Atsumi, Aichi

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Atsumi

渥美町
Former municipality
Flag of Atsumi
Flag
Official seal of Atsumi
Emblem
Location of Atsumi in Aichi Prefecture
Location of Atsumi in Aichi Prefecture
Atsumi is located in Japan
Atsumi
Atsumi
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°42′34.77″N 137°10′54.3″E / 34.7096583°N 137.181750°E / 34.7096583; 137.181750Coordinates: 34°42′34.77″N 137°10′54.3″E / 34.7096583°N 137.181750°E / 34.7096583; 137.181750
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureAichi Prefecture
DistrictAtsumi
MergedOctober 1, 2005
(now part of Tahara)
Area
 • Total82.18 km2 (31.73 sq mi)
Population
 (July 31, 2005)
 • Total22,472
 • Density436.77/km2 (1,131.2/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreePine
 • FlowerChrysanthemum
 • BirdHawk
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)

Atsumi (渥美町, Atsumi-chō) was a town located in Atsumi District, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

As of July 31, 2005, the town had an estimated population of 22,472 and a population density of 436.77 persons per km². Its total area was 82.18 km².

Geography[edit]

Atsumi was located in southwest Aichi Prefecture, at the extreme tip of the Atsumi Peninsula. The town was surrounded by the ocean on three sides, with Mikawa Bay to the north and west, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Parts of the town was within the borders of the Mikawa Wan Quasi-National Park

History[edit]

The area around Atsumi has been settled since prehistoric times, and numerous Jōmon period remains have been found in the area, including shell middens. Pottery from the Heian period and Kamakura periods have also been found. In the Edo period, the part of the area was under the control of Tahara Domain, and part was administered as tenryō directly by the Tokugawa shogunate. The modern town of Atsumi was created on April 15, 1955 by the merger of the former town of Fukue with the villages of Izumi and Iragomisaki. The area was unable to support commercial agriculture until the completion of large-scale irrigation projects in the 1960s.

On October 1, 2005, Atsumi was merged into the expanded city of Tahara, and has ceased to exist as an independent municipality.