Funagata, Yamagata

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Funagata

舟形町
Funagata Town Hall
Funagata Town Hall
Flag of Funagata
Flag
Official seal of Funagata
Seal
Location of Funagata in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Funagata in Yamagata Prefecture
Funagata is located in Japan
Funagata
Funagata
 
Coordinates: 38°41′N 140°19′E / 38.683°N 140.317°E / 38.683; 140.317Coordinates: 38°41′N 140°19′E / 38.683°N 140.317°E / 38.683; 140.317
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureYamagata
DistrictMogami
Area
 • Total119.03 km2 (45.96 sq mi)
Population
 (October 2013)
 • Total5,788
 • Density48.6/km2 (126/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeJapanese pagoda tree
- FlowerKobushi Magnolia
Phone number0233-32-2111 
Address263 Funagata, Funagata-machi, Mogami-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-4601
Websitehttp://www.town.funagata.yamagata.jp/

Funagata (舟形町, Funagata-machi) is a town located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of October 2013, the town has an estimated population of 5,788, and a population density of 48.6 persons per km². The total area is 119.03 square kilometres (46 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Funagata is located in mountainous north-central eastern Yamagata Prefecture. The Mogami River runs through the town. The area is known for extremely heavy snowfall in winter.[citation needed]

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History[edit]

The area of present-day Funagata was part of ancient Dewa Province and is mentioned in Nara period documents as a location of a fortified settlement on the road connecting Akita Castle on the Sea of Japan with Tagajo on the Pacific coast. During the Sengoku period, the area was under the control of the Mogami clan. During the Edo period, the Funagata was a river port on the Mogami River and a post station on the sankin kotai route to Edo and for pilgrims en route to the Three Mountains of Dewa. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Mogami District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern village of Funagata was established on April 1, 1889. It was elevated to town status on December 1, 1954.

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