Location of Ōkuchi in Kagoshima Prefecture
|Merged||November 1, 2008
(now part of Isa)
|• Total||291.88 km2 (112.70 sq mi)|
|• Total||21,643 (estimated)|
|• Density||78.02/km2 (202.1/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
Ōkuchi was the northernmost city on the mainland part of Kagoshima Prefecture. Only the island portion of Nagashima extends further north. Ōkuchi is a mountainous area that borders on Kumamoto Prefecture and Miyazaki Prefecture. Part of the southern border of the city is the Sendai River and the artificial lake formed from the Tsuruta dam. It is the only city in Kagoshima Prefecture that is not bordered by the sea.
At one time, Ōkuchi was a prosperous city but has declined for several reasons in recent years. First, there has been a decline in forestry and agriculture in the area, but the aging Japanese population and the flight to larger cities have also been significant factors. For these reasons two Japanese National Railways railway lines that served Ōkuchi were discontinued in the 1987 and 1988. They were the Yamano line that went from Minamata to Kurino and the Miyajo line that went from Sendai to Ōkuchi.
- National Highway 267
- National Highway 268
- National Highway 447
- Kyushu Expressway Hitoyoshi Interchange is 30 km northeast and Kurino Interchange is 20 km southeast of Ōkuchi
- Nangoku Kotsu Bus
Ōkuchi has two sister cities:
- Isa official website (in Japanese)