Tamano City

Introduction of Tamano City


About Tamano City

 Message of Mayor

Tamano is a city with a mild climate and limited amount of rain throughout the year and is located in the southern part of Okayama Prefecture.
Tamano city is on the seaside facing the Seto Inland Sea National Park.
It has many wonderful locations with opportunities for sightseeing.
In addition to Shibukawa Beach, one of the most famous beaches in western Japan, and Ojigadake Hill where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea, there are many more fascinating sightseeing spots.
These include Miyama Park, the largest urban park in Okayama Prefecture where you can enjoy all seasons in the year.
In this website, we have introduced not only the major services of municipal office for residents and facilities in the municipal office, but also many sightseeing spots in order to provide visitors with information for a better understanding of Tamano.
There is also information about cities around the world that have exchanges with Tamano.
I hope all of you will take this opportunity to come and see wonderful features in Tamano City.


Mayor
Susumu Kuroda, Mayor of Tamano City


 The development of Tamano City

The current form of Tamano City was first completed in 1940 after the amalgamation of Uno-town and Hibi-town as Yamada-village, Shonai-village, Hachihama-town, and Toji-town merged.
Tamano City is one of famous cities for shipbuilding in Japan, and thus, the town developed together with the progress of the shipbuilding industry.
In addition to the shipbuilding industries, copper refining is another major industry in Tamano city and the salt industry is also prosperous due to the climate and weather in the area.
As mentioned here, many companies developed together with the city and thus became assimilated in the community and still operate in Tamano.
Tamano City used to be an important gateway of transportation between Honshu Main Island and Shikoku Island.
The situation of the prosperous city changed dramatically after the Utaka Ferry Service terminated after the opening of Seto Ohashi Bridge in 1988.
Because of the bridge and the termination of ferry services, the transportation system required to change its form and port functions which used to be the base of city’s prosperity needed to reform.
In order to breakthrough, the reformation of the city area was planned and completed in 2006 based on the Uno Port Renovation Plan in which the Uno Port area was designated as a cultural exchange zone and Tai area was designated as a logistic zone.
Tamano City is taking up the challenge to create new bustling areas.
Tamano City is also famous for agricultural products.
The agricultural products including eggplants, pears, rice, wheat, and flowers are grown in broad areas of Tamano City.
The municipal office of Tamano City is also enthusiastically promoting activities to create a city with a high rate of satisfaction through enhancing regional identities.



 Geography and climate

Tamano City can be mainly divided into two major areas. Approximately 60% of the total area of Tamano City is forest having rich nature and the remaining 40%, is plain residential and agricultural fields.
The plain fields spread in the agricultural areas in the eastern and northwest parts of the city.
As mentioned earlier, in Tamano City we have many fine days and very little rain, the annual volume of rainfall is approximately 1,000mm.
We rarely have snow in winter and thus the climate is very calm and stable throughout the year, providing people a good condition in which to live.




 City flower, tree, and fish

A perennial flower of ericaceae, having bright pink and vermillion flowers in the spring and summer.
The azaleas in this region are of mainly of two types, “Koba-tsutsuji” and “Yama-tsutsuji”.
This flower is common for citizens of Tamano City as they are not only beautiful in the wild, but also in the gardens as they are relatively easy to grow.



The standard name of this tree widely used in Japan is “Ubame-gashi” (Quercus phillyraeoides). This evergreen tree belongs to the Fagaceae family and grows in warm climates near the ocean.
The tree grows from a berry of acorn. The shiny and thick leaves are resistive to ocean winds are widely used for Bonsai, garden trees, and hedges.
The acorn is an important tree which represents Tamano city.


The standard name of this fish widely used in Japan is “Kasago” (Scorpaenoidei).
This winsome fish having large eyes in a large head and stickers on its back looks like a fish with a bamboo hat (Kasa).
This is the reason why this fish is called the Kasago. We catch a lot of this delicious rockfish along the coast of Tamano City.
This tasty small fish loved by citizens in Tamano represents other small fish that we have in the Seto Inland Sea.




 Location, population, and area

Location of city hall
     : 1-27-1 Uno, Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture
Country name :  Japan
Population   :  67,047 (2005 by census)
            (Male: 32,166, Female: 34,881)
Area      :  103.63km2 (As of April 1, 2007)





 Access to Tamano City
Access
( By train )
Approximately 40 minutes on the Uno-line from Okayama Station

( By bus )
Approximately 40 minutes by super-express bus from Okayama Station(Bus runs every 30 minutes)

( By car )
Approximately 40 minutes from the Kojima Interchange of the Seto Chuo Expressway via Route 430 (approximately 19 Km).





Sister cities, friendship cities, and exchange cities

Sister cities and friendship cities
【Outside of Japan】

Tong Yong, Kyongsang-namdo in Korea
Since August 3, 1981



Jiujiang, Jiangxi in China
Since October 5, 1996




Gloucester, Massachusetts in USA
Since July 23, 2004


【Domestic】

Okaya, Nagano Prefecture
Since October 1, 1980



Exchange city

Chuo ward, Tokyo
(Disaster prevention agreement)
Since July 29, 1996









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