Inami
印南町
Inami townhall
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Location of Inami in Wakayama Prefecture]
Inami
Inami
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°49′N 135°13′E / 33.817°N 135.217°E / 33.817; 135.217Coordinates: 33°49′N 135°13′E / 33.817°N 135.217°E / 33.817; 135.217
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureWakayama
DistrictHidaka
Area
 • Total113.62 km2 (43.87 sq mi)
Population
 (November 30, 2021)
 • Total8,026
 • Density71/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address2252-1, Inami, Inami-cho, Hidaka-gun, Wakayama-ken 649-1534
WebsiteOfficial website
Symbols
Fishisaki
FlowerSarcandra glabra
TreeCryptomeria,
Inami port and old town
Inami port and old town

Inami (印南町, Inami-chō) is a town located in Hidaka District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 November 2021, the town had an estimated population of 8,026 in 3333 households and a population density of 71 persons per km².[1] The total area of the town is 113.62 square kilometres (43.87 sq mi).

Geography

Inami is located in central Wakayama Prefecture, bordered by the Kii Channel to the southwest. The area is mostly forest at the western end of the Kii Mountains. The coastal areas are warm due to the influence of the Kuroshio Current, and are cultivated. The mountain area has a high elevation and snowfall can be seen in winter. The Kirime River, Innami River, and Oji River flow through the town.

Neighboring municipalities

Wakayama Prefecture

Climate

Inami has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Inami is 15.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2077 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.1 °C, and lowest in January, at around 6.1 °C.[2] The area is subject to typhoons in summer.

Demographics

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Inami has been decreasing rapidly over the past 40 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1960 12,655—    
1970 10,853−14.2%
1980 10,767−0.8%
1990 10,315−4.2%
2000 9,769−5.3%
2010 8,606−11.9%

History

The area of the modern town of Inami was within ancient Kii Province, and was noted as a fishing port in the Edo period. The village of Inami was established with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was elevated to town status on April 14, 1900. The neighboring village of Inahara was annexed on September 30, 1956, followed by the village of Kirimegawa and Azumi on August 1, 1957.

Government

Inami has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 12 members. Inami collectively with the other municipalities of Hidaka District, contributes three members to the Wakayama Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the town is part of Wakayama 3rd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Economy

The economy of Inami is centered on forestry and agriculture. The town is famous for its snow peas, umeboshi and watermelons.

Education

Inami has four public elementary schools and four public middle schools operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school.

Transportation

Railway

JR WestKisei Main Line

Highways

References

  1. ^ "Inami Town official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ Inami climate data
  3. ^ Inami population statistics