Awaji, Hyōgo Prefecture, Kansai Region, Japan

Geography | Surrounding municipalities | History | Government | Economy | Education | Transport : Rail : Road | Transportation : Other

🇯🇵 Awaji Island is an island in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea between the islands of Honshū and Shikoku. The island has an area of 592.17 square kilometres. It is the largest island of the Seto Inland Sea.


Geography The city of Awaji occupies the northern third of Awaji Island. It is connected to Kobe City to the north by the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and is sandwiched between Osaka Bay and the Gulf of Harima on the Seto Inland Sea. There are no large rivers in the city, but there are many agricultural ponds. The Tsuna hills run through the centre of the city, with Mount Myoken (522 meters) as the highest point. The Nojima Fault (the focus of the Great Hanshin earthquake) is located in the city.


Surrounding municipalities Hyogo Prefecture • Sumoto.


History The city of Awaji is situated in ancient Awaji Province. It was ruled as part of Tokushima Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji restoration, it became part of Tsuna District, Hyōgo. The town of Iwaya was established with the creation of the modern municipalities system April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1956 Iwaya merged with the neighboring town of Kariya and the villages of Url and Hamaguchi to form the town of Awaji; however, on June 19, 1961 a portion of the town was separated to form the town of Higashiura. On April 1, 2005 Awaji and Higashiura merged back together, along with the towns of Tsuna, Hokudan and Ichinomiya to form the city of Awaji.


Government Awaji has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 18 members. Awaji contributes one member to the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Hyōgo 9th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.


Economy The local economy is largely rural, and is based on agriculture and commercial fishing. Awaji has traditionally been famous for its production of joss sticks, which in the early 1960s accounted for 70% of the Japanese domestic market. The production of roof tiles is also a local speciality.


Education Awaji has 11 public elementary schools and five public middle schools operated by the city government and two public high schools operated by the Hyōgo Prefectural Department of Education. There are also two private high schools. The Kansai University of Nursing and Health Sciences is located in Awaji.

The Ashiya University Awajishima Seaside Seminar Center, Kobe University Inland Sea Environment Education and Research Center and University of Hyogo Graduate School of Green Environment and Landscape Management are all located in Awaji.

The Awaji City Library serves Awaji. In 1999 this library and the West Bloomfield Library in West Bloomfield, Michigan in Metro Detroit were paired as sister institutions.


Transport: Rail Awaji does not have any passenger rail service.


Transport: Road • Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway • National Route 28


Transportation: Other Jointly with Minami Awaji and Sumoto, the city operates a low-cost electric bike rental scheme, designed to attract visitors to stay for more than one day in order to explore the island.

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Awaji has a population of over 129,000 people. Awaji also forms part of the wider Hyōgo Prefecture which has a population of over 5,469,762 people.

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East of: 134.845

🇯🇵 Harima 134.867

🇯🇵 Sumoto 134.9

🇯🇵 Akashi 134.984

🇯🇵 Miki 134.984

🇷🇺 Khabarovsk 135.074

🇯🇵 Kyōtango 135.133

🇯🇵 Fukuchiyama 135.133

🇯🇵 Wakayama 135.167

🇯🇵 Kōbe 135.195

🇯🇵 Tamba-Sasayama 135.217

West of: 134.845

🇯🇵 Kakogawa 134.839

🇯🇵 Toyooka 134.817

🇯🇵 Himeji 134.7

🇵🇼 Ngerulmud 134.627

🇯🇵 Naruto 134.617

🇯🇵 Tokushima 134.558

🇯🇵 Tatsuno 134.533

🇯🇵 Tottori 134.235

🇮🇩 Manokwari 134.083

🇯🇵 Takamatsu 134.05

Antipodal to Awaji is: -45.155,-34.364

Locations Near: Awaji 134.845,34.3644

🇯🇵 Sumoto 134.9,34.35 d: 5.3  

🇯🇵 Naruto 134.617,34.167 d: 30.4  

🇯🇵 Akashi 134.984,34.65 d: 34.2  

🇯🇵 Wakayama 135.167,34.233 d: 33  

🇯🇵 Harima 134.867,34.717 d: 39.2  

🇯🇵 Kakogawa 134.839,34.766 d: 44.6  

🇯🇵 Tokushima 134.558,34.059 d: 43  

🇯🇵 Sennan 135.267,34.35 d: 38.8  

🇯🇵 Miki 134.984,34.798 d: 49.8  

🇯🇵 Kōbe 135.195,34.69 d: 48.4  

Antipodal to: Awaji -45.155,-34.364

🇧🇷 Tubarão -49,-28.467 d: 19264.8  

🇧🇷 Criciúma -49.372,-28.678 d: 19267.3  

🇧🇷 Viamão -51.023,-30.088 d: 19286.8  

🇧🇷 Gravataí -50.983,-29.933 d: 19277.9  

🇧🇷 Rio Grande -52.099,-32.041 d: 19319.5  

🇧🇷 Alvorada -51.079,-30.001 d: 19276.3  

🇧🇷 Cachoeirinha -51.083,-29.95 d: 19272.1  

🇧🇷 Porto Alegre -51.229,-30.028 d: 19267.6  

🇧🇷 Canoas -51.183,-29.915 d: 19262.5  

🇧🇷 Sapucaia do Sul -51.146,-29.842 d: 19259.5  

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