Chizu, Tottori

Summary

Chizu (智頭町, Chizu-chō) is a town located in Yazu District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. As of 2016, the town has an estimated population of 7,031. The total area is 224.61 km². The population has been steadily declining since the 1970s. Because of this decline, in March 2012 the town closed down six elementary schools and opened a single integrated school. There is also one junior high school and one agricultural and forestry high school.

Chizu
智頭町
Town
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Flag of Chizu
Official seal of Chizu
Location of Chizu in Tottori Prefecture
Location of Chizu in Tottori Prefecture
Chizu is located in Japan
Chizu
Chizu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°16′N 134°14′E / 35.267°N 134.233°E / 35.267; 134.233Coordinates: 35°16′N 134°14′E / 35.267°N 134.233°E / 35.267; 134.233
CountryJapan
RegionChūgoku
San'in
PrefectureTottori Prefecture
DistrictYazu
Area
 • Total224.61 km2 (86.72 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
 • Total7,031 (estimated October 1 2,016)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
ClimateCfa
Websitewww1.town.chizu.tottori.jp

The main industry in the area is logging, woodworking, tourism, and brewing.

GeographyEdit

ClimateEdit

Chizu has a Humid climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm, wet summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Chizu is 13.1 °C (55.6 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,972.2 mm (77.65 in) with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.2 °C (77.4 °F), and lowest in January, at around 1.6 °C (34.9 °F).[1] Its record high is 38.9 °C (102.0 °F), reached on 5 August 2018, and its record low is −12.7 °C (9.1 °F), reached on 31 January 2011.[2]

Climate data for Chizu (1991−2020 normals, extremes 1978−present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.8
(62.2)
20.9
(69.6)
23.7
(74.7)
31.4
(88.5)
33.5
(92.3)
35.9
(96.6)
38.2
(100.8)
38.9
(102.0)
36.9
(98.4)
30.7
(87.3)
25.4
(77.7)
20.3
(68.5)
38.9
(102.0)
Average high °C (°F) 6.1
(43.0)
7.1
(44.8)
11.7
(53.1)
18.1
(64.6)
23.2
(73.8)
26.2
(79.2)
29.9
(85.8)
31.3
(88.3)
26.4
(79.5)
20.9
(69.6)
15.2
(59.4)
9.1
(48.4)
18.8
(65.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 1.6
(34.9)
2.1
(35.8)
5.7
(42.3)
11.3
(52.3)
16.5
(61.7)
20.5
(68.9)
24.5
(76.1)
25.2
(77.4)
21.0
(69.8)
15.0
(59.0)
9.3
(48.7)
4.1
(39.4)
13.1
(55.5)
Average low °C (°F) −1.8
(28.8)
−1.8
(28.8)
0.6
(33.1)
5.0
(41.0)
10.5
(50.9)
15.9
(60.6)
20.6
(69.1)
21.1
(70.0)
16.9
(62.4)
10.3
(50.5)
4.7
(40.5)
0.3
(32.5)
8.5
(47.3)
Record low °C (°F) −12.7
(9.1)
−12.3
(9.9)
−8.5
(16.7)
−4.3
(24.3)
0.3
(32.5)
5.2
(41.4)
11.6
(52.9)
13.3
(55.9)
5.7
(42.3)
−0.2
(31.6)
−2.9
(26.8)
−8.8
(16.2)
−12.7
(9.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 159.5
(6.28)
143.3
(5.64)
164.6
(6.48)
130.9
(5.15)
146.1
(5.75)
168.9
(6.65)
227.7
(8.96)
172.8
(6.80)
244.2
(9.61)
158.6
(6.24)
112.7
(4.44)
143.0
(5.63)
1,972.2
(77.65)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 112
(44)
117
(46)
25
(9.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
40
(16)
285
(112)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 17.2 16.4 15.6 11.7 10.9 12.7 13.9 11.2 12.8 11.2 12.3 15.2 161.1
Average snowy days (≥ 3 cm) 10.3 9.8 2.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.4 26.1
Mean monthly sunshine hours 75.4 82.2 131.5 173.7 191.3 133.2 133.1 169.7 124.9 141.0 112.3 84.6 1,552.7
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[2][1]

TourismEdit

Notable PlacesEdit

  • Ishitani Family Residence - Important Cultural Property
  • Itaibara Village - Showa era buildings
  • Mount Nagi
  • Suwa Jinja

ReligionEdit

Places of WorshipEdit

Sister CityEdit

Since October 10, 1999 Chizu has maintained a sister city relationship with Yanggu County, Gangwon, South Korea.

TransportationEdit

Chizu is accessible by train (Inbi Line and Chizu Express), road, and bus.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 気象庁 / 平年値(年・月ごとの値). JMA. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  2. ^ a b 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値). JMA. Retrieved March 24, 2022.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Chizu, Tottori at Wikimedia Commons
  • Chizu official website (in Japanese)