Kin, Okinawa

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Kin
金武町
—  Town  —
Kin Town Office
Location of Kin in Okinawa
Kin, Okinawa is located in Japan
Kin
 
Coordinates: 26°27′22″N 127°55′34″E / 26.45611°N 127.92611°E / 26.45611; 127.92611Coordinates: 26°27′22″N 127°55′34″E / 26.45611°N 127.92611°E / 26.45611; 127.92611
CountryJapan
RegionKyūshū
PrefectureOkinawa
DistrictKunigami
Area
 • Total37.57 km2 (14.51 sq mi)
Population (December, 2012)
 • Total11,390
 • Density300/km2 (790/sq mi)
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols
- TreeChinese fan palm
- FlowerSakura
Phone number098-968-2111
Address1 Aza Kin, Kin-cho, Kunigami-gun
904-1292
WebsiteKin official website (Japanese)
 
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Kin
金武町
—  Town  —
Kin Town Office
Location of Kin in Okinawa
Kin, Okinawa is located in Japan
Kin
 
Coordinates: 26°27′22″N 127°55′34″E / 26.45611°N 127.92611°E / 26.45611; 127.92611Coordinates: 26°27′22″N 127°55′34″E / 26.45611°N 127.92611°E / 26.45611; 127.92611
CountryJapan
RegionKyūshū
PrefectureOkinawa
DistrictKunigami
Area
 • Total37.57 km2 (14.51 sq mi)
Population (December, 2012)
 • Total11,390
 • Density300/km2 (790/sq mi)
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols
- TreeChinese fan palm
- FlowerSakura
Phone number098-968-2111
Address1 Aza Kin, Kin-cho, Kunigami-gun
904-1292
WebsiteKin official website (Japanese)

Kin (金武町 Kin-chō?, Kunigami & Okinawan: Chin) is a town located in Kunigami District, Okinawa, Japan.

In 2012, the town had an estimated population of 11,390 and a density of 300 persons per km2.[1] The total area is 37.57 square kilometres (14.51 sq mi).

Additionally, Kin is home to some of the finest awamori, a Japanese spirit, of the main island of Okinawa. It is also home to Camp Hansen—a U.S. Marine Corps base that supports ground combat, communications, 31st MEU(SOC), 7th Communication Battalion, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3d MEF Headquarters Group, 3 MEF Special Operations Training Group Small Craft Raid Platoon and other battle elements.

Kin is home to the Dragon Brand of awamori, with a beautiful Buddhist shrine built in 1522, and a 270 meter natural cave known as Kin Shonyudo that doubles as both a place of worship and a cellar for aging bottles of the drink. Both locations are popular with the Japanese, but little-known to most Westerners, making their visit a must-do activity for any adventurer.

Historically, Kin is known as an entertainment location for the U.S. Marines stationed there.

Although there have been recent military backlashes in Okinawa, Kin is very welcoming to the military, as they receive income for such things as port use, tourism, prostitution and sex trade, and merchants. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Marines from U.S. 3d Marine Division were able to leave directly out of the ports in Kin via HSV Ferry to deploy to other areas in the Far East rather than flying.

References

  1. ^ "人口・世帯数 [Populations, Households]" (in Japanese). Kin, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan: Town of Kin. 2012. http://www.town.kin.okinawa.jp/site/view/index.jsp. Retrieved Dec. 27, 2013.