Okinoshima
隠岐の島町
Downtown of Okinoshima as seen ftom the SE.
Location of Okinoshima in Shimane Prefecture
Okinoshima
Okinoshima
 
Okinoshima
Okinoshima
Okinoshima (Shimane Prefecture)
Coordinates: 36°12′N 133°19′E / 36.200°N 133.317°E / 36.200; 133.317Coordinates: 36°12′N 133°19′E / 36.200°N 133.317°E / 36.200; 133.317
Country Japan
RegionChūgoku
San'in
PrefectureShimane Prefecture
DistrictOki
Government
 • MayorKazuhisa Matsuda
Area
 • Total242.97 km2 (93.81 sq mi)
Population
 (March 1, 2017)
 • Total14,422
 • Density61.1/km2 (158/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
-TreeCryptomeria
- FlowerOki Rhododendron
Phone number08512-2-2111
Address1 Jōhokumachi, Okinoshima-machi, Oki-gun, Shimane-ken 685-8585 
Websitewww.town.okinoshima.shimane.jp
Okinoshima Town Hall
Okinoshima Town Hall

Okinoshima (隠岐の島町, Okinoshima-chō) is a town located on Dōgo, in Oki District, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2013, the town had an estimated population of 14,849 and a population density of 61.1 persons per km2. The total area was 242.95 km2.

Etymology

Okinoshima Town takes its name from Okinoshima, the traditional name for all four inhabited Oki Islands. There is no single island named Okinoshima.

History

Okinoshima Town was formed from the merger of the town of Saigō, and the villages of Fuse, Goka and Tsuma on October 1, 2004, all from Oki District.

Geography

Okinoshima occupies all of the island of Dōgo, in the Oki Islands archipelago in the Sea of Japan, along with numerous offshore uninhabited islands and rocks. For administrative purposes, the Japanese government officially considers the disputed islet of Takeshima (Liancourt Rocks) to be a part of the town of Okinoshima.

Climate

Okinoshima has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with very warm summers and cool winters. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year.

Climate data for Saigō, Okinoshima
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.0
(44.6)
7.1
(44.8)
10.5
(50.9)
16.0
(60.8)
20.6
(69.1)
23.5
(74.3)
27.6
(81.7)
29.5
(85.1)
25.3
(77.5)
20.4
(68.7)
15.3
(59.5)
10.3
(50.5)
17.8
(64.0)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.7
(38.7)
3.7
(38.7)
6.2
(43.2)
11.5
(52.7)
15.9
(60.6)
19.7
(67.5)
24.1
(75.4)
25.7
(78.3)
21.5
(70.7)
16.0
(60.8)
11.2
(52.2)
6.6
(43.9)
13.8
(56.9)
Average low °C (°F) 0.5
(32.9)
0.3
(32.5)
1.8
(35.2)
6.7
(44.1)
11.1
(52.0)
16.1
(61.0)
21.2
(70.2)
22.3
(72.1)
17.9
(64.2)
11.6
(52.9)
7.0
(44.6)
3.0
(37.4)
10.0
(49.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 171.9
(6.77)
119.9
(4.72)
110.0
(4.33)
115.5
(4.55)
117.1
(4.61)
167.6
(6.60)
195.4
(7.69)
130.5
(5.14)
205.9
(8.11)
118.0
(4.65)
144.3
(5.68)
155.0
(6.10)
1,751.1
(68.95)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 69
(27)
51
(20)
10
(3.9)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1
(0.4)
27
(11)
158
(62.3)
Average relative humidity (%) 72 72 72 73 75 82 84 81 79 75 73 72 76
Mean monthly sunshine hours 79.3 92.0 156.9 197.7 231.1 181.0 186.8 224.0 163.6 169.4 116.3 88.4 1,886.5
Source: NOAA (1961-1990) [1]

Economy

The town economy is primarily based on agriculture and commercial fishing.

Transportation

Airport

Highway

Sea Port

Local attractions

Notable people from Okinoshima

References

  1. ^ "Saigo Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 5, 2013.