Miharu Town Hall
Location of Miharu in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Total||72.76 km2 (28.09 sq mi)|
|Population (March 1 2018)|
|• Density||250/km2 (640/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Weeping Cherry blossom|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||Omachi 1－2, Miharu Town, Tamura District, Fukushima Prefecture 963-7796|
Miharu (三春町 Miharu-machi) is a town located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2018[update], the town had an estimated population of 17,870 in 6283 households, and a population density of 250 persons per km². The total area of the town was 72.76 square kilometres (28.09 sq mi).
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.
- Lakes: Miharu Dam
Per Japanese census data, the population of Miharu has remained stable over the past 40 years.
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.
The economy of Miharu is primarily agricultural, with some chemical and light manufacturing.
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
- 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
Media related to Miharu, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese)