Tokunoshima, Kagoshima

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Tokunoshima
徳之島町
Kametoku Port
Kametoku Port
Flag of Tokunoshima
Official seal of Tokunoshima
Location of Tokunoshima in Kagoshima Prefecture
Location of Tokunoshima in Kagoshima Prefecture
Tokunoshima is located in Japan
Tokunoshima
Tokunoshima
 
Coordinates: 27°46′02″N 129°0′06″E / 27.76722°N 129.00167°E / 27.76722; 129.00167Coordinates: 27°46′02″N 129°0′06″E / 27.76722°N 129.00167°E / 27.76722; 129.00167
CountryJapan
RegionKyushu (Amami Islands)
PrefectureKagoshima Prefecture
DistrictŌshima
First official recorded699 AD
Kametsu town settledJanuary 1, 1942
As current town name changedApril 1, 1958
Government
 • MayorHideki Takaoka
Area
 • Total104.87 km2 (40.49 sq mi)
Population
 (June 1, 2013)
 • Total11,673
 • Density111/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Phone number0997-82-1111
Address7203 Kametsu, Tokunoshima-machi, Ōshima-gun, Kagoshima-ken 891-7101
Websitewww.tokunoshima-town.org

Tokunoshima (徳之島町, Tokunoshima-chō) is a town located on Tokunoshima, in Ōshima District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 2013, the town has an estimated population of 11,673 and a population density of 111 persons per km². The total area is 104.87  km².

Geography[edit]

Tokunoshima occupies the northeastern portion of the island of Tokunoshima, with the Pacific Ocean to the east.

The town as a governmental entity comprises several districts containing a variety of villages and one larger town. This town, generally referred to as Kametsu, is focused around the district of the same name and the neighboring port of Kametoku. Kametsu is the main center of commerce and services on the island.

Towns and Villages[edit]

  • Boma
  • Inokawa
  • Kametoku
  • Kametsu
  • Kaminomine
  • Kanami
  • Kedoku
  • Omo
  • San
  • Shimokushi
  • Shirai
  • Shoda
  • Tete
  • Todoroki
  • Tokuwase

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

The climate is classified as humid subtropical (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with very warm summers and mild winters(average temperature 21.1 °C (70.0 °F)). Precipitation is high throughout the year, but is highest in the months of May, June and September. Because of its climate, tropical and sub-tropical fruits are in abundance.

History[edit]

On 1 April 1908 Kametsu Village was founded. It was upgraded to town status on January 1, 1942. As with all of Tokunoshima, the town came under the administration of the United States from 1 July 1946 to 25 December 1953. On 1 April 1958, Kametsu merged with the neighboring village of Higashi-Amagi, and was renamed Tokunoshima.

Transportation[edit]

  • Kametoku Port

Noted people from Tokunoshima[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Tokunoshima, Kagoshima at Wikimedia Commons