Noshiro City Hall
Location of Noshiro in Akita Prefecture
|• -Mayor||Saitō Shigenobu|
|• Total||426.74 km2 (164.77 sq mi)|
|Population (August 2013)|
|• Density||133/km2 (340/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||1-3 Uemachi, Noshiro-shi, Akita-ken 016-8501|
Noshiro is located in the flat coastal plains northwestern Akita Prefecture, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west.
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 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).
The economy of Noshiro is based on agriculture and commercial fishing.
- Odate-Noshiro Airport - opened in 1998
- JR East - Ōu Main Line
- JR East - Gonō Line
Sister city relations
- - Wrangell, Alaska, United States, since December 16, 1960
- Noshiro Port Fireworks Festival in 2008 had 150,000 visitors.
- Onagori Festival in Noshiro Kanto matsuri, Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Samba Carnival and more. In 2008, 250,000 people visited.
Noted people from Noshiro
- Takashi Ono – Olympic gymnast
- Hisashi Yamada – professional baseball player
- Sadatoshi Sugawara – Olympic volleyball player
- Hosei Norota – politician
- Masumi Asano – voice actress
- 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.
Media related to Noshiro, Akita at Wikimedia Commons
- Noshiro City official website (Japanese)