Misasa
三朝町
Town
Clockwise from top left: Misasa Spa, Sanbutsu Temple in Mount Mitoku, Mitoku River, Place of Team Hall (Jinsho no Yakata in Japanese), Misasa Art Museum
Location of Misasa in Tottori Prefecture
Misasa
Misasa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°25′N 133°52′E / 35.417°N 133.867°E / 35.417; 133.867Coordinates: 35°25′N 133°52′E / 35.417°N 133.867°E / 35.417; 133.867
CountryJapan
RegionChūgoku
San'in
PrefectureTottori Prefecture
DistrictTōhaku
Government
 • MayorHidemitsu Yoshida (since November 1997)
Area
 • Total233.52 km2 (90.16 sq mi)
Population
 (June 1, 2016)
 • Total6,407
 • Density27.4/km2 (71/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address999-2 Ōaza Ōze, Misasa-chō, Tottori-ken
682-0195
Websitewww.town.misasa.tottori.jp
Symbols
FlowerRhododendron
TreeAesculus

Misasa (三朝町, Misasa-chō) is a town located in Tōhaku District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. It is also home to the official treasure of Sanbutsu-ji, the Misasa Onsen, and Okayama Hospital.

The name "Misasa" (literally "three mornings") originates from the belief that one who stays to enjoy three mornings in the town's famous hot springs will find all of his ailments cured.

As of June 1, 2016, the town has an estimated population of 6,407 and a density of 27.4 persons per km2. The total area is 233.46 km2.

Misasa is for the most part a spa resort, boasting springs of radium-rich water, exhausting radon, a radioactive gas. Locals believe that bathing one in such waters can be good for one's health, although there is no scientific consensus on whether doing so is detrimental or helpful to one's health (see Radiation hormesis). For this reason, the town of Misasa organizes a yearly Marie Curie festival – Marie Curie discovered radium.

The film Koitanibashi was shot in Misasa.[1]

A street in the center of Misasa shortly before the Marie Curie festival
A street in the center of Misasa shortly before the Marie Curie festival
Sanbutsu-ji
Sanbutsu-ji

Education

Primary schools

Junior high schools

Universities

Neighboring municipalities

Places of note

A radium-rich hot spring.
It is named a special location, or "meishou" (名所) by the government, and is about 4 km long.
A temple located on a cliff on the north face of Mount Mitoku, it is designated as one of the National Treasures of Japan.

Twin towns

Misasa is twinned with:

References

  1. ^ HPriest (2011-11-12). "SPEED's Uehara Takako attends stage greeting for "Koitanibashi"". TokyoHive. Retrieved 2011-11-13.