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Gosen City Hall
Location of Gosen in Niigata
|Region||Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)|
|• Mayor||Katsumi Itoh (since February 2010)|
|• Total||351.91 km2 (135.87 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2016)|
|• Density||145/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Flower||Paeonia suffruticosa|
|Address||1094-1 Ota, Gosen-shi, Niigata-ken 959-1692|
Gosen (五泉市 Gosen-shi) is a city located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 50,870, and a population density of 145 persons per km². Its total area is 351.91 square kilometres (135.87 sq mi).
Gosen is located in an inland region of north-central Niigata Prefecture. The Agano River flows through the city.
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. 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.
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.
Gosen has eleven public elementary schools and five public junior high 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.
- Sakihana onsen
Notable people from Gosen
- Yoshifumi Kondō (anime director, character designer)
- Kazuya Tsurumaki (anime director)
- Kimio Yanagisawa (manga artist)
-  Domains of Japan (in Japanese)
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- Official Website (in Japanese)