Samegawa, Fukushima

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Samegawa Village Hall
Samegawa Village Hall
Flag of Samegawa
Location of Samegawa in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Samegawa in Fukushima Prefecture
Samegawa is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°02′32.6″N 140°30′34.65″E / 37.042389°N 140.5096250°E / 37.042389; 140.5096250Coordinates: 37°02′32.6″N 140°30′34.65″E / 37.042389°N 140.5096250°E / 37.042389; 140.5096250
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima
District Higashishirakawa
 • Total 131.34 km2 (50.71 sq mi)
Population (May 2018)
 • Total 3,450
 • Density 26/km2 (68/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols  
• Tree White birch
• Flower Lilium auratum
• Bird Green pheasant
• Insect Sasakia charonda
Phone number 0247-49-3111
Address 39-5 Akasaka Nakano Shinjuku, Tanagura, Samegawa-mura, Higashishirakawa-gun, Fukushima-ken 963-8401
Website Official website

Samegawa (鮫川村, Samegawa-mura) is a village located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 May 2018, the village had an estimated population of 3,450 in 1107 households,[1] and a population density of 26 persons per km2. The total area of the village was 131.34 square kilometres (50.7 sq mi).


Samegawa is located in the southernmost portion of Fukushima prefecture, bordering on Ibaraki Prefecture to the southeast. The area of the village is hilly with an altitude of between 400 and 600 meters, and over fifty percent covered in forest. Samegawa has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Samegawa is 10.5 °C (50.9 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,500 mm (59 in) with September as the wettest month.[2]

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Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Samegawa has been declining since 1970.

Census year Population
1970 6,404
1980 5,537
1990 5,219
2000 4,602
2010 3,989


The area of present-day Samegawa was part of ancient Mutsu Province. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Higashishirakawa in the Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province. Samegawa village was formed on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the modern municipalities system.


Samegawa has two public elementary schools and one public junior high school operated by the village government, and one public high school operated by the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education.

  • Fukushima Prefectural Shumei Commercial High School
  • Samegawa Junior High School



  • Samegawa is not served by any passenger train stations.


External links[edit]

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