Komatsu (小松市, Komatsu-shi) is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2018[update], the city had an estimated population of 108,509 in 42664 households, and a population density of 290 persons per km². The total area of the city was 371.05 square kilometres (143.26 sq mi).
Top: Komatsu Airport
Ataka Barrier, Nata-dera
Komatsu Castle, Dainichi River
Location of Komatsu in Ishikawa Prefecture
|• - Mayor||Shinji Wada|
|• Total||371.05 km2 (143.26 sq mi)|
(March 1, 2018)
|• Density||290/km2 (760/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||91 Konmademachi, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa-ken 923-8650|
Komatsu is located in southwestern Ishikawa Prefecture in the Hokuriku region of Japan and is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the east and Fukui Prefecture to the south. It is located about an hour driving distance southwest from Kanazawa (the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture).
Per Japanese census data, the population of Komatsu has increased over the past 40 years.
Komatsu has a humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Komatsu is 14.3 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2521 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around 2.9 °C.
The area around Komatsu was part of ancient Kaga Province. The area became part Kaga Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. Komatsu housed the retirement castle of Maeda Toshitsune. While nearly all of the castle was demolished, its garden still remains as Rojou Park (芦城公園). In the spring, this is one of the prefecture's best spots for cherry blossom viewing. Following the Meiji restoration, the area was organised into Nomi District, Ishikawa. The town of Komatsu was established with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Komatsu merged with surrounding municipalities to become a city on December 1, 1940.
Komatsu was traditionally known for the production of Kutani ware ceramics and for silk. Komatsu Limited, the Japanese multinational construction and mining equipment corporation, was founded in Komatsu in 1921.
Komatsu has 26 public elementary schools and ten middle schools operated by the city government, and five public high schools operated by the Ishikawa Prefectural Board of Education and one by the city government. There is also one private high school. Komatsu College, a private junior college is also located in Komatsu.
Sister city relationsEdit
- - Suzano, São Paulo, Brazil, since July 11, 1972
- - Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium, since May 15, 1974
- - Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK, since August 2, 1991
- - Jining, Shandong, China since September 5, 2008
- - Guilin, Guangxi, China, friendship city
- - Changnyeong County, South Gyeongsang, South Korea, friendship city
- - Angarsk, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, friendship city, since November 13, 2017
- - Changhua, Taiwan, friendship city, since October 10, 2017
- Site of the Komatsu Castle (小松城)
- Nata-dera Buddhist temple complex
- Yunokuni-no-mori traditional handicrafts village
- Hoshi Ryokan (claimed to be world's second oldest hotel)
- Motorcar Museum of Japan, the largest museum dedicated to motor vehicles in Japan with a 12,000 square metre display area
- Awazu Onsen, a hot spring resort
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- Official website (in Japanese)