Karumai (軽米町, Karumai-machi) is a town located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2019[update], the town had an estimated population of 8,577, and a population density of 34,9 persons per km². The total area of the town is 245.82 square kilometres (94.91 sq mi).
Karumai Town Hall
Location of Karumai in Iwate Prefecture
|• Total||245.82 km2 (94.91 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2019)
|• Density||35/km2 (90/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Bird||Copper pheasant|
|Address||Karumai dai-10 jiwari 85, Karumai-machi, Kunohe-gun, Iwate 028-6302|
Karumai is located in far northcentral Iwate Prefecture, bordered by Aomori Prefecture to the north.
Karumai has a humid oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Karumai is 9.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1209 mm with September as the wettest month and February as the driest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.4 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Karumai has steadily declined over the past 40 years.
The area of present-day Karumai was part of ancient Mutsu Province, dominated by the Nambu clan from the Muromachi period, and part of Hachinohe Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. During the early Meiji period, the village of Karumai within Kita-Kunohe District was created on April 1, 1889, with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. Kita-Kunohe District and Minami-Kunohe Districts merged to form Kunohe District on April 1, 1897. The village was raised to town status on January 1, 1925. The neighboring villages of Kogarumai and Hareyama were merged with Karumai on January 1, 1955.
Karumai has three public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Iwate Prefectural Board of Education.
- Karumai is not served by any passenger train routes.
Noted people from KarumaiEdit
- Haruichi Furudate, manga artist
Media related to Karumai, Iwate at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)