Nanbu, Aomori

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Nanbu Town Hall
Nanbu Town Hall
Flag of Nanbu
Official seal of Nanbu
Location of Nanbu in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Nanbu in Aomori Prefecture
Nanbu is located in Japan
Location of Nanbu in Aomori Prefecture
Coordinates: 40°28′1″N 141°22′54″E / 40.46694°N 141.38167°E / 40.46694; 141.38167Coordinates: 40°28′1″N 141°22′54″E / 40.46694°N 141.38167°E / 40.46694; 141.38167
PrefectureAomori Prefecture
 • Total153.12 km2 (59.12 sq mi)
(March 1, 2017)
 • Total18,906
 • Density123/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreeJapanese red pine
• FlowerPeony
• BirdJapanese bush-warbler
Phone number0178-84-2111
Address23-1 Shimojuku, Sannohe-gun, Nanbu-machi, Aomori-ken 039-0802

Nanbu (南部町, Nanbu-chō) is a town located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2017, the town had an estimated population of 18,906, and a population density of 123 persons per km2 in 7482 households.[1] The total area of the town is 153.12 square kilometres (59.12 sq mi).[2]


Nanbu occupies hilly land in the far southeast corner of Aomori Prefecture. Much of the town is mountainous, and 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 Nanbu is 10.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1198 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.1 °C.[3]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Aomori Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture


Per Japanese census data,[4] the population of Nambu has declined over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 24,997
1980 24,495
1990 23,383
2000 22,596
2010 19,840


When the Nanbu clan relocated from Kai Province to their holdings in Mutsu Province in the early Muromachi period, they established their residence and clan temple in what is now the town of Nanbu.[1] During the Edo period, the area was controlled by Morioka Domain and later by Hachinohe Domain. Hirasaki and Muko villages were created with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Nambu Village was created on April 20, 1955 through the merger of former Hirasaki and Muko villages. It was elevated to town status on February 11, 1959. On January 1, 2006, Nanbu merged with Fukuchi and Nagawa into the new town of Nanbu.


Nanbu has eight public elementary schools and four public middle school operated by the town government and one public high school operated by the Aomori Prefectural Board of Education.


The economy of Nanbu is heavily dependent on agriculture, especially horticulture. The main crops are apples, grapes and European pears.




Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Nanbu[edit]

  • Satoru Sakamoto – musician
  • Hirotaka Neichi – professional baseball player
  • Yoshimi Akaishi – voice actor
  • Tsutomu Sakamoto – cyclist, bronze medal winner in 1984 Summer Olympics


  1. ^ a b Official home page
  2. ^ "詳細データ 青森県青森県南部町". 市町村の姿 グラフと統計でみる農林水産業 (in Japanese). Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ Nanbu climate data
  4. ^ Nambu population statistics
  5. ^ "聖寿寺館跡 しょうじゅじたてあと". Cultural Heritage Online (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  6. ^ "青森県内の自然公園" [Natural Parks in Aomori Prefecture] (in Japanese). Aomori Prefecture. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  7. ^ "名久井岳県立自然公園" [Nakuidake Prefectural Natural Park] (in Japanese). Aomori Prefecture. Retrieved 22 August 2012.

External links[edit]

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