, and consists of two discontinuous areas. Kariwa is located near the Sea of Japan but has no coastline. It takes over 3 hours to reach Tokyo by train (using local trains and Joetsu Shinkansen from Nagaoka) or by driving a car on the Kan-Etsu Expressway.
The area of present-day Kariwa was part of ancient Echigo Province. The village of Kariwa was established on November 1, 1901. On September 30, 1956 a part of the neighbouring village of Nakadori was absorbed into Kariwa. Likewise, on April 10, 1959 a part of neighbouring Futada village was absorbed into Kariwa
2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off the coast of Kashiwazaki, killing 10 people, and injuring more than 1,200, causing massive power outages. Total over 340 houses were destroyed and thousands of people were forced to live at the shelters. The quake caused a fire at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in an electrical transformer, a leak of water from the spent fuel pool, and a host of other safety related events.]]
Together with Kashiwazaki city, Kariwa is the home of the Tokyo Electric Power Company's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, once the largest nuclear generating station in the world by net electrical power rating. After the April 2011 earthquake, all restarted units were shut down and safety improvements are being carried out. As of August 2016[update] no units have been restarted.
Kariwa has three public elementary schools and one public middle school. The village does not have a high school.
- Kariwa Midden (Pre-historic site)
- Tohuku-in (temple)
- Joraku-ji (temple)
- Hozo-ji (temple)
- Katsuyama castle remains (Now used as hiking paths)
- Akada castle remains (Now used as hiking paths)
- Kariwa Village Life Learning Center "Rapika" (External Link (in Japanese))
- Takiya Toro Oshiai Matsuri (Lantern Battle Festival) (April)
- Peach Flower Festival (April)
- Kariwa-mura Furusato Matsuri (Village Festival) (August)
- The European Parliament's Greens-EFA Group - The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2007 p. 23.
- Niigata earthquake death toll rises to eleven Japan News Review, July 23
- "Japanese nuke plant leaked after earthquake". Associated Press. July 16, 2007. Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2007.