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Ōtama (大玉村, Ōtama-mura) is a village located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2018, the village had an estimated population of 8,670, and a population density of 110 persons per km2 in 2100 households.[1] The total area of the village was 79.44 square kilometres (30.67 sq mi). In 2016, Ōtama was selected as one of The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan.[2]

Ōtama

大玉村
Ōtama Village Hall
Ōtama Village Hall
Flag of Ōtama
Flag
Official seal of Ōtama
Seal
Location of Ōtama in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Ōtama in Fukushima Prefecture
Ōtama is located in Japan
Ōtama
Ōtama
 
Coordinates: 37°32′04″N 140°22′16″E / 37.53444°N 140.37111°E / 37.53444; 140.37111Coordinates: 37°32′04″N 140°22′16″E / 37.53444°N 140.37111°E / 37.53444; 140.37111
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureFukushima
DistrictAdachi
Area
 • Total79.44 km2 (30.67 sq mi)
Population
 (March 2018)
 • Total8,670
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
• TreePinus densiflora
• FlowerSakura
• BirdGreen pheasant
Phone number0243-48-3131
AddressTamai Hoshinai 70 Ōtama-mura, Adachi-gun, Fukushima-ken 969-1392
WebsiteOfficial website

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GeographyEdit

Ōtama is located in north-central Fukushima prefecture, sandwiched between the cities of Kōriyama and Nihonmatsu. Ōtama has a humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Ōtama is 10.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1288 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around -1.2 °C.[3]

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[4] the population of Ōtama has increased over the past 20 years.

Census Year Population
1970 7,788
1980 7,837
1990 8,163
2000 8,407
2010 8,574

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Ōtama was part of ancient Mutsu Province and the area has many burial mounds from the Kofun period. The area formed part of the holdings of Nihonmatsu Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province, administratively within Adachi District.

Ōtama Village was formed on March 31, 1955 with the merger of the villages of Oyama and Tamanoi, both in Adachi District.

EconomyEdit

The economy of Ōtama is primarily agricultural.

EducationEdit

Ōtama has two public elementary schools and one public junior high school operated by the village government. The village does not have a high school.

  • Ōtama Middle School
  • Ōtama Oyama Elementary School
  • Ōtama Tamanoi Elementary School

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  • The Tohoku Main Line passes through the village, but is not served by any passenger train stations.

HighwayEdit

International relationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ >"Ōtama Village Population & Households" (in Japanese). Official Ōtama village statistics. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ > お知らせ > 新たに4つの町村・地域の正式加盟が承認されました
  3. ^ Ōtama climate data
  4. ^ Ōtama population statistics

External linksEdit

  Media related to Otama, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons