Imabetsu, Aomori

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Imabetsu
今別町
Town
Imabestu Post Office
Imabestu Post Office
Flag of Imabetsu
Flag
Official seal of Imabetsu
Seal
Location of Imabetsu in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Imabetsu in Aomori Prefecture
Imabetsu is located in Japan
Imabetsu
Imabetsu
 
Coordinates: 41°2′37″N 140°37′58″E / 41.04361°N 140.63278°E / 41.04361; 140.63278Coordinates: 41°2′37″N 140°37′58″E / 41.04361°N 140.63278°E / 41.04361; 140.63278
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
District Higashitsugaru
Area
 • Total 125.28 km2 (48.37 sq mi)
Population (February 2015)
 • Total 2,739
 • Density 21.9/km2 (57/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
- Tree Hiba
- Flower Chrysanthemum
- Bird Common gull
Phone number 0174-35-2001
Address Aomori-ken Higashitsugaru-gun, Imabetsu-machi, Imabetsu 167
030-1502
Website www.town.imabetsu.lg.jp

Imabetsu (今別町?, Imabetsu-machi) is a town located in Higashitsugaru District of northwestern Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. As of February 2015, the town has an estimated population of 2,739 and a population density of 21.9 persons per km2. Its total area is 125.28 km2.

Geography[edit]

Imabetsu occupies the northern coastline of Tsugaru Peninsula, facing Tsugaru Strait. The town has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall. Much of the town is within the limits of the Tsugaru Quasi-National Park.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area around Imabetsu was controlled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain during the Edo period. During the cadastral reform of 1889, Minmaya, Kanita and Tairadate villages were separated from Imabetsu, which was also organized as a village. On March 31, 1955, Imabetsu annexed the neighboring village of Ippongi.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Imabetsu (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.4
(34.5)
2.0
(35.6)
5.6
(42.1)
11.9
(53.4)
16.5
(61.7)
19.8
(67.6)
23.4
(74.1)
25.9
(78.6)
22.8
(73)
17.1
(62.8)
10.4
(50.7)
4.4
(39.9)
13.43
(56.17)
Average low °C (°F) −3.5
(25.7)
−3.3
(26.1)
−1.1
(30)
3.2
(37.8)
7.8
(46)
12.1
(53.8)
16.8
(62.2)
18.9
(66)
14.8
(58.6)
8.8
(47.8)
3.4
(38.1)
−1.1
(30)
6.4
(43.51)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 136.0
(5.354)
100.9
(3.972)
91.6
(3.606)
96.6
(3.803)
105.9
(4.169)
78.3
(3.083)
149.7
(5.894)
163.7
(6.445)
171.7
(6.76)
143.9
(5.665)
167.9
(6.61)
154.1
(6.067)
1,560.3
(61.428)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 171
(67.3)
141
(55.5)
88
(34.6)
5
(2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
14
(5.5)
103
(40.6)
522
(205.5)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 32.2 55.1 115.1 177.7 197.7 169.7 142.2 158.5 145.0 133.4 66.9 33.9 1,427.4
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

Economy[edit]

The economy of Imabetsu is heavily dependent on commercial fishing. Some of the locally caught seafood include sea urchin roe, sea cucumber, scallops, abalone and squid.

Education[edit]

Imabetsu has one elementary school, one middle school and one high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Imabetsu, Aomori at Wikimedia Commons