Kazamaura, Aomori

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Kazamaura
風間浦村
Village
Shimoburo onsen in Kazamaura
Shimoburo onsen in Kazamaura
Flag of  Kazamaura
Flag
Official seal of  Kazamaura
Seal
Location of Kazamaura in  Aomori Prefecture
Location of Kazamaura in Aomori Prefecture
 Kazamaura is located in Japan
 Kazamaura
Kazamaura
 
Coordinates: 41°29′15″N 140°59′55″E / 41.48750°N 140.99861°E / 41.48750; 140.99861Coordinates: 41°29′15″N 140°59′55″E / 41.48750°N 140.99861°E / 41.48750; 140.99861
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
District Shimokita
Area
 • Total 69.55 km2 (26.85 sq mi)
Population (October 2016)
 • Total 1,918
 • Density 27.6/km2 (71/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
- Tree Hiba
- Flower Rosa rugosa
- Bird Common gull
Phone number 0175-35-2111
Address 28-5 Aza-Ōkawame, Ōaza Ikokuma, Kazamaura-mura, Aomori-ken 039-4502
Website www.kazamaura.jp
Kazamaura Village Hall

Kazamaura (風間浦村?, Kazamaura-mura) is a village located in Shimokita District, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2016, the village had an estimated population of 1,918 and a population density of 27.6 persons per km2. The total area was 69.55 square kilometres (26.85 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

The northernmost village on Honshū island, Kazamaura is on the northwestern shore of Shimokita Peninsula. It is separated from the island of Hokkaidō by the Tsugaru Strait. Most of the village is part of the Osoreyama Mountain Range, resulting in little flat land. The Ikokuma River flows through the village. Approximately 96% of the total area of the village is covered by forests.[1] The village has a cold oceanic climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall and strong winds. (Köppen climate classification Cfb). The average annual temperature in Kazamaura is 8.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1259 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 21.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.9 °C.[2]

Much of the village is within the borders of the Shimokita Hantō Quasi-National Park.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

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

Census Year Population
1970 4,243
1980 3,917
1990 3,295
2000 2,793
2010 2,465

History[edit]

Kazamaura was founded with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889 through the merger of the three hamlets of Shimofuro (下風呂村?), Ikokuma (易国間?), and Hebiurakani (蛇浦簡易?), with the new village taking one kanji from the names of its components to form "Kazamaura".

Economy[edit]

The economy of Kazamaura is heavily dependent on forestry and commercial fishing (particularly for squid, sea urchin and konbu).

Education[edit]

Kazamaura has three public elementary schools, and one public middle school operate day the village government. The village does not have a high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

  • The village has no passenger railway service.

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Shimofuro Onsen - A sulphur hot spring resort known for its view of the many fishing boat lights that shine on the Tsugaru Strait after sunset.
  • Kuwabata Onsen,- a hot spring resort
  • Isaribi Strait Park
  • Squid Centre - A center for supplying fresh squid
  • Ikokuma River - A mountain river noted for its scenic foliage season and fishing.

References[edit]

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