Nakadori Island

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Coordinates: 32°59′N 129°05′E / 32.983°N 129.083°E / 32.983; 129.083

Nakadōri Island
中通島
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Location of Nakadōri Island (Nakadōri-jima) in the Gotō Islands
Nakadōri Island is located in Japan
Nakadōri Island
Nakadōri Island
Geography
Location East China Sea
Archipelago Gotō Islands
Administration
Japan
Prefecture Nagasaki

Nakadōri Island[1] (中通島, Nakadōri-jima) is an island in the Gotō Islands, Japanese islands in the East China Sea, off the western coast of Kyūshū. The islands are a part of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan.

Geography[edit]

The island is roughly the same shape as a left hand held with the thumb and index finger extended. Thus, it is relatively long, narrow, and very mountainous. The roads are quite narrow and very curvy.

History[edit]

The island has been subject to two distinct periods of prosperity. These were the era of active trade with China until the 13th century and a more recent whaling boom that lasted until about fifty years ago[citation needed]. Both of these periods made this small rural area quite famous throughout Japan. The island has many interesting artifacts from both of these periods.

In August 2004, the five towns: Kamigotō, Shin-Uonome, Arikawa, Narao, Wakamatsu merged into a new town, appropriately named Shin-Kamigotō (shin means "new").

See also[edit]

  • Shin-Kamigotō, Nagasaki - Information on the municipality that has been created through the merger of all of Nakadōri-jima's formerly independent towns.
  • Gotō Islands - Information on the island chain to which Nakadōri-jima belongs.

Sources[edit]

  • Mitchell, Thomas (September 1, 1992). Navigating Nagasaki. Nagasaki International Association. 

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