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Funagata Town Hall
Location of Funagata in Yamagata Prefecture
|• Total||119.03 km2 (45.96 sq mi)|
|• Density||48.6/km2 (126/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Japanese pagoda tree|
|- Flower||Kobushi Magnolia|
|Address||263 Funagata, Funagata-machi, Mogami-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-4601|
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).
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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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