Katsuyama (勝山町, Katsuyama-chō) was a town located in Maniwa District, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

Former municipality
Former Katsuyama town hall
Former Katsuyama town hall
Katsuyama is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°5′15.4″N 133°41′28.8″E / 35.087611°N 133.691333°E / 35.087611; 133.691333
PrefectureOkayama Prefecture
MergedMarch 31, 2005
(now part of Maniwa)
 • Total138.79 km2 (53.59 sq mi)
 • Total9,027
 • Density65.04/km2 (168.5/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
FlowerOsmanthus fragrans
TreeChamaecyparis obtusa

As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 9,027 and a density of 65.04 persons per km2. The total area was 138.79 km2.

On March 31, 2005, Katsuyama, along with the town of Hokubō (from Jōbō District), and towns of Kuse, Ochiai and Yubara, and the villages of Chūka, Kawakami, Mikamo and Yatsuka (all from Maniwa District) were merged to create the city of Maniwa.[1][2]

To coincide with the 2005 merger, Katsuyama residents were given a book commemorating the last 50 years of Katsuyama's existence as a town and a special purple cloth with the town logo imprinted on it.

Local to Katsuyama is the Kanba waterfall (神庭の滝, Kanba no taki), the only Okayama waterfall on the list of Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls and home to Japanese macaque monkeys.

Recently, Katsuyama has also become known for its noren adorning the shops and houses along a 1 km stretch of the Katsuyama Historical Preservation District, wherein the Edo Period landscape of the town remains. The noren are all made by one craftswoman, Yoko Kano, who has her own workshop along the street.

Traditional Products edit

Katsuyama is famous for its bamboo basketry, originating from the town's Tsukida district,[3] and four types of baskets produced there are designated as "Traditional Japanese Crafts".[4]

Also famous is Gozenshu sake made by Katsuyama's Tsuji Honten brewery which has been in the town since the early 1800s,[5] having relocated from nearby Ochiai.

Geography edit

Rivers: Asahi River (The big-3 river through Okayama Prefecture).

Adjoining municipalities in Okayama Prefecture: Kuse, Ochiai, Yubara, Mikamo, Hokubō, and Ōsa.

Education edit

  • Katsuyama Elementary School
  • Tsukida Elementary School
  • Tomihara Elementary School
  • Katsuyama Junior High School
  • Okayama Prefectural Katsuyama High School

Transportation edit

Railways edit

Road edit

  • National highways:
  • Prefectural roads:
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 32 (Niimi-Katsuyama)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 84 (Katsuyama-Kurihara)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 201 (Kanba waterfall)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 311 (Akuchi-Kami)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 320 (Wakashiro-Hōkoku Station)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 321 (Kōjiro-Katsuyama)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 390 (Komi-Tsukida Station)
    • Okayama Prefectural Route 459 (Wakashiro-Kōjiro)

Notable places and events edit

References edit

  1. ^ "真庭市の概要 - 真庭市公式ホームページ". Maniwa City. Retrieved February 7, 2024. 真庭市は、平成17年3月31日に当時の真庭郡勝山町、落合町、湯原町、久世町、美甘村、川上村、八束村、中和村及び上房郡北房町の9町村が合併して誕生しました。
  2. ^ 住民基本台帳人口移動報告年報 [Annual Report on Population Movement in the Basic Resident Register] (in Japanese). 総務庁統計局. 2005. p. 147. Hokubo-cho, Katsuyama-cho, Ochiai-cho, Yubara-cho, Kuse-cho, Mikamo-son, Kawakami-son, Yatsuka-son and Chuka-son were incorporated into a newly established Maniwa-shi as of March 31, 2005.
  3. ^ "日本吉 - NIPPON-KICHI". nippon-kichi.jp.
  4. ^ "Katsuyama Bamboo Basketry". Kougei.or.jp. Archived from the original on February 11, 2002.
  5. ^ "Tsuji honten Co Itd". Sakeinformatiecentrum.nl. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.

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