|• Total||226.30 km2 (87.37 sq mi)|
|• Density||51.1/km2 (132/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Tree||Pinus parviflora|
|Address||1133 Michishita, Asahi-machi, Shimoniikawa-gun, Toyama-ken 939-0793|
Asahi (朝日町, Asahi-machi) is a town located in Shimoniikawa District, Toyama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2018[update], the town had an estimated population of 11,574 and a population density of 51.1 persons per km2. Its total area was 226.30 square kilometres (87.37 sq mi). The town claims to be the birthplace of beach volleyball.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Asahi has decreased over the past 40 years.
The town has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by hot summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Asahi is 13.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2219 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around 2.5 °C.
The area of present-day Asahi was part of ancient Etchū Province. During the Edo period, the Tomari developed as a post station on the Hokurikudo highway. The area was organised as part of Shimoniikawa District, Toyama after the Meiji restoration. The modern town of Tomari was created with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It merged with six surrounding villages to form the town of Asahi on August 1, 1954.
Asahi has two public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Toyama Prefectural Board of Education.