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Kazuno (鹿角市, Kazuno-shi) is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2017, the city had an estimated population of 31,887, and a population density of 45 persons per km² in 13,132 households.[1] The total area is 707.52 square kilometres (273.17 square miles).

Kazuno

鹿角市
Kazuno City Hall
Kazuno City Hall
Flag of Kazuno
Flag
Official seal of Kazuno
Seal
Location of Kazuno in Akita Prefecture
Location of Kazuno in Akita Prefecture
Kazuno is located in Japan
Kazuno
Kazuno
 
Coordinates: 40°12′56.8″N 140°47′18.16″E / 40.215778°N 140.7883778°E / 40.215778; 140.7883778Coordinates: 40°12′56.8″N 140°47′18.16″E / 40.215778°N 140.7883778°E / 40.215778; 140.7883778
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureAkita Prefecture
Government
 • -MayorHajime Kodama (since July 2005)
Area
 • Total707.52 km2 (273.17 sq mi)
Population
 (April 1, 2017)
 • Total31,887
 • Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeRowan
- FlowerSakura
- BirdRooster
Phone number0186-30-1111
Address4-1 Arata, Hanawa, Kazuno-shi, Akita-ken 018-5292
Websitehttp://www.city.kazuno.akita.jp/
Hachimantai Ōnuma in Kazuno

GeographyEdit

Kazuno is located in a valley in the mountains of far northeastern Akita Prefecture, with the Ōu Mountains and Iwate Prefecture on the east. Much of the city is within the borders of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Much of the city area is covered in forest. Due to its inland location, the city is noted for its heavy snowfall in winter. It is also known for the wild deer.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Kazuno has declined over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 50,346
1980 45,615
1990 42,407
2000 39,144
2010 34,473

ClimateEdit

Kazuno has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters with heavy snowfalls. The average annual temperature in Kazuno is 8.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1464 mm with July as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around -3.3 °C.[3]

Climate data for Kazuno, Akita[4](1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.6
(33.1)
1.7
(35.1)
5.6
(42.1)
13.9
(57.0)
19.6
(67.3)
23.7
(74.7)
26.6
(79.9)
28.4
(83.1)
23.7
(74.7)
17.3
(63.1)
10.0
(50.0)
3.5
(38.3)
14.5
(58.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.0
(26.6)
−2.4
(27.7)
0.9
(33.6)
7.6
(45.7)
13.4
(56.1)
18.1
(64.6)
21.5
(70.7)
22.9
(73.2)
18.0
(64.4)
11.1
(52.0)
4.9
(40.8)
−0.2
(31.6)
9.4
(48.9)
Average low °C (°F) −7.3
(18.9)
−6.9
(19.6)
−3.8
(25.2)
1.7
(35.1)
7.6
(45.7)
13.1
(55.6)
17.3
(63.1)
18.5
(65.3)
13.2
(55.8)
5.9
(42.6)
0.4
(32.7)
−3.9
(25.0)
4.7
(40.5)
Record low °C (°F) −22.4
(−8.3)
−19.6
(−3.3)
−16.8
(1.8)
−9.9
(14.2)
−1.8
(28.8)
3.2
(37.8)
8.1
(46.6)
8.6
(47.5)
1.4
(34.5)
−2.3
(27.9)
−11.4
(11.5)
−16.6
(2.1)
−22.4
(−8.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 57.6
(2.27)
76.4
(3.01)
119.8
(4.72)
155.8
(6.13)
182.1
(7.17)
169.3
(6.67)
154.2
(6.07)
174.4
(6.87)
133.4
(5.25)
124.9
(4.92)
79.0
(3.11)
52.4
(2.06)
1,477.8
(58.18)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 205
(81)
166
(65)
110
(43)
2
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
14
(5.5)
129
(51)
621
(244)
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[5]

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Kazuno was settled in prehistoric times, and contains major Jōmon period archaeological sites and numerous burial mounds from the Kofun period. The area was part of ancient Mutsu Province and was ruled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain during the Edo period. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became briefly part of Rikuchū Province before being transferred to Akita Prefecture in 1871. It was organized as part of Kazuno District, Akita Prefecture in 1878.

The modern city of Kazuno was founded on April 1, 1972.

GovernmentEdit

Kazuno has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 18 members.

EconomyEdit

The economy of Kazuno is based on agriculture, forestry and seasonal tourism.

EducationEdit

Kazuno has nine public elementary schools and five public middle schools operated by the city government and two public high schools operated by the Akita Prefectural Board of Education. Akita Prefecture also operates one special education school.

TransportationEdit

Local attractionsEdit

International relationsEdit

Kazuno is twinned with:

Noted people from KazunoEdit

MediaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kazuno city official home page(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Kazuno population statistics
  3. ^ Kazunoclimate data
  4. ^ 鹿角観測地点は1991年7月18日までは毛馬内観測地点のデータ
  5. ^ "鹿角 1981-2010年". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  6. ^ "Dainichido Bugaku". UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. UNESCO. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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