Umi, Fukuoka

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Location of Umi in Fukuoka Prefecture
Location of Umi in Fukuoka Prefecture
Umi is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°34′N 130°31′E / 33.567°N 130.517°E / 33.567; 130.517Coordinates: 33°34′N 130°31′E / 33.567°N 130.517°E / 33.567; 130.517
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Fukuoka Prefecture
District Kasuya
 • Total 30.22 km2 (11.67 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 38,545
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Town of Umi

Umi (宇美町 Umi-machi?) is a town located in Kasuya District, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 38,545 and a density of 1,275.48 persons per km². The total area is 30.22 km².

The town has a river, the Umigawa, flowing through it, a large Hachiman shrine and a small Protestant church. It also has some ancient burial mounds (kofun). It is reputedly the birthplace of Emperor Ōjin, an early Japanese emperor.

A railway was built in 1919 to facilitate the removal of coal, but this local industry ended in 1963. The railway line was closed in 1985 and has been made into a pleasant semi-rural walkway. Umi still has another JR line, the Kashii Line. Ban-dai sake is also made in Umi.

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