- Kōriyama, Fukushima
Japanese city| Name = Kōriyama
JapaneseName = 郡山市| Prefecture = Fukushima
Region = Tōhoku
Area_km2 = 757.06 | Population = 339,118
1 September 2007
Density_km2 = 447.94
Prunus serrulata(Japanese hill cherry)
Flower = Japanese iris
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CityHallAddress=7-23 1-chome Asahi Koriyama Fukushima JAPAN
CityHallLink = [http://www.city.koriyama.fukushima.jp/international/index.html/ Koriyama City (English)] | City
nihongo|Kōriyama|郡山市|Kōriyama-shi is a city located in the center of the
Nakadōriregion of Fukushima, Tōhoku, Japan. As of 2007, the city has an estimated populationof 339,118 and a density of 447.94 persons per km². The total area is 757.06 km².
The city was founded on
1 September 1924. Now, the city is designated as a " core city" and works as a commercial city in Fukushima Prefecture. Kōriyama is the second largest conurbationin the Tōhoku region.
Kōriyama once thrived as a Shukuba town because of its importance as a traffic focal point. Kōriyama was fomerly called Asaka(安積). In the
Meiji period, the Meiji governmenthad many samuraireclaim the land to help the poor. As a result, Asaka developed into a big food basketand the population grew.
Kōriyama was incorporated as a city on
1 September 1924.
In 1965, the city merged with some nearby towns and villages.
In 1997, the city was designated as a "
Geography and Climate
Kōriyama is located in the center of
Fukushima Prefecturein the Tōhoku region(coord|37|24|N|140|23|E|type:city_region:JP). The Adatara mountainsare to the north, Lake Inawashirois to the west, and the Abukuma highlandsare to the east. Lake Inawashiro is the forth largest lake in Japan, and is known for having the cleanest water in Japan. The Abukuma Riverflows through downtown Kōriyama.
The city is situated in a temperate zone, so a dry wind blows throughout the year.
The downtown area is front of Kōriyama Station.
In a 2007 census the city's population was recorded as 339,118 and the population density as 447.94. The population of the conurbation is about 0.5 million, it is the second largest in
Tōhoku regionafter Sendai.
Kōriyama city is called the "commercial capital in Fukushima" and the economic bloc is the biggest in
Fukushima Prefecture.There are many department stores and shops in front of Kōriyama Station.;Principal companies
XEBIO; sports goods
York Benimaru; the biggest supermarket in Kōriyama with networks in south Tōhoku, Nigata, and North Kanto;Banks
Kōriyama is an important point because it is located in the center of Fukushima and it is linked to many cities like
Tokyo, Sendai, Fukushima, Niigata and Iwaki. The city serves as a hub for the railways and the expressways.
:Central station: Kōriyama Station
Tōhoku Shinkansen:Kōriyama Station:Yamabiko, Nasuno, Tsubasa
Tōhoku Main Line:Asaka-nagamori - Kōriyama Station - Hiwada
East Ban'etsu Line:Kōriyama Station - Mōgi
West Ban'etsu Line:Kōriyama Station - Kikuta - Akogashima - Bandai-atami - Nakayamajuku
Suigun Line:Kōriyama Station - Asaka-ngamori- Yataawa - Iwaki-moriyama
**Asaka PA - Kōriyama-minami IC - Kōriyama IC - Kōriyama JCT
**Kōriyama-higashi IC - Kōriyama JCT - Gohyakugawa PA - Bandai-atami IC
*Konan Port (besides
"None" in the city. Some available airports are as follows.
Fukushima Airport( Sukagawa, Fukushima); domestic and international
Sendai Airport( Natori, Miyagi); domestic and international
Niigata Airport( Niigata, Niigata); domestic and international
Narita Airport( Narita, Chiba); international and domestic
Haneda Airport( Ota, Tokyo); domestic and international
Kōriyama Uneme Festival
*Koriyama Summer Festival - an Oktoberfest-style festival.
*Koriyama Autumn Festival - includes children's activities, taiko and mikoshi parades.
Fukushima Central Television(Nittele chain)
Fukushima Broadcasting( TV Asahichain)CATY
*Information Network Kōriyama
FM Fukushima (JFN)
Universities and Colleges
Nihon University, Faculty of Engineering
*Kōriyama Women's University & Colleges
*Kōriyama Women's University Junior College
Open University of Japan, Fukushima Learning Center
enior High Schools
* [http://www.city.koriyama.fukushima.jp/international/index.html Koriyama official website] in English
* [http://www.city.koriyama.fukushima.jp/ Koriyama official website] in Japanese
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