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 Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido
Location of Matsumae in Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido
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
CountryJapan
PrefectureHokkaido
DistrictMatsumae
Government
 • MayorHideo Ishiyama (石山 英雄)
Area
 • Total293.11 km2 (113.17 sq mi)
Population
(2016)
 • Total7,843
 • Density27/km2 (69/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreePine
 • FlowerCherry blossom
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
Postal code(s)
049-1592
Area code(s)0139
City hall addressAza Fukiyama 248, Matsumae-chō, Matsumae-gun, Hokkaidō
049-1592
Websitewww.town.matsumae.hokkaido.jp

Matsumae (松前町, Matsumae-chō) is a town located in 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]

  1. ^ "gotyuuikudasai" (in Japanese). 松前町役場. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  2. ^ Matsumae Line Archived 2015-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Hokkaido Matsumae High School
  4. ^ Sister cities of Omihachiman
  5. ^ Interaction with sister city, Matsumae
  6. ^ Sister cities of Date

External links[edit]

Media related to Matsumae, Hokkaidō at Wikimedia Commons