Minamichita Town Hall
Location of Minamichita in Aichi Prefecture
|• Total||38.37 km2 (14.81 sq mi)|
|• Density||460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Quercus phillyraeoides (species of Oak)|
|Address||Toyohama, Minamichita-chō, Chita-gun, Aichi-ken 470-3495|
Minamichita (南知多町 Minamichita-chō) is a town in Chita District, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 September 2019[update], the town had an estimated population of 17,802 in 7338 households, and a population density of 460 persons per km². The total area of the town was 38.37 square kilometres (14.81 sq mi).
Minamichita is located in the extreme southern tip of Chita Peninsula in southern Aichi Prefecture, including a number of islands in Mikawa Bay. The town is bordered by Mikawa Bay to the east, and Ise Bay to the west. Part of the town’s area are within the borders of the Mikawa Wan Quasi-National Park.
- Aichi Prefecture
Per Japanese census data, the population of Minamichita had been declining steadily over the past 70 years.
The town has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Minamichita is 15.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1770 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around 4.9 °C.
|Climate data for Minamichita|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||4.1
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||38
|Source: Nagoya Regional Meteorological Agency|
The area of Minamichita was part of Owari Province and controlled by Owari Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. It was a major port on the coastal trade route between Edo and Osawa. After the Meiji restoration, it was organized into villages within Chita District, Aichi with the establishment of the modern municipalities system.The town of Minamichita was established on June 1, 1961 through the merger of the towns of Utsumi, Mihama, and Morozaki, and the villages of Shinojima and Himakajima, all within Chita District. During March 2006, discussions were held to merge Minamichita with the town of Mihama to the north to form the new city of “Minamicentrair” after the popular nickname for Chūbu Centrair International Airport, but the merger proposal was strongly opposed by the majority of the inhabitants of Minamichita, and the merger did not take place.
Minamichita has six public elementary schools and five public junior high schools operated by the town government, and one high school operated by the Aichi Prefectural Board of Education.
- Morogizaki Port
- Minamichita Onsen - hot spring resort
- Himakajima - island in Mikawa Bay
- Shinojima - island in Mikawa Bay
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