Awaji, Hyōgo


Top left:Nojima Fault, Top right:Akashi Strait Bridge and side of Honshu, 2nd left:Awaji Dream Stage theme park, 2nd left:Onokoro Theme Park, 3rd left:Peace Statue in Awaji Kannon Temple, 3rd right:Esaki Lighthouse, Bottom left:View of Ferriwheel in Awaji rest-house, Bottom right:Entrance in Honbuku Temple


Location of Awaji in Hyōgo Prefecture

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 34°26′N 134°55′E / 34.433°N 134.917°E / 34.433; 134.917Coordinates: 34°26′N 134°55′E / 34.433°N 134.917°E / 34.433; 134.917
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Hyōgo Prefecture
  Mayor Yasuhiko Kado (since April 2005)
  Total 184.05 km2 (71.06 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2012)
  Total 47,457
  Density 257.85/km2 (667.8/sq mi)
  Tree Prunus serrulata
  Flower Carnation
  Bird Plover
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Awaji (淡路市 Awaji-shi) is a city located on Awaji Island in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

The modern city of Awaji was established on April 1, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Awaji, absorbing the towns of Tsuna, Higashiura, Hokudan and Ichinomiya (all from Tsuna District).

As of July 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 47,457 with 19,643 households and a population density of 257.85 persons per km². The total area is 184.05 km².

Notable local places to visit are Awaji Yumebutai (Kiseki No Hoshi Greenhouse), Nojima Fault (the focus of the Great Hanshin earthquake), Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, Honpuku-ji Temple and Awaji World Park Onokoro.

Kansai University of Nursing and Health Sciences is also located in the city.


The Awaji City Library serves Awaji. In 1999 this library and the West Bloomfield Library in West Bloomfield, Michigan in Metro Detroit were paired as sister institutions.[1]

Bicycle rental scheme

Jointly with Minami Awaji and Sumoto, the city operates a low-cost electric bike rental scheme, designed to attract visitors to stay for more than one day in order to explore the island.[2]

See also


  1. Hubred-Golden, Joni. "Students from Japan Visit West Bloomfield Library." West Bloomfield Patch. July 31, 2013. Retrieved on November 10, 2013.
  2. "Rental bicycles eyed to boost tourism". Yomiuri Shimbun. Japan. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.

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