Cosmos in Ikoma Plateau
Location of Kobayashi in Miyazaki Prefecture
|• Mayor||Masahiro Higo (since April 2010)|
|• Total||563.09 km2 (217.41 sq mi)|
|Population (May 1, 2011)|
|• Density||84/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Cherry blossom, Abies firma|
|• Bird||Treron Sieboldii|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||Hosono 300, Kobayashi City, Miyazaki Prefecture (宮崎県小林市細野300番地)
As of May 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 47,328, with 19,924 households and a population density of 80.45 persons per km². The total area is 563.09 km². Like the city of Miyakonojō, Kobayashi is suffering from a declining population.
Places of interest
- A fertility shrine a which people pray to conceive children. The site has a natural rock formation that resembles a phallus.
- Ikoma Plateau
- At an elevation of 540 m (1,770 ft), the plateau offers a view of the city from its magnificent flower garden with the Kirishima Mountain Range at its back. October is Cosmos season while April/May feature Icelandic poppies.
- Idenoyama Park
- Home of the Firefly Festival every May. Features a freshwater aquarium, restaurants specializing in carp dishes, and beautiful lakefront scenery.
- Sannomiya Gorge
- Featuring a cliff which is 32 m (105 ft) high and stretching 60 m (200 ft) wide.
- Suki Suspension Bridge and Mamako Falls
- Crossing the bridge leads to a view of this waterfall cluster. The falls are named after a legend which tells of a cruel stepmother who took her six-year-old stepdaughter to the falls to murder her. However, the child had tied their sashes together without the stepmother realizing, and when the stepmother pushed the girl over, they both fell to their deaths.
Sakura Festival: Late March-Early April. Features flower viewing and local events in locations all over Kobayashi.
Firefly Festival at Idenoyama Park: Late May-Late June
Water Festival: First Saturday of August
Suki City Fireforks Festival: Mid-August
Suki Chestnut Festival: Late September
Inyoseki Festival: Late September
Harvest Festival: Early November
Autumn Festival: Late November
Winter Festival: Late November/Early December. Features annual Christmas Lights Display at Kobayashi Station. The lights were designed by students of the local technical school, now Kobayashi Shuho High School.
- Ebino, Miyazaki
- Aya, Miyazaki
- Nishimera, Miyazaki
- Miyakonojō, Miyazaki
- Miyazaki, Miyazaki
- Takaharu, Miyazaki
- Taragi, Kumamoto
- Asagiri, Kumamoto
- Kirishima, Kagoshima
Kobayashi has eight middle schools and ten elementary schools after the inclusion of Suki and Uchiyama's middles and elementary schools. It has three high schools after the combination of Kobayashi Commercial and Kobayashi Technical high school in 2010.