Sumita, Iwate

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Sumita
住田町
Town
Sumita Town Hall
Sumita Town Hall
Flag of Sumita
Flag
Official seal of Sumita
Seal
Location of Sumita in Iwate Prefecture
Location of Sumita in Iwate Prefecture
Sumita is located in Japan
Sumita
Sumita
 
Coordinates: 39°08′31″N 141°34′33″E / 39.14194°N 141.57583°E / 39.14194; 141.57583Coordinates: 39°08′31″N 141°34′33″E / 39.14194°N 141.57583°E / 39.14194; 141.57583
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Iwate
District Kesen
Government
 • -Mayor Kin'ichi Tada
Area
 • Total 334.83 km2 (129.28 sq mi)
Population (August 2014)
 • Total 5,884
 • Density 17.56/km2 (45.5/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Cryptomeria
• Flower Large-flowered cypripedium
• Bird Copper pheasant
Phone number 0192-46-2111
Address Setamai, Aza Kawamukai 96-1, Sumita-cho, Kensen-gun, Iwate-ken 029-2396
Website Official website
The Kesen River in Sumita

Sumita (住田町 Sumita-chō?) is a town located in Kesen District, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2014, the town had an estimated population of 5,935 and a population density of 17.7 persons per km2. The total area was 334.83  km2.

Geography[edit]

Sumita is located in a basin in southeastern Iwate Prefecture in the southern Kitakami Mountains, surrounded by peaks with an elevation of between 600 and 1300 meters an all sides. Approximately 74% of the town’s area is covered by forest.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Sumita was part of ancient Mutsu Province. It was under the control of the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The villages of Kamiarisu, Shimoarisu and Setamai within Kesen District were created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipality system. Setamai became a town on April 29, 1940. The Kamiarisu and Shimoarisu merged with Setamai on April 1, 1955 to create the town of Sumita.

Economy[edit]

The local economy is based on forestry and agriculture.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

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External links[edit]

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