Fukaura, Aomori

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Fukaura
深浦町
Town
Gono Line near Mutsu-Yanagita Station
Gono Line near Mutsu-Yanagita Station
Flag of Fukaura
Flag
Official seal of Fukaura
Seal
Location of Fukaura in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Fukaura in Aomori Prefecture
Fukaura is located in Japan
Fukaura
Fukaura
 
Coordinates: 40°38′N 139°55′E / 40.633°N 139.917°E / 40.633; 139.917Coordinates: 40°38′N 139°55′E / 40.633°N 139.917°E / 40.633; 139.917
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
District Nishitsugaru
Area
 • Total 488.85 km2 (188.75 sq mi)
Population (November 2013)
 • Total 9,020
 • Density 18.5/km2 (48/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Siebold’s Beech
- Flower Far East Amur adonis
- Bird Common gull
Phone number 0173-74-2111
Address 84-2 Nashirozawa, Fukaura-machi, Nishitsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 038-2324
Website Official website

Fukaura (深浦町 Fukaura-machi?) is a town located in Nishitsugaru District of Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. As of November 2013, the town had an estimated population of 9,020 and a population density of 18.5 persons per km². Its total area was 488.85 km2 (188.75 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Fukaura occupies the far southwestern coastline of Aomori Prefecture, facing the Sea of Japan. The town has a cold humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) characterized by warm short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Fukaura (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.1
(55.6)
15.9
(60.6)
22.5
(72.5)
30.5
(86.9)
33.3
(91.9)
34.3
(93.7)
36.7
(98.1)
38.1
(100.6)
35.4
(95.7)
30.9
(87.6)
24.5
(76.1)
20.9
(69.6)
38.1
(100.6)
Average high °C (°F) 2.1
(35.8)
2.5
(36.5)
6.2
(43.2)
12.7
(54.9)
17.2
(63)
21.3
(70.3)
24.7
(76.5)
27.1
(80.8)
23.2
(73.8)
17.2
(63)
10.8
(51.4)
5.1
(41.2)
14.2
(57.5)
Average low °C (°F) −2.6
(27.3)
−2.4
(27.7)
−0.2
(31.6)
4.6
(40.3)
9.3
(48.7)
13.9
(57)
18.4
(65.1)
20.0
(68)
15.6
(60.1)
9.8
(49.6)
4.4
(39.9)
−0.1
(31.8)
7.6
(45.6)
Record low °C (°F) −14.4
(6.1)
−15.2
(4.6)
−11.9
(10.6)
−4.6
(23.7)
−1.2
(29.8)
6.9
(44.4)
9.1
(48.4)
10.3
(50.5)
4.8
(40.6)
−1.5
(29.3)
−5.9
(21.4)
−14.4
(6.1)
−15.2
(4.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 95.3
(3.752)
71.4
(2.811)
71.7
(2.823)
64.3
(2.531)
80.0
(3.15)
110.8
(4.362)
175.8
(6.921)
134.3
(5.287)
136.9
(5.39)
100.1
(3.941)
78.9
(3.106)
93.8
(3.693)
1,213.3
(47.767)
Snowfall cm (inches) 171
(67.3)
142
(55.9)
66
(26)
5
(2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
6
(2.4)
83
(32.7)
473
(186.3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.5 mm) 18.7 16.2 16.8 12.0 11.4 12.4 14.8 11.0 12.9 12.9 15.1 17.5 171.7
Avg. snowy days 27.0 24.3 12.3 0.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 12.4 77.8
 % humidity 69 68 66 69 75 81 85 82 78 71 68 69 73.4
Mean monthly sunshine hours 26.9 46.5 110.1 173.0 191.2 182.5 156.6 179.2 152.3 131.2 64.9 31.6 1,446
Source #1: 平年値(年・月ごとの値)
Source #2: 観測史上1~10位の値(1月としての値) (records)

History[edit]

The area around Fukaura was controlled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain during the Edo period. It became a village in the Nishitsugaru District in 1889, and was elevated to town status on April1 1, 1926. On July 29, 1955, Fukura annexed the neighboring village of Otose. On March 31, 2005 it was merged with the neighboring village of Iwasaki.

Fukaura is the home town of four current sumo wrestlers: Kaiho, Aminishiki, Asofuji and Masatsukasa. It is believed to be the first time that four elite sekitori-ranked wrestlers have come from the same town.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Fukaura is heavily dependent on commercial fishing.

There is also a small tourism industry centered around the Shirakami Sanchi UNESCO World Heritage area, particularly the Juniko Lakes on its periphery.

Aoike at Juniko

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Noted people from Fukaura[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Fukaura, Aomori at Wikimedia Commons