Location of Yoron in Kagoshima Prefecture
|Region||Kyushu (Amami Islands)|
|• -Mayor||Seigo Minami|
|• Total||20.49 km2 (7.91 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2013)
|• Density||257/km2 (670/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Banyan and Kuroki (Symplocos)|
|Address||32-1 Chabana, Yoron-chō, Ōshima-gun, Kagoshima-ken 891-9301|
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.
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.
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.
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
Media related to Yoron, Kagoshima at Wikimedia Commons