Yoron, Kagoshima

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Yoron

与論町
Yoron Port
Yoron Port
Flag of Yoron
Flag
Official seal of Yoron
Seal
Location of Yoron in Kagoshima Prefecture
Location of Yoron in Kagoshima Prefecture
Yoron is located in Japan
Yoron
Yoron
 
Coordinates: 27°2′34″N 128°25′40″E / 27.04278°N 128.42778°E / 27.04278; 128.42778Coordinates: 27°2′34″N 128°25′40″E / 27.04278°N 128.42778°E / 27.04278; 128.42778
CountryJapan
RegionKyushu (Amami Islands)
PrefectureKagoshima Prefecture
DistrictŌshima
Government
 • -MayorSeigo Minami
Area
 • Total20.49 km2 (7.91 sq mi)
Population
 (June 1, 2013)
 • Total5,263
 • Density257/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeBanyan and Kuroki (Symplocos)
-FlowerHibiscus
Phone number0997-97-3111
Address32-1 Chabana, Yoron-chō, Ōshima-gun, Kagoshima-ken 891-9301
Websitewww.yoron.jp

Yoron (与論町, Yoron-chō) is a town located on Yoronjima, in Ōshima District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 2013, the town has an estimated population of 5,263 and a population density of 257 persons per km². The total area is 20.49  km². Much of the island is within the boundaries of the Amami Guntō Quasi-National Park.

Geography[edit]

Yoron occupies the entire island of Yoronjima, in the Amami archipelago of the Satsunan Islands, and administratively borders Okinawa Prefecture.

Climate[edit]

The climate is classified as humid subtropical (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with very warm summers and mild winters. Precipitation is high throughout the year, but is highest in the months of May, June and September. The area is subject to frequent typhoons.

History[edit]

On April 1, 1908, Yoronshima was administratively divided into six villages. From February 28, 1946 until December 25, 1953, Yoronshima, along with the other Amami Islands, was administered by the United States. The six villages were merged to form the town of Yoron on January 1, 1963. Proposals to merge Yoronshima with China and Wadomari on the neighboring island of Okinoerabujima in 2003 were overwhelmingly rejected by voters on both islands.

Transportation[edit]

Yoron Airport (IATA: RNJ; ICAO: RORY) serves travellers to and from the island. Japan Air Commuter flies to Kagoshima and Okinoerabu Airports, and Ryukyu Air Commuter provides service to Naha Airport.

There is a regular ferry service from Yoron Port to Kagoshima, Kobe, Okinawa, and the surrounding Amami Islands.

Sister city relations[edit]

External links[edit]

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