Noshiro, Akita

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Noshiro
能代市
City
Noshiro City Hall
Noshiro City Hall
Flag of Noshiro
Flag
Official seal of Noshiro
Seal
Location of Noshiro in Akita Prefecture
Location of Noshiro in Akita Prefecture
Noshiro is located in Japan
Noshiro
Noshiro
 
Coordinates: 40°12′43.7″N 140°1′35.8″E / 40.212139°N 140.026611°E / 40.212139; 140.026611Coordinates: 40°12′43.7″N 140°1′35.8″E / 40.212139°N 140.026611°E / 40.212139; 140.026611
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Akita Prefecture
Government
 • -Mayor Saitō Shigenobu
Area
 • Total 426.74 km2 (164.77 sq mi)
Population (August 2013)
 • Total 56,769
 • Density 133/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Phone number 0185-52-2111
Address 1-3 Uemachi, Noshiro-shi, Akita-ken 016-8501
Website Official website

Noshiro (能代市 Noshiro-shi?) is a city located in northern Akita Prefecture, Japan.

As of August 2013, the city has an estimated population of 56,769 and a population density of 133 persons per km². The total area is 526.74 km².

Geography[edit]

Noshiro is located in the flat coastal plains northwestern Akita Prefecture, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

Per the Nihon Shoki and other ancient chronicles, Noshiro is the location where an expedition sent by the Yamato Court led by Abe no Hirafu landed in 658 AD with orders to force the local Emishi tribes into submission. Trade vessels from Balhae were calling at Noshiro Port as late as 771 AD.

The area of present-day Noshiro was part of ancient Dewa Province, dominated by the Satake clan during the Edo period, who ruled Kubota Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The modern city of Noshiro was created on October 1, 1940, by the merger of the town of Noshirominato, and the villages of Shinonome and Sakaki (all formerly from Yamamoto District).

On March 21, 2006, the town of Futatsui (from Yamamoto District) was merged into Noshiro. [1]

Economy[edit]

The economy of Noshiro is based on agriculture and commercial fishing.

Transportation[edit]

Airport[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Seaports[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Festivals[edit]

Noted people from Noshiro[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 第1章 地方拠点都市地域にかかる整備の方針に関する事項. Noshiro official website (in Japanese). Noshiro city. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 

External links[edit]

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