Goshogawara, Aomori

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Tachineputa, which is a famous festival in Goshogawara in its modern incarnation since 1996
Tachineputa, which is a famous festival in Goshogawara in its modern incarnation since 1996
Flag of Goshogawara
Official seal of Goshogawara
Location of Goshogawara in Aomori
Location of Goshogawara in Aomori
Goshogawara is located in Japan
Coordinates: 40°48′N 140°26′E / 40.800°N 140.433°E / 40.800; 140.433Coordinates: 40°48′N 140°26′E / 40.800°N 140.433°E / 40.800; 140.433
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
 • - Mayor Masatoshi Hirayama
 • Total 404.56 km2 (156.20 sq mi)
Population (September 1, 2013)
 • Total 56,564
 • Density 140/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Japanese elm
• Flower Nohanashōbu (iris ensata var. spontanea)
• Bird Oriental greenfinch
Phone number 0173-35-2111
Address 12 Iwakichō, Goshogawara-shi, Aomori-ken 037-8686
Website City of Goshogawara

Goshogawara (五所川原市 Goshogawara-shi?) is a City located in northwestern Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan.

As of September 2013, the city has an estimated population of 56,564 and a population density of 140 persons per km2. The total area is 404.56 km2.


Goshogawara occupies two discontinuous areas on Tsugaru Peninsula in western Aomori Prefecture. The larger section is landlocked, and is in the middle of the peninsula, and the smaller section is on the Sea of Japan coast. The city has a hot humid continental climate characterized by short warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. Parts of the city are within the limits of the Tsugaru Quasi-National Park.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]


The area of Goshogawara was part of the holdings of the Tsugaru clan of Morioka Domain in the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, the area became part of Kitatsugaru District in Aomori Prefecture, and was divided into numerous villages in 1889.

On July 1, 1898, Goshogawara was elevated to town status. On October 1, 1954, Goshogawara absorbed the villages of Sakae, Nakagawa, Nagahashi, Matsushima and Iizume to create the city of Goshogawara. On April 1, 1958, Goshogawara absorbed a portion of the town of Kizukuri.

On March 28, 2005, the town of Kanagi, and the village of Shiura (both from Kitatsugaru District) were merged into Goshogawara.


The economy of Goshogawara is mixed. The city serves as a regional commercial center. Agricultural produce includes rice and apples, and commercial fishing includes clams. The main industrial employer is Toshiba, which operates a factory producing HD DVD drives in the city.


Goshogawara has 11 elementary schools, six middle schools and seven high schools.

High schools[edit]


  • Goshogawara High School
  • Goshogawara Technical High School
  • Goshogawara Agriculture and Forestry High School
  • Kanagi High School
  • Kanagi High School - Shiura Branch


  • Goshogawara Daiichi High School
  • Goshogawara Commercial High School




Local Attractions[edit]

Goshogawara is famous for its Tachineputa Festival, held annually from August 4th to August 8th. The tachineputa floats are much taller than their counterparts in Aomori and Hirosaki, reaching heights of up to 23 meters.[1]

Noted people from Goshogawara[edit]


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