Minamichita, Aichi

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Minamichita

南知多町
Minamichita Town Hall
Minamichita Town Hall
Flag of Minamichita
Flag
Official seal of Minamichita
Seal
Location of Minamichita in Aichi Prefecture
Location of Minamichita in Aichi Prefecture
Minamichita is located in Japan
Minamichita
Minamichita
 
Coordinates: 34°42′54.5″N 136°55′47.4″E / 34.715139°N 136.929833°E / 34.715139; 136.929833Coordinates: 34°42′54.5″N 136°55′47.4″E / 34.715139°N 136.929833°E / 34.715139; 136.929833
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu region
Tōkai region
PrefectureAichi
DistrictChita
Area
 • Total38.37 km2 (14.81 sq mi)
Population
 (September 2019)
 • Total17,802
 • Density460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeQuercus phillyraeoides (species of Oak)
- FlowerNarcissus
Phone number0569-65-0711
AddressToyohama, Minamichita-chō, Chita-gun, Aichi-ken 470-3495
WebsiteOfficial website

Minamichita (南知多町, Minamichita-chō) is a town in Chita District, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 September 2019, the town had an estimated population of 17,802 in 7338 households[1], and a population density of 460 persons per km². The total area of the town was 38.37 square kilometres (14.81 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

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.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Minamichita had been declining steadily over the past 70 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1940 22,741—    
1950 30,379+33.6%
1960 28,972−4.6%
1970 27,705−4.4%
1980 27,017−2.5%
1990 25,954−3.9%
2000 23,250−10.4%
2010 20,550−11.6%

Climate[edit]

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.[3]

Climate data for Minamichita
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.1
(39.4)
6.6
(43.9)
7.4
(45.3)
13.0
(55.4)
18.3
(64.9)
22.9
(73.2)
26.6
(79.9)
27.6
(81.7)
24.7
(76.5)
18.7
(65.7)
14.4
(57.9)
7.8
(46.0)
16.0
(60.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 38
(1.5)
81
(3.2)
103
(4.1)
124
(4.9)
184
(7.2)
179
(7.0)
191
(7.5)
84
(3.3)
177
(7.0)
169
(6.7)
70
(2.8)
70
(2.8)
1,469
(57.8)
Source: Nagoya Regional Meteorological Agency

History[edit]

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.[4]

Economy[edit]

Primary industry dominates the economy of Minamichita, notably commercial fishing and agriculture. Secondary industries include food processing, and seasonal tourism to beach resorts.

Education[edit]

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.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Meitetsu logomark 2.svg MeitetsuChita New Line

Highways[edit]

Seaports[edit]

  • Morogizaki Port

Local attractions[edit]

  • Minamichita Onsen - hot spring resort
  • Himakajima - island in Mikawa Bay
  • Shinojima - island in Mikawa Bay

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minamichita Town official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Minamichita population statistics
  3. ^ Minamichita climate data
  4. ^ "美浜町の概要". Mihama official home page (in Japanese). Retrieved 28 December 2015.

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