Wakasa (若狭町, Wakasa-chō) is a town located in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2018[update], the city had an estimated population of 14,577 and the population density of 82 persons per km². The total area of the town was 178.49 square kilometres (68.92 sq mi).
|• Total||178.49 km2 (68.92 sq mi)|
|• Density||82/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||1-1 Chuo, Wakasa-cho, Mikatakaminaka-gun, Fukui-ken 919-1393|
Wakasa is located in southwestern Fukui Prefecture, bordered by Shiga Prefecture to the south and the heavily indented ria coast of Wakasa Bay of Sea of Japan to the north. Parts of the town are within the borders of the Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Park.
Wakasa has a Humid climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm, wet summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Wakasa is 14.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2115 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.7 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Wakasa has been experiencing a steep population decline..
Wakasa is part of ancient Wakasa Province. During the Edo period, the area was part of the holdings of Obama Domain. Following the Meiji restoration, it was organised into part of Mikatakaminaka District in Fukui Prefecture. The town of Wakasa was formed on March 31, 2005 by the merger of the former towns of Mikata, from Mikata District, and Kaminaka, from Onyū District.
The economy of Wakasa is dependent on commercial fishing, agriculture and seasonal tourism.
Wakasa has ten public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the town government. The town has one public high school operated by the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education.