Minamiawaji

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Minamiawaji (南あわじ市, Minamiawaji-shi, lit. "South Awaji City") is a city in the southern part of Awaji Island in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Minamiawaji
南あわじ市
Minamiawaji City Hall
Minamiawaji City Hall
Flag of Minamiawaji
Official seal of Minamiawaji
Location of Minamiawaji in Hyōgo Prefecture
Minamiawaji in Hyogo Prefecture Ja.svg
Minamiawaji is located in Japan
Minamiawaji
Minamiawaji
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°18′N 134°47′E / 34.300°N 134.783°E / 34.300; 134.783Coordinates: 34°18′N 134°47′E / 34.300°N 134.783°E / 34.300; 134.783
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureHyōgo Prefecture
Area
 • Total229.17 km2 (88.48 sq mi)
Population
 (April 1, 2017)
 • Total45,961
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
ClimateCfa
Websitewww.city.minamiawaji.hyogo.jp

The modern city of Minamiawaji was established on January 11, 2005, from the merger of all four towns of the former Mihara District: Mihara, Midori, Nandan and Seidan. Minamiawaji also includes the small island of Nushima (沼島, Swamp island) off the southeast coast of Awaji Island, which is only accessible by ferry.

As of April 1, 2017, the city had an estimated population of 45,961 and a population density of 200 persons per km². The total area is 229.17 km².

Minamiawaji's soil and climate make it ideal for growing onions. As such, Awaji onions are renowned across Japan as sweet and delicious.

Mihara town in Minamiawaji is home to a puppet museum which houses numerous examples of locally crafted puppets. This art originated in the area.

Minamiawaji is connected to the south with the island of Shikoku by the Ōnaruto Bridge. The area is famous for the Naruto whirlpools, which form when the changing tidal currents are forced through the Naruto Strait. Tourists can view the whirlpools from the bridge or numerous commercial boats.

GeographyEdit

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Minamiawaji (2004−2020 normals, extremes 2004−present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 17.3
(63.1)
20.8
(69.4)
23.3
(73.9)
28.4
(83.1)
30.8
(87.4)
35.4
(95.7)
36.1
(97.0)
37.6
(99.7)
35.2
(95.4)
30.5
(86.9)
24.9
(76.8)
21.7
(71.1)
37.6
(99.7)
Average high °C (°F) 9.9
(49.8)
10.9
(51.6)
14.2
(57.6)
19.0
(66.2)
23.6
(74.5)
26.5
(79.7)
29.9
(85.8)
31.8
(89.2)
28.5
(83.3)
23.4
(74.1)
18.0
(64.4)
12.4
(54.3)
20.7
(69.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.8
(42.4)
6.3
(43.3)
9.1
(48.4)
13.8
(56.8)
18.6
(65.5)
22.3
(72.1)
26.1
(79.0)
27.4
(81.3)
24.0
(75.2)
18.7
(65.7)
13.3
(55.9)
8.3
(46.9)
16.1
(61.0)
Average low °C (°F) 1.7
(35.1)
1.9
(35.4)
4.0
(39.2)
8.4
(47.1)
13.7
(56.7)
18.8
(65.8)
23.3
(73.9)
24.0
(75.2)
20.4
(68.7)
14.6
(58.3)
8.8
(47.8)
4.2
(39.6)
12.0
(53.6)
Record low °C (°F) −4.3
(24.3)
−5.0
(23.0)
−3.3
(26.1)
−0.1
(31.8)
3.8
(38.8)
10.0
(50.0)
18.1
(64.6)
15.9
(60.6)
13.0
(55.4)
5.7
(42.3)
0.8
(33.4)
−2.1
(28.2)
−5.0
(23.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 36.8
(1.45)
58.1
(2.29)
87.5
(3.44)
89.6
(3.53)
114.9
(4.52)
170.9
(6.73)
197.3
(7.77)
143.3
(5.64)
225.2
(8.87)
185.6
(7.31)
73.8
(2.91)
73.9
(2.91)
1,417.4
(55.80)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 4.8 7.3 8.8 8.9 8.3 10.3 10.1 7.2 9.8 8.5 6.0 6.4 96.4
Mean monthly sunshine hours 164.2 154.2 198.5 212.2 222.3 167.8 193.0 246.7 172.1 167.3 152.0 146.5 2,201.6
Source: JMA[1][2]

Bicycle rental schemeEdit

Jointly with Awaji and Sumoto, the city operates a low-cost electric bike rental scheme, designed to attract visitors to stay for more than one day to explore the island.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値). JMA. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  2. ^ 気象庁 / 平年値(年・月ごとの値). JMA. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  3. ^ "Rental bicycles eyed to boost tourism". Yomiuri Shimbun. Japan. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.

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