Miharu, Fukushima

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Miharu
三春町
Town
Miharu Town Hall
Miharu Town Hall
Flag of Miharu
Flag
Official seal of Miharu
Seal
Location of Miharu in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Miharu in Fukushima Prefecture
Miharu is located in Japan
Miharu
Miharu
 
Coordinates: 37°26′27.6″N 140°29′33.3″E / 37.441000°N 140.492583°E / 37.441000; 140.492583Coordinates: 37°26′27.6″N 140°29′33.3″E / 37.441000°N 140.492583°E / 37.441000; 140.492583
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
District Tamura District
Area
 • Total 72.76 km2 (28.09 sq mi)
Population (March 1 2018)
 • Total 17,870
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Weeping Cherry blossom
- Flower Rhododendron
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0247-62-2111
Address Omachi 1-2, Miharu Town, Tamura District, Fukushima Prefecture 963-7796
Website Official website

Miharu (三春町, Miharu-machi) is a town located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2018, the town had an estimated population of 17,870 in 6283 households,[1] and a population density of 250 persons per km². The total area of the town was 72.76 square kilometres (28.09 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Miharu is located in Tamura District in north-central Fukushima prefecture. The town is located in an hilly region of the Abukuma Mountains, with peaks of 300-500 meters. Miharu has a humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Miharu is 11.3 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1282 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.3 °C.[2]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Miharu has remained stable over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 19,898
1980 19,047
1990 19,205
2000 19,976
2010 18,191

History[edit]

The area of present-day Miharu was part of ancient Mutsu Province. During the Edo period, the area was the castle town of Miharu Domain, a 50,000 koku han ruled by the Akita clan from 1645 until the Meiji Restoration. It was subsequently organized as part of Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province.

Miharu town was established with the formation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1955, Miharu annexed the neighboring villages of Ogisawa, Nakazuma, Nakago, Sawaishi and Kurita, all from Tamura District.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Miharu is primarily agricultural, with some chemical and light manufacturing.

Education[edit]

Miharu has six public elementary schools and one public junior high school operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Fukushima Board of Education.

  • Fukushima Prefectural Tamura High School

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

International relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

The Takizakura tree at night
  • Takizakura Park - The name "Miharu" in Japanese means three springs. In most parts of Japan, plum, peach, and cherry trees blossom at different times, but in Miharu, they blossom almost simultaneously. Miharu is home of the Takizakura, or "waterfall cherry tree", is over 1,000 years old and brings tourists from all over Japan to see it in the springtime. It is registered as a living national treasure by the Japanese government.
  • Site of Miharu Castle
  • Miharu-goma

References[edit]

  1. ^ home page official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Miharu climate data
  3. ^ Miharu population statistics
  4. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Miharu, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons