City Outline: What Kind of City is Yamatokoriyama?
Yamatokoriyama stretches over approximately 9km from east to west and 7km from north to south covering an area about 42 square kilometers with a population of nearly 90,000. Three rivers, the Saho-gawa, the Yamato-gawa and the Tomio-gawa, run though the city. Most of the land is a plain area, except for the hilly terrain extending to the west.
In general, the city has a temperate climate and is classified as what we call the "inland climate": a wide range of temperature bringing hot summers and cold winters, but heavy snows are rare, at most once a year.
There are 6 railway stations, (JR Koriyama, JR Yamatokoizumi, Kintetsu Koriyama, Kintetsu Kujo, Kintetsu Tsutsui, and Kintetsu Hirahata), and it takes about 40 minutes to travel from Osaka and 45 minutes from Kyoto, the 2 nearest major cities. Buses provide additional public transportation for the main roads.
The city produces various agricultural, commercial, and factory products. For example, cultivation of rice and fresh vegetables such as strawberries and tomatoes is thriving.
The shopping center in the city and many large shopping markets in the suburbs are sustaining commercial industry. Furthermore, the industrial zone, called "Showa Kogyo Danchi," is spread out in the southern part of the city and brings in a large number of workers. Recently, laborers from Asian countries and Brazil are on the increase.
Currently, Yamatokoriyama's goldfish have become so widely known that the city is often associated with the goldfish. In the Koriyama Castle site area, the original stone wall has remained intact for nearly 400 years, and is drawing numerous visitors to the festival "Oshiro Matsuri," which is held every year in the spring time when cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
The city also has various kinds of cultural assets and traditional skills that have been passed on for generations.