Hashikami Town Office
Location of Hashikami in Aomori Prefecture
|• Total||94.01 km2 (36.30 sq mi)|
|Population (March 1, 2017)|
|• Density||148/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|• Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||1-87 Dobutsu, Hashikami-cho, Sannohe-gun, Aomori-ken 039-1201|
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[update], the town had an estimated population of 13,900 and a population density of 148 persons per km2 in 5,906 households. The total area of the town was 94.01 square kilometres (36.30 sq mi).
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.
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.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Hashikami has peaked at around the year 2000 and is in gradual decline.
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.
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.
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.
Noted people from Hashikami
- Official website (Japanese)
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