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Kobayashi

Kobayashi is a city located in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1950.As of May 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 47,328, with 19,924 households and a population density of 80.45 persons per km². The total area is 563.09 km². Like the city of Miyakonojō, Kobayashi is suffering from a declining population.MergersOn March 20, 2006, the village of Suki (from Nishimorokata District) was merged into Kobayashi, roughly doubling the city's size.On March 23, 2010, the town of Nojiri (also from Nishimorokata District) was also merged into Kobayashi.ProductsKobayashi is famous for producing pears.Places of interestInyoseki: A fertility shrine a which people pray to conceive children. The site has a natural rock formation that resembles a phallus. Ikoma Plateau: At an elevation of 540m, the plateau offers a view of the city from its magnificent flower garden with the Kirishima Mountain Range at its back. October is Cosmos season while April/May feature Icelandic poppies. Idenoyama Park: Home of the Firefly Festival every May. Features a freshwater aquarium, restaurants specializing in carp dishes, and beautiful lakefront scenery. Sannomiya Gorge: Featuring a cliff which is 32m high and stretching 60m wide. Suki Suspension Bridge and Mamako Falls: Crossing the bridge leads to a view of this waterfall cluster. The falls are named after a legend which tells of a cruel stepmother who took her six-year-old stepdaughter to the falls to murder her. However, the child had tied their sashes together without the stepmother realizing, and when the stepmother pushed the girl over, they both fell to their deaths.
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