Matsumae, Hokkaido

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Matsumae
松前町
Town
Matsumae Castle (July 2004)
Matsumae Castle (July 2004)
Flag of Matsumae
Flag
Location of Matsumae in
Location of Matsumae in
Matsumae is located in Japan
Matsumae
Matsumae
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 41°26′N 140°7′E / 41.433°N 140.117°E / 41.433; 140.117Coordinates: 41°26′N 140°7′E / 41.433°N 140.117°E / 41.433; 140.117
Country Japan
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Postal code(s) 049-1592
Area code(s) 0139
Website http://www.e-matsumae.com

Matsumae (松前町 Matsumae-chō?) is a town located in Matsumae District, Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. The former home of the Matsumae Han, it has an Edo period castle, Matsumae Castle, the only one in Hokkaido, and Ryūun-in.

The total area of the town is 293.11 square kilometres (113.17 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

The town is located on the southern end of the Matsumae Peninsula. In addition the town governs the two islands in the Tsugaru Strait, Oshima and Kojima.[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 7,843 and a density of 26.7 persons per km².

History[edit]

  • 1900 Fukuyama town was founded.
  • 1940 Fukuyama changed its name to Matsumae.
  • 1953 Matsumae Line opened.
  • 1954 Matsumae town, Oshima village, Osawa village, and Kojima village were merged to form Matsumae town.
  • 1988 Matsumae Line was abolished. [2]

Education[edit]

High school[edit]

  • Hokkaido Matsumae High School (the southernmost high school in Hokkaido)[3]

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Matsumae, Hokkaidō at Wikimedia Commons