Mihama, Mie

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Mihama Town Office
Mihama Town Office
Flag of Mihama
Official seal of Mihama
Location of Mihama in Mie Prefecture
Location of Mihama in Mie Prefecture
Mihama is located in Japan
Coordinates: 33°49′N 136°3′E / 33.817°N 136.050°E / 33.817; 136.050Coordinates: 33°49′N 136°3′E / 33.817°N 136.050°E / 33.817; 136.050
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Mie Prefecture
District Minamimuro
 • Total 88.28 km2 (34.09 sq mi)
Population (September 2012)
 • Total 9,089
 • Density 103/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Pinus thunbergii
• Flower Citrus unshiu
• Bird Meadow bunting
Phone number 05979-3-0505 
Address 6120-1 Atawa, Mihama-chō, Minamimuro-gun, Mie-ken 519-5204
Website www.town.mihama.mie.jp

Mihama (御浜町, Mihama-chō) is a town located in Mie Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2012, the town had an estimated population of 9,089 and a population density of 103 persons per km2. The total area was 88.28 km2.


Mihama is located near the southern tip of the Kii Peninsula, facing the Pacific Ocean, in southern Mie Prefecture. Parts of the town are within the borders of the Yoshino-Kumano National Park.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Ariake on beach, 2010

The village of Atawa was established within Minamimuro District by the early Meiji period cadastral reforms of April 1 1889. It was elevated to town status on October 1, 1933. Atawa Town was merged with two neighboring villages of Ichigioroshi and Kōshiyama to form the town of Mihama on September 1, 1958.

In 2009 the ferry Ariake (ferry) was shipwrecked in Mihama.[1][2] There were some injuries but all 28 passengers and crew were rescued.[3]


Mihama serves as a commercial center for the surrounding region.




Local attractions[edit]

Mihama is known as "The town where you can pick mikan (mandarin oranges) all year long" (Nenju mikan no toreru machi). This phrase is even written on the manhole covers, accompanied by a picture of a smiling orange.

Noted people from Mihama[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Mihama, Mie at Wikimedia Commons