Hashikami, Aomori

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Hashikami
階上町
Town
Hashikami Town Office
Hashikami Town Office
Flag of Hashikami
Flag
Official seal of Hashikami
Seal
Location of Hashikami in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Hashikami in Aomori Prefecture
Hashikami is located in Japan
Hashikami
Hashikami
 
Coordinates: 40°27′9″N 141°37′16″E / 40.45250°N 141.62111°E / 40.45250; 141.62111Coordinates: 40°27′9″N 141°37′16″E / 40.45250°N 141.62111°E / 40.45250; 141.62111
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
District Sannohe
Area
 • Total 94.01 km2 (36.30 sq mi)
Population (March 1, 2017)
 • Total 13,900
 • Density 148/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Zelkova serrata
• Flower Rhododendron
• Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0178-88-2111
Address 1-87 Dobutsu, Hashikami-cho, Sannohe-gun, Aomori-ken 039-1201
Website www.town.hashikami.aomori.jp

Hashikami (階上町?, Hashikami-chō) is a town located in Sannohe District of southeastern Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. As of As of 1 March 2017, the town had an estimated population of 13,900 and a population density of 148 persons per km2 in 5,906 households.[1] The total area of the town was 94.01 square kilometres (36.30 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Hashikami occupies the far southeast corner of Aomori Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean. The coastline is rugged and highly indented, forming numerous small bays. Inland, the land is hilly, rising to the west to a height of 740 metres (2,430 ft) at the highest point. A portion of the coastal areas of the town were within the borders of the Tanesashi Kaigan Hashikamidake Prefectural Natural Park, which was incorporated into the Sanriku Fukkō National Park in 2013.[2][3]

The town has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool, short summers and long, cold winters with heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Hashikami is 9.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1172 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.2 °C.[4]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[5] the population of Hashikami has peaked at around the year 2000 and is in gradual decline.

Census Year Population
1970 9,279
1980 10,199
1990 12,959
2000 15,618
2010 14,702

History[edit]

The area around Hashikami has been inhabited since ancient times, and a number of Buddhist temples in the area claim to have been founded in the Nara period or Heian period. During the Edo period, it was controlled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain, and after 1664 was part of Hachinohe Domain. During the cadastral reform of 1889, Hashikami Village was proclaimed from the merger of eight small hamlets. It was elevated to town status on May 1, 1980.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Hashikami is heavily dependent on commercial fishing and agriculture, including the raising of chickens and pigs. The town also serves as a bedroom community for the nearby city of Hachinohe.

Education[edit]

Hashikami has six public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the town government, and one public elementary school and public middle school shared with Hachinohe. The town does not have a high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Hashikami[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official home page
  2. ^ 基礎情報 [Basic Information] (in Japanese). Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "National park of restoration". The Japan Times. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Hashikami climate data
  5. ^ Hashikami population statistics

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