Asahi, Toyama

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Asahi
朝日町
Asahi Town Hall
Asahi Town Hall
Flag of Asahi
Official seal of Asahi
Location of Asahi in Toyama Prefecture
Location of Asahi in Toyama Prefecture
Asahi is located in Japan
Asahi
Asahi
 
Coordinates: 36°56′46.2″N 137°33′35.8″E / 36.946167°N 137.559944°E / 36.946167; 137.559944Coordinates: 36°56′46.2″N 137°33′35.8″E / 36.946167°N 137.559944°E / 36.946167; 137.559944
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Hokuriku)
PrefectureToyama
DistrictShimoniikawa
Area
 • Total226.30 km2 (87.37 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2018)
 • Total11,574
 • Density51.1/km2 (132/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreePinus parviflora
• FlowerAzalea
Phone number0765-83-1100
Address1133 Michishita, Asahi-machi, Shimoniikawa-gun, Toyama-ken 939-0793
Websitewww.town.asahi.toyama.jp

Asahi (朝日町, Asahi-machi) is a town located in Shimoniikawa District, Toyama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2018, 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.

Geography[edit]

Asahi is located in north-west Toyama Prefecture, in between the North Alps and the Sea of Japan. Mount Shirouma is the highest point, with an elevation of 2,932 meters.

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[1] the population of Asahi has decreased over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 19,311
1980 18,631
1990 17,569
2000 15,915
2010 13,651

Climate[edit]

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.[2]

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

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.

Economy[edit]

Asahi is dependent on agriculture and commercial fishing. Notable crops include rice, asparagus, and Spaghetti squash.

Education[edit]

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.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

National Route 8

Local attractions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asahi population statistics
  2. ^ Asahi climate data
  3. ^ 不動堂遺跡 [Fudōdō Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.

External links[edit]