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Takahashi
高梁市
View of Downtown Takahashi, Okayama, from Atago Bridge
View of Downtown Takahashi, Okayama, from Atago Bridge
Flag of Takahashi
Official seal of Takahashi
Location of Takahashi in Okayama Prefecture
Location of Takahashi in Okayama Prefecture
Takahashi is located in Japan
Takahashi
Takahashi
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°47′29″N 133°36′59″E / 34.79139°N 133.61639°E / 34.79139; 133.61639Coordinates: 34°47′29″N 133°36′59″E / 34.79139°N 133.61639°E / 34.79139; 133.61639
CountryJapan
RegionChūgoku (San'yō)
PrefectureOkayama Prefecture
Government
 • MayorTakanori Kondo (since October 2010)
Area
 • Total547.01 km2 (211.20 sq mi)
Population
 (March 31, 2017)
 • Total31,556
 • Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address2043 Matsubara-dori, Takahashi-shi, Okayama-ken
716-8501
ClimateCfa
Websitewww.city.takahashi.okayama.jp
Symbols
BirdMegaceryle lugubris
FlowerCherry blossom
TreePinus densiflora

Takahashi (高梁市, Takahashi-shi) is a city located in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on May 1, 1954. As of March 31, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 31,556, with 14,519 households and a population density of 58 persons per km².[1] The total area is 547.01 km².

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle floating on a sea of clouds
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle floating on a sea of clouds

Bitchū Matsuyama Castle overlooks the town. Another significant location is Raikyū-ji, a Buddhist temple with an historic garden.

On October 1, 2004, Takahashi absorbed the town of Ukan (from Jōbō District), and the towns of Nariwa, Kawakami and Bitchū (all from Kawakami District) to become the new and expanded city of Takahashi. Kawakami District was dissolved as a result of this merger.

Takahashi City Hall
Takahashi City Hall

Geography

Climate

Takahashi has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Takahashi is 14.5 °C (58.1 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,230.3 mm (48.44 in) with July as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.0 °C (80.6 °F), and lowest in January, at around 2.8 °C (37.0 °F).[2] The highest temperature ever recorded in Takahashi was 39.3 °C (102.7 °F) on 21 August 2020; the coldest temperature ever recorded was −10.0 °C (14.0 °F) on 27 February 1981.[3]

Climate data for Takahashi (1991−2020 normals, extremes 1979−present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 17.0
(62.6)
22.4
(72.3)
25.8
(78.4)
31.6
(88.9)
34.1
(93.4)
36.7
(98.1)
38.9
(102.0)
39.3
(102.7)
37.0
(98.6)
31.8
(89.2)
25.1
(77.2)
19.2
(66.6)
39.3
(102.7)
Average high °C (°F) 8.5
(47.3)
9.7
(49.5)
13.8
(56.8)
20.1
(68.2)
25.1
(77.2)
27.8
(82.0)
31.6
(88.9)
33.1
(91.6)
28.6
(83.5)
22.7
(72.9)
16.5
(61.7)
10.7
(51.3)
20.7
(69.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 2.8
(37.0)
3.7
(38.7)
7.3
(45.1)
12.9
(55.2)
18.1
(64.6)
22.0
(71.6)
26.0
(78.8)
27.0
(80.6)
22.7
(72.9)
16.3
(61.3)
10.1
(50.2)
4.9
(40.8)
14.5
(58.1)
Average low °C (°F) −1.2
(29.8)
−0.9
(30.4)
1.8
(35.2)
6.6
(43.9)
12.1
(53.8)
17.4
(63.3)
22.0
(71.6)
22.8
(73.0)
18.5
(65.3)
12.0
(53.6)
5.9
(42.6)
1.0
(33.8)
9.8
(49.7)
Record low °C (°F) −8.3
(17.1)
−10.0
(14.0)
−5.5
(22.1)
−2.2
(28.0)
1.0
(33.8)
7.6
(45.7)
12.8
(55.0)
15.1
(59.2)
6.5
(43.7)
2.4
(36.3)
−2.2
(28.0)
−6.1
(21.0)
−10.0
(14.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 39.4
(1.55)
48.8
(1.92)
90.2
(3.55)
96.9
(3.81)
125.6
(4.94)
166.5
(6.56)
195.2
(7.69)
112.3
(4.42)
162.1
(6.38)
93.0
(3.66)
56.4
(2.22)
46.2
(1.82)
1,230.3
(48.44)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 5.6 7.2 9.4 9.3 9.6 11.4 11.4 8.7 9.8 6.9 6.4 6.2 101.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 135.2 130.7 164.7 186.1 193.8 134.8 148.1 182.0 146.0 154.4 135.1 124.1 1,831.2
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[2][3]

Demographics

Per Japanese census data, the population of Takahashi in 2020 is 29,072 people.[4] Takahashi has been conducting censuses since 1920.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1920 63,587—    
1925 64,425+1.3%
1930 63,823−0.9%
1935 63,717−0.2%
1940 61,704−3.2%
1945 75,570+22.5%
1950 75,824+0.3%
YearPop.±%
1955 74,013−2.4%
1960 68,494−7.5%
1965 60,554−11.6%
1970 53,270−12.0%
1975 49,330−7.4%
1980 47,013−4.7%
1985 45,760−2.7%
YearPop.±%
1990 44,039−3.8%
1995 43,115−2.1%
2000 41,077−4.7%
2005 38,799−5.5%
2010 34,977−9.9%
2015 32,075−8.3%
2020 29,072−9.4%
Takahashi population statistics[4]

Trivia

In 2014, the city of Takahashi sponsored production of an anime series, Ai Tenchi Muyo!, to promote tourism to the region.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Official website of Takahashi city" (in Japanese). Japan: Takahashi City. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b 気象庁 / 平年値(年・月ごとの値). JMA. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  3. ^ a b 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値). JMA. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Takahashi population statistics
  5. ^ "New Tenchi Muyo! Series Announced to Promote Tourism". Anime News Network. 2014-05-26. Retrieved 2015-07-05.


  1. ^ 岡山, (日本) DISCOVER OKAYAMA OF JAPAN. "Takahashi | (日本) DISCOVER OKAYAMA OF JAPAN 岡山". okayama-japan.jp. Archived from the original on 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2015-10-01.