Kimino
紀美野町
Kimino town office
Location of Kimino in Wakayama Prefecture
Kimino
Kimino
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°10′N 135°18′E / 34.167°N 135.300°E / 34.167; 135.300Coordinates: 34°10′N 135°18′E / 34.167°N 135.300°E / 34.167; 135.300
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureWakayama
DistrictKaisō
Area
 • Total128.34 km2 (49.55 sq mi)
Population
 (June 30, 2021)
 • Total8,362
 • Density65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address287 Todoroki, Kimino-cho, Kaiso-gun, Wakayama-ken 640-1192
WebsiteOfficial website
Symbols
BirdJapanese wagtail
FlowerSakura
TreeTorreya nucifera

Kimino (紀美野町, Kimino-chō) is a town located within the center of Kaisō District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 June 2021, the town had an estimated population of 8,362 in 4129 households and a population density of 65 persons per km².[1] The total area of the town is 128.34 square kilometres (49.55 sq mi).

Geography

Kimino is located in an inland area of north-central Wakayama prefecture. The Kishi River runs west through the central part of the town.

Neighboring municipalities

Wakayama Prefecture

Climate

Kimino has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Kimino is 15.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1713 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 4.5 °C.[2]

Demographics

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Kimino has declined to almost half of what it was 60 years ago.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1960 19,479—    
1970 16,148−17.1%
1980 15,625−3.2%
1990 14,215−9.0%
2000 12,287−13.6%
2010 10,395−15.4%

History

Kimino was founded on January 1, 2006, as a merger between the towns of Misato and Nokami, both from Kaisō District.

Government

Kimino has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral town council of 12 members. Kimino, collectively with the city of Kainan and the other municipalities of Kaisō District, contributes three members to the Wakayama Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the town is part of Wakayama 2nd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Economy

Agriculture, particularly horticulture, is the mainstay of the local economy.

Education

Kimino has three public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the town government and two public high schools operated by the Wakayama Prefectural Department of Education, which are branches of high schools in the city of Kainan. There are also two private high schools.

Transportation

Railway

Kimino has no passenger rail transport. The nearest train station is the JR West Kainan Station in the neighboring city of Kainan.

Highway

Local attractions

References

  1. ^ "Kimino town official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ Kimino climate data
  3. ^ Kimino population statistics
  4. ^ Jusanjinja, Kimino town, Wakayama - JAPAN GEOGRAPHIC