Nanatsu Mori Forest, Omatsuzawa, Sasakurayama, Miyatoko Dam, Minamikawa Dam
Location of Taiwa in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||225.49 km2 (87.06 sq mi)|
|Population (May 31, 2017)|
|• Density||127/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||1-1 Yoshioka Nishi-Enoki, Taiwa-chō, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-3680|
Taiwa (大和町 Taiwa-chō) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 May 2017[update], the town had an estimated population of 28,716, and a population density of 127 persons per km² in 11,589 households. The total area of the town is 225.49 square kilometres (87.06 sq mi).
Taiwa is located in central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered to the south by the metropolis of Sendai. Much of the area of the town is forested. The town has a climate characterized by cool summers and long cold winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Taiwa is 11.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1292 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.3 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Taiwa has expanded rapidly over the past 20 years.
The area of present-day Taiwa was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. Numerous kofun were built in the area during the Kofun period. During later portion of the Heian period, the area was ruled by the Northern Fujiwara. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate. Yoshioka-juku developed as a major post station on the Ōshū Kaidō during this time.
Taiwa contains a number of industrial parks, and has a strong manufacturing base.
- Miyagi University
- Taiwa has six public elementary schools and two public high schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education.
Taiwa is not currently served by any passenger railway lines.
Media related to Taiwa, Miyagi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)