Ōsato, Miyagi

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Ōsato
大郷町
Town
Ōsato Town hall
Ōsato Town hall
Flag of Ōsato
Flag
Official seal of Ōsato
Seal
Location of Ōsato in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Ōsato in Miyagi Prefecture
Ōsato is located in Japan
Ōsato
Ōsato
 
Coordinates: 38°25′28″N 141°0′16″E / 38.42444°N 141.00444°E / 38.42444; 141.00444Coordinates: 38°25′28″N 141°0′16″E / 38.42444°N 141.00444°E / 38.42444; 141.00444
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
District Kurokawa
Area
 • Total 82.02 km2 (31.67 sq mi)
Population (May 2014)
 • Total 8,510
 • Density 102/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Common cuckoo
Phone number 0229-43-2111
Address 5-8 Kasukawa Nishinagasaki, Ōsato-chō, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-3592
Website Official website

Ōsato (大郷町 Ōsato-chō?) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of May 2014, the town had an estimated population of 8,510 and a population density of 104 persons per km². The total area was 82.02  km².

Geography[edit]

Ōsato is located in central Miyagi Prefecture.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Ōsato was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period by the Emishi people. During the Nara period, gold was discovered in the area. During later portion of the Heian period, the area was ruled by the Northern Fujiwara. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.

Ōsato Village was established on July 1, 1954 with the merger of the villages of Ōya, Ōmatsuzawa and Kasukawa. Ōsato was raised to town status on April 1, 1959.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Ōsato is largely based on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of rice and jute.

Transportation[edit]

Ōsato is not serviced by any rail lines. The nearest train station is Atago Station on the Tōhoku Main Line in the neighboring town of Matsushima. Likewise, Ōsato is not on the national highway network.

Noted people from Ōsato[edit]

External links[edit]

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