Kazamaura (風間浦村, Kazamaura-mura) is a village located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2017, the village had an estimated population of 2,002, and a population density of 28 persons per km2 in 942 households.[1]. The total area of the village is 69.55 square kilometres (26.85 sq mi).[2]

Kazamaura

風間浦村
Shimoburo onsen in Kazamaura
Shimoburo onsen in Kazamaura
Flag of Kazamaura
Flag
Official seal of Kazamaura
Seal
Location of Kazamaura in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Kazamaura in Aomori Prefecture
Kazamaura is located in Japan
Kazamaura
Kazamaura
 
Coordinates: 41°29′15″N 140°59′55″E / 41.48750°N 140.99861°E / 41.48750; 140.99861Coordinates: 41°29′15″N 140°59′55″E / 41.48750°N 140.99861°E / 41.48750; 140.99861
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureAomori Prefecture
DistrictShimokita
Area
 • Total69.55 km2 (26.85 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2017)
 • Total2,002
 • Density28/km2 (70/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
- TreeHiba
- FlowerRosa rugosa
- BirdCommon gull
Phone number0175-35-2111
Address28-5 Aza-Ōkawame, Ōaza Ikokuma, Kazamaura-mura, Aomori-ken 039-4502
Websitewww.kazamaura.jp
Kazamaura Village Hall

GeographyEdit

The northernmost village on Honshū island, Kazamaura is on the northwestern shore of Shimokita Peninsula. It is separated from the island of Hokkaidō by the Tsugaru Strait. Most of the village is part of the Osoreyama Mountain Range, resulting in little flat land. The Ikokuma River flows through the village. Approximately 96% of the total area of the village is covered by forests.[3] The village has a cold oceanic climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall and strong winds. (Köppen climate classification Cfb). The average annual temperature in Kazamaura is 8.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1259 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 21.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.9 °C.[4]

Much of the village is within the borders of the Shimokita Hantō Quasi-National Park.

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[5] the population of Kazamaura has declined over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 4,243
1980 3,917
1990 3,295
2000 2,793
2010 2,465

HistoryEdit

Kazamaura was founded with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889 through the merger of the three hamlets of Shimofuro (下風呂村), Ikokuma (易国間), and Hebiurakani (蛇浦簡易), with the new village taking one kanji from the names of its components to form "Kazamaura".

EconomyEdit

The economy of Kazamaura is heavily dependent on forestry and commercial fishing (particularly for squid, sea urchin and konbu).

EducationEdit

Kazamaura has three public elementary schools, and one public middle school operate day the village government. The village does not have a high school.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  • The village has no passenger railway service.

HighwayEdit

Local attractionsEdit

  • Shimofuro Onsen - A sulphur hot spring resort known for its view of the many fishing boat lights that shine on the Tsugaru Strait after sunset.
  • Kuwabata Onsen,- a hot spring resort
  • Isaribi Strait Park
  • Squid Centre - A center for supplying fresh squid
  • Ikokuma River - A mountain river noted for its scenic foliage season and fishing.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kazamaura village official home page(in Japanese)
  2. ^ 詳細データ 青森県風間浦村. 市町村の姿 グラフと統計でみる農林水産業 (in Japanese). Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ Kazamaura Home Page
  4. ^ Kazamaura climate data
  5. ^ Kazamaura population statistics

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kazamaura, Aomori at Wikimedia Commons