Kriyama is a city in the center of the Nakadri region of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of May 2011, the city had an estimated population of 336,328. The total area is 757 Square kilometers. The city was founded on 1 September 1924. It is now designated as a "core city" and functions as a commercial city in Fukushima Prefecture. Kriyama is the second largest conurbation in the Thoku region. Kriyama once thrived as a Shukuba town because of its importance as a traffic focal point. Kriyama was formerly called Asaka(). In the Meiji period, the Meiji government had many samurai reclaim the land to help the poor. As a result, Asaka developed into a big food basket and the population grew. Kriyama was incorporated as a city on 1 September 1924.