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Kamikoani
上小阿仁村
Kamikoani
Kamikoani in Akita
Location in Akita
Location
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureAkita
Physical characteristics
Area256.82 km²
Population2,601 (as of 2012-04-01)
Symbols
TreeSugi (こぶ杉)
FlowerKoanichidori (こあにちどり)
Village emblem
Village Hall
MayorYoshiho Tanaka (中田 吉穂)
Address〒018-4494 秋田県北秋田郡上小阿仁村小沢田字向川原118
Telephone☎ 0186-77-2221
WebsiteHomepage

Kamikoani (上小阿仁村; -mura) is a village located in the Kitaakita region of Akita, Japan. It is notable as the municipality in Akita with the smallest and oldest population.

Festivals

  • Ora ga Furusato Festival (おらがふるさとフェスティバル). Held in August.
    Chibikko Sakana Tsukami Taikai (ちびっこ魚つかみ大会)
    Yagisawa Bangaku (八木沢番楽)
    Ōbayashi Shishi Dance (大林獅子踊り)
    Kosawada Komaodori (小沢田駒踊り)
    Kamikoani Ondo (Fujinkai) (かみこあに音頭(婦人会))
    Taiko Ensō (Kokyō) (太鼓演奏(鼓響))
    Matobi (Kosawada Sōwakai) (万灯火(小沢田壮和会))
    Geino: Stage Show (芸能:ステージショー)
  • Torioi (鳥追い). Held in February in Kosawada.
  • Hadaka Festival (裸祭り). Held in February in Okitaomote.
  • Matobi (万灯火). On March 20th.

Sightseeing and Activities

  • Mount Taihei. Part of the Ou Mountain range that runs through Akita. Great for hiking in the fall.
  • Mount Himegatake
  • Uenotai Ski Jō (上ノ岱スキー場). Located directly behind Kamikoani JHS. Open Mon-Sat until 9pm.
  • Tomokura Shrine
  • Nanakura Shrine

Famous things

  • Yamabuki Manju
  • Hozuki
  • Kohaze
  • Bei-nasu
  • Owen Cunningham. This roguish, rugged, Irish chunk is one of Kamikoani's greatest mysteries. Five hundred years ago, he left the bar in Honjo, but being more sober than he thought, deliberately sprinted the into a new lover's arms. Arriving with the sunrise, naked, but wearing four hats, his new lover nursed him back to health. Unable to understand his creamy Irish dialect, they decided to keep him as a sort of pet. Now he "dances" at the Junior High School, and is a source of shame and disgrace to all the Irish.

Restaurant

  • Takahashi Ryokan (高橋旅館). ☎ 0186-77-2507

Onsen

  • Yamafuji Onsen (山ふじ温泉)
    Open daily 10:00-20:00. Cost ¥300. ☎ 0186-77-2454

Schools

Board of Education

Kamikoani Board of Education
60-3 Mukaigawara, Kosawada
Kamikoani, Kitaakita, Akita 018-4421
JAPAN

上小阿仁村役場教育委員会
〒018-4421 秋田県北秋田郡上小阿仁村小沢田字向川原60-3

☎ 0186-60-9000

Services

  • Koani Gō (こあに号)
    A station wagon that runs between Kamikoani town hall and Hachirōgata station. Schedules runs leave at 6:55 and 15:35 and arrive at 8:00 and 16:40 respectively. Extra times can be arranged. Cost ¥1,000. ☎ 0186-77-3058, IP: 66-3058. More Info.
  • Kosawada Repair Shop (小沢田整備工場; kosawada seibikōjō)
    Car repair shop. ☎ 0186-77-2701. 〒018-4421 秋田県北秋田郡上小阿仁村小沢田字向川原94-1
  • Kokuho Shinryōjo (国保診療所)
    A clinic with a doctor and dentist. ☎ 0186-77-2042. 〒018-4494 秋田県北秋田郡上小阿仁村小沢田字向川原214番地

Rubbish collection

Media:Kamikoani-rubbish.jpg

See also

Akita Prefecture
Northern Akita Fujisato • Happō • Kamikoani • Kazuno • Kitaakita • Kosaka • Mitane • Noshiro • Ōdate
Central Akita Akita City • Gojōme • Hachirōgata • Ikawa • Katagami • Oga  • Ōgata  • Semboku
Southern Akita Daisen • Higashinaruse • Misato • Nikaho • Ugo • Yokote • Yurihonjō • Yuzawa