Nishiaizu, Fukushima

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Nishiaizu Town Hall
Nishiaizu Town Hall
Flag of Nishiaizu
Official seal of Nishiaizu
Location of Nishiaizu in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Nishiaizu in Fukushima Prefecture
Nishiaizu is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°35′20″N 139°38′51″E / 37.58889°N 139.64750°E / 37.58889; 139.64750Coordinates: 37°35′20″N 139°38′51″E / 37.58889°N 139.64750°E / 37.58889; 139.64750
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
District Yama District
 • Total 298.13 km2 (115.11 sq mi)
Population (September 2014)
 • Total 6,695
 • Density 22.5/km2 (58/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Paulownia tomentosa
- Flower Lilium
Phone number 0241-45-2211 
Address 3261 Otsu Nozawa Shimokoyaue Nishiaizu-machi, Yama-gun, Fukushima-ken 969-4495
Website Official HP

Nishiaizu (西会津町?, Nishiaizu-machi) is a town located in Yama District, Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. As of September 2014, the town had an estimated population of 6,695 and a population density of 22.5 persons per km². Approximately 66% of the population is over the age of 65.[1] The total area was 298.13 km². About 86 percent of the total area is composed of mountains and forests.[2]


Nishiaizu is located at the far northwestern corner of the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, bordered Niigata Prefecture to the north and the west. The climate is like many other parts of northern Japan, with cold winters and snowfall averaging 2 meters. It is known as the "front door" to the Iide Mountains.

  • Mountains : Mount Mikunidake (1644 m)
  • Rivers : Agano River

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Nishiaizu was part of ancient Mutsu Province and formed part of the holdings of Aizu Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Yama District.

Modern Nishiaizu was founded on July 1, 1954 through a merger of the villages of Shingo and Okugawa with the town of Nozawa and villages of Onomoto, Tosejima, Mutsuai, Shitatani, Muraoka, Kaminojiri and Hosaka in Kawanuma District. In 2006, Nishiaizu residents decided to decline a merger with the city of Kitakata.



  • Nishiaizu Elementary School
  • Nishiaizu High School.[3]




Local attractions[edit]

  • Enmanji Kannon-dō, the temple building is the one designated Important Cultural Property in Nishiaizu.[4]
  • Torioi-Kannon Nyohōji - the gate and four wooden statues are Fukushima Prefectural Important Cultural Properties. The temple houses one of the Aizu region's three important statues of Kannon.[5]


  1. ^ Fukushima Prefectural Demographics, accessed February 13, 2009 [Japanese].
  2. ^ Nishiaizu official website, accessed February 5, 2009 [Japanese].
  3. ^ [1], Nishiaizu official website.
  4. ^ Japan National Cultural Properties database, accessed February 5, 2009. [Japanese]
  5. ^ [2] Torioi-Kannon Nyohōji official website, accessed February 13, 2009. [Japanese]

External links[edit]

Media related to Nishiaizu, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons