Unzen, Nagasaki

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Unzen

雲仙市
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Unzen City Hall
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Location of Unzen in Nagasaki Prefecture
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Unzen
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°50′N130°11′E / 32.833°N 130.183°E / 32.833; 130.183 Coordinates: 32°50′N130°11′E / 32.833°N 130.183°E / 32.833; 130.183
CountryJapan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Nagasaki Prefecture
Government
  MayorShintaro Okumura (since November 2005)
Area
  Total206.92 km2 (79.89 sq mi)
Population
 (November 1, 2018)
  Total42,457
  Density210/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+09:00 (JST)
Website www.city.unzen.nagasaki.jp
Symbols
FlowerRhododendron kiusianum
Tree Kousa Dogwood

Unzen (雲仙市, Unzen-shi) is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, on the northern tip of Shimabara Peninsula, facing Ariake Bay in the east and Mount Unzen to the south. As of November 2018, the city has an estimated population of 42,457 [1] and a population density of 220 people per km². The total area is 206.92 km².

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History

The modern city of Unzen was established on October 11, 2005, from the merger of the towns of Aino, Azuma, Chijiwa, Kunimi, Minamikushiyama, Mizuho and Obama (all from Minamitakaki District).

Tourism

Obama Onsen is located in Unzen City. The poet Saito Mokichi wrote a verse about the beauty of this hot spring.

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Obama, Nagasaki

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References

  1. "Official website of Unzen City" (in Japanese). Japan: Unzen City. Retrieved 25 April 2017.