Nishinoomote, Kagoshima


Nishinoomote City Hall



Location of Nishinoomote in Kagoshima Prefecture


Coordinates: 30°41′N 131°01′E / 30.683°N 131.017°E / 30.683; 131.017Coordinates: 30°41′N 131°01′E / 30.683°N 131.017°E / 30.683; 131.017
Country Japan
Region Kyushu (Ōsumi Islands)
Prefecture Kagoshima Prefecture
  Total 205.75 km2 (79.44 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2013)
  Total 16,418
  Density 79.8/km2 (207/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
-Tree Akō (Ficus superba Miq. var. japonica Miq.)
- Flower Lilium longiflorum
-Flowering Tree Chinese hibiscus
-Insect Great Orange Tip
Phone number 0997-22-1111
Address 7612 Nishinoomote, Nishinoomote-shi, Kagoshima-ken 891-3193

Nishinoomote (西之表市 Nishinoomote-shi) is a city located on the island of Tanegashima, in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 2013, the city has an estimated population of 16,418 and a population density of 79.8 persons per km². The total area is 205.75 km².


Nishinoomote, located on the northern portion of Tanegashima, is bordered by the East China Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and by the Osumi Strait separating Tanegashima from the Kyushu mainland. The city also includes the offshore island of Mageshima within its borders.


Nishinoomote has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with long, hot, humid summers and mild winters. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year, with particularly heavy rainfall in May, June, August and September. The area is subject to frequent typhoons.

Surrounding municipalities


Kitatane Village was established on April 1, 1889. It was elevated to town status on April 1, 1926 and renamed Nishinoomote. Towards the end of World War II, the town was garrisoned by a 12,000-man force from the Imperial Japanese Army and was thus subjected to bombing by the United States Navy in 1945. As with all of the Amami Islands, the town came under the administration of the United States from July 1, 1946 to December 25, 1953. It was elevated to city status on October 1, 1958.




Nishinoomote Port is a regional transportation hub, with frequent ferry service to Kagoshima, Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka, as well as Okinawa and the other Osumi islands.


Sister cities


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