Gosen, Niigata

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Gosen
五泉市
City
Gosen City Hall
Gosen City Hall
Flag of Gosen
Flag
Official seal of Gosen
Seal
Location of Gosen in Niigata
Location of Gosen in Niigata
Gosen is located in Japan
Gosen
Gosen
 
Coordinates: 37°44′40″N 139°10′57.4″E / 37.74444°N 139.182611°E / 37.74444; 139.182611Coordinates: 37°44′40″N 139°10′57.4″E / 37.74444°N 139.182611°E / 37.74444; 139.182611
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture NIigata
Government
 • - Mayor Katsumi Itoh (since February 2010)
Area
 • Total 351.91 km2 (135.87 sq mi)
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 50,870
 • Density 145/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Sakura
• Flower Paeonia suffruticosa
Phone number 0250-43-3911
Address 1094-1 Ota, Gosen-shi, Niigata-ken 959-1692
Website www.city.gosen.niigata.jp

Gosen (五泉市 Gosen-shi?) is a city located in north-central Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan. As of 1 June 2016, the city had an estimated population of 50,870 and a population density of 145 persons per km². Its total area was 351.91 square kilometres (135.87 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Gosen is located in an inland region of north-central Niigata Prefecture. The Agano River flows through the city.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Gosen was part of ancient Echigo Province. Under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan, parts of what is now Kashiwazaki were under the control of Muramatsu Domain, a minor fudai feudal domain ruled by a junior branch of the Hori clan.[1] The town of Gosen was created with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The modern city of Gosen was established on November 3, 1954, from the merger of the town of Gosen with the village of Sumoto, Kawahigashi and Hashida (all from Kitakanbara District). On January 1, 2006, the town of Muramatsu (from Nakakanbara District) was merged into Gosen.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Gosen is primarily agricultural; however, due to its proximity to Niigata, it is increasingly becoming a bedroom community with over 20% of the working population commuting to Niigata daily.

Education[edit]

Gosen has eleven public elementary schools and five public middle schools. There are two public high schools, and also one special education school. Niigata University's Department of Agriculture has a field test farm in Gosen

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Sakihana onsen

Notable people from Gosen[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Domains of Japan (Japanese)

External links[edit]