Katsuyama, Fukui

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Katsuyama City Hall
Katsuyama City Hall
Flag of Katsuyama
Official seal of Katsuyama
Location of Katsuyama in Fukui Prefecture
Location of Katsuyama in Fukui Prefecture
Katsuyama is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°3′39.1″N 136°30′2.3″E / 36.060861°N 136.500639°E / 36.060861; 136.500639Coordinates: 36°3′39.1″N 136°30′2.3″E / 36.060861°N 136.500639°E / 36.060861; 136.500639
RegionChūbu (Hokuriku)
 • Total253.88 km2 (98.02 sq mi)
 (May 2018)
 • Total23,527
 • Density93/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
-FlowerSatsuki Azalea
Phone number0779-88-1111
Address1-1-1 Motomachi, Katsuyama-shi, Fukui-ken 911-8501
Downtown Katsuyama as seen from the west

Katsuyama (勝山市, Katsuyama-shi) is a city located in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 May 2018, the city has an estimated population of 23,527, with 7,973 households,[1] and a population density of 93 persons per km². The total area of the city was 253.88 square kilometres (98.02 sq mi). Katsuyama was the ninth-best ranking city in a ranking that compared health and sanitation in cities around the world published in April 2007.[2]


Katsuyama is located in the Katsuyama Basin of far northern Fukui Prefecture, bordered by Ishikawa Prefecture to the north, and surrounded by mountains on all sides. The Kuzuryū River flows through part of the city. Parts of the city are within the borders of Hakusan National Park.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]


Katsuyama has a Humid climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm, wet summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Katsuyama is 13.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2431 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.3 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.5 °C.[3]


Per Japanese census data,[4] the population of Katsuyama has been declining over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 32,691
1980 30,852
1990 29,805
2000 28,143
2010 25,466


Katsuyama is part of ancient Echizen Province. During the Edo period, the area was divided between the holdings of Echizen-Katsuyama Domain, Fukui Domain, Ōno Domain, and Gujō Domain. Following the Meiji restoration, it was organised into part of Ōno District in Fukui Prefecture. With the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889, the town of Katsuyama was established. It annexed the village of Inose on April 15, 1931, On September 1,1954, Katsuyama merged with the villages of Arado, Muraoka, Kitago, Kitadani, Shikadani, Osoha, Heisen-ji and Nomuki to form the city of Katsuyama.


Katsuyama has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 16 members.


The economy of Katsuyama is primarily agricultural.


Katsuyama has nine public elementary schools and thee middle schools operated by the city government, and one combined private elementary/middle school. The city has one public high school operated by the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates one special education school.




International relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Katsuyama Castle Museum
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Notable people from Katsuyama[edit]


  1. ^ "Population of Katsuyama City" (in Japanese). Japan: Katsuyama City. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.mercerhr.com/knowledgecenter/reportsummary.jhtml/dynamic/idContent/1128060#top50health
  3. ^ Katsuyama climate data
  4. ^ Katsuyama population statistics

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