Hirata (平田村, Hirata-mura) is a village located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 21 March 2018, the village had an estimated population of 6,150 in 2012 households,[1] and a population density of 66 persons per km². The total area of the village was 93.42 square kilometres (36.1 sq mi).

Hirata

平田村
Hirata Village Hall
Hirata Village Hall
Flag of Hirata
Flag
Official seal of Hirata
Seal
Location of Hirata in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Hirata in Fukushima Prefecture
Hirata is located in Japan
Hirata
Hirata
 
Coordinates: 37°13′19.4″N 140°34′32.9″E / 37.222056°N 140.575806°E / 37.222056; 140.575806Coordinates: 37°13′19.4″N 140°34′32.9″E / 37.222056°N 140.575806°E / 37.222056; 140.575806
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureFukushima
DistrictIshikawa
Area
 • Total93.42 km2 (36.07 sq mi)
Population
 (March 31 2018)
 • Total6,150
 • Density66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePinus densiflora
- FlowerDandelion
- BirdOriental turtle dove
Phone number0247-55-3111
Address34 Nagata Hiromachi, Hirata-mura, Ishikawa-gun, Fukushima-ken 963-8292
WebsiteOfficial website
Central Hirata

GeographyEdit

Hirata is located in southeast Fukushima prefecture, approximately halfway between the cities of Iwaki and Kōriyama. The landscape consists of rolling hills with an altitude of between 500 and 700 meters. Hirata has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Hirata is 10.6 °C (51.1 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,412 mm (55.6 in) with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.0 °C (73.4 °F), and lowest in January, at around −0.6 °C (30.9 °F).[2]

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

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

Census year Population
1970 9,359
1980 8,804
1990 8,523
2000 7,910
2010 6,921

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Hirata was part of ancient Mutsu Province. During the Edo period it was mostly the territory of Tsuchiura Domain. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Ishikawa District within the Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province. The villages of Odaira and Yomogida were created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. The two villages merged on March 31, 1955 to form the village of Hirata.

EconomyEdit

The economy of Hirata is primarily based on agriculture.

EducationEdit

Hiram 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 Department of Education.

  • Fukushima Prefectural Ono Higher Hirata High School
  • Hirata Yomogida High School
  • Hirata Odaira Middle School
  • Hirata Yomogida School
  • Hirata Odaira Elementary School

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  • Hirata is not served by any passenger train stations.

HighwayEdit

Local attractionsEdit

  • Site of Yomogida Castle
  • Shibazakura Matsuri
  • Komagata Jangara Nembutsu Folk Dance

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hirata, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons

ReferencesEdit