Murata, Miyagi

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Murata
村田町
Town
Murata Town Office
Murata Town Office
Flag of Murata
Flag
Official seal of Murata
Seal
Location of Murata in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Murata in Miyagi Prefecture
Murata is located in Japan
Murata
Murata
 
Coordinates: 38°07′6.7″N 140°43′20.7″E / 38.118528°N 140.722417°E / 38.118528; 140.722417Coordinates: 38°07′6.7″N 140°43′20.7″E / 38.118528°N 140.722417°E / 38.118528; 140.722417
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
District Shibata
Area
 • Total 78.38 km2 (30.26 sq mi)
Population (August 2017)
 • Total 11,287
 • Density 144/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Pine
• Flower Osmanthus fragrans
• Bird Green pheasant
Phone number 0224-83-2111
Address Murata-machi, Shibata-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-1392
Website http://www.town.murata.miyagi.jp/

Murata (村田町, Murata-machi) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 August 2017, the town had an estimated population of 11,287, and a population density of 144 persons per km2 in 3990 households.[1] The total area of the town is 78.38 square kilometres (30.26 sq mi). In September 2014, the 7.4 hectare old centre of town was protected as a Important Preservation District by the national government for its traditional merchant quarter architecture.[2]

Geography[edit]

Murata is located in south-central Miyagi Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. The Shiroishi River runs through the town. Murata has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Murata is 12.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1271 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.5 °C.[3]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[4] the population of Murata remained fairly steady over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 13,337
1980 13,370
1990 13,632
2000 13,166
2010 11,995

History[edit]

The area of present-day Murata was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and was part of the holdings of Sendai Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. The modern village of Murata was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of post-Meiji restoration modern municipalities system. It was promoted to town status on October 31, 1895. The town merged with the neighboring towns on Tomioka and Numabe on April 20, 1955.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Murata is largely based on agriculture.

Education[edit]

Murata has two public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

  • Murata does not have any passenger train service.

Highway[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murata official home page (in Japanese)
  2. ^ 村田町村田伝統的建造物群保存地区 [Murata Groups of Traditional Buildings] (in Japanese). Murata town. Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  3. ^ Murata climate data
  4. ^ Murata population statistics
  5. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Murata, Miyagi at Wikimedia Commons