Kitashiobara, Fukushima

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Kitashiobara
北塩原村
Village
Kitashiobara Village Hall
Kitashiobara Village Hall
Flag of Kitashiobara
Flag
Official seal of Kitashiobara
Seal
Location of Kitashiobara in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Kitashiobara in Fukushima Prefecture
Kitashiobara is located in Japan
Kitashiobara
Kitashiobara
 
Coordinates: 37°39′21″N 139°56′16″E / 37.65583°N 139.93778°E / 37.65583; 139.93778Coordinates: 37°39′21″N 139°56′16″E / 37.65583°N 139.93778°E / 37.65583; 139.93778
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
District Yama District
Area
 • Total 233.94 km2 (90.32 sq mi)
Population (September 2014)
 • Total 2,952
 • Density 12.6/km2 (33/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Prunus sargentii
- Flower Lysichiton camtschatcensis
- Bird Japanese tit
Phone number 0241-23-3111 
Address 3151 Kitayama Kitashiobara-mura, Yama-gun, Fukushima-ken 966-0485
Website http://www.vill.kitashiobara.fukushima.jp/

Kitashiobara (北塩原村, Kitashiobara-mura) is a village located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2014, the village had an estimated population of 2,952, and a population density of 12.6 persons per km². The total area is 233.94 km².

Geography[edit]

Kitashiobara is located at the far northern Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, bordered by Yamagata Prefecture to the north. Kitayama consists of three areas, named after the former the villages of Kitayama, Ōshio, and Hibara. The western portion, Hibara, has a higher elevation than the other two areas, most of it between 800 m and 1000 m. Also, Lake Hibara in Hibara is located in the Bandai-Asahi National Park. It was created in 1888 during the eruption of Mount Bandai. Oguni-numa, a swamp, is reserved by the Japanese government as a natural monument.[1] The climate is like many other parts of northern Japan, with cold winters and snowfall averaging 2 meters.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Kitashiobara was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and formed part of the holdings of Aizu Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Yama District.

Kitashiobara village was created on March 31, 1954 by the merger of the former villages of Kitayama, Ōshio (all from Yama District).

Economy[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

  • Kitashiobara is not served by any rail transport.

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kitashiobara, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons

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