Funagata, Yamagata

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Funagata
舟形町
Town
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
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
District Mogami
Area
 • Total 119.03 km2 (45.96 sq mi)
Population (October 2013)
 • Total 5,788
 • Density 48.6/km2 (126/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese pagoda tree
- Flower Kobushi Magnolia
Phone number 0233-32-2111 
Address 263 Funagata, Funagata-machi, Mogami-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-4601
Website Official website

Funagata (舟形町, Funagata-machi?) is a town in Mogami District, Yamagata, 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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