Noshiro City Hall
Location of Noshiro in Akita Prefecture
|• -Mayor||Saitō Shigenobu|
|• Total||426.95 km2 (164.85 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2016)|
|• Density||128/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||1-3 Uemachi, Noshiro-shi, Akita-ken 016-8501|
Noshiro is located in the flat coastal plains northwestern Akita Prefecture, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west. The Yoneshiro River flows through the city and empties into the Sea of Japan near Noshiro Port. The highest point is Mount Yakeyama at 963.1 metres (3,160 ft)
Per the Nihon Shoki and other ancient chronicles, Noshiro is the location where an expedition sent by the Yamato Court led by Abe no Hirafu landed in 658 AD with orders to force the local Emishi tribes into submission. Trade vessels from Balhae were calling at Noshiro Port as late as 771 AD.
The modern city of Noshiro was created on October 1, 1940, by the merger of the town of Noshirominato, and the villages of Shinonome and Sakaki (all formerly from Yamamoto District).
The economy of Noshiro is based on agriculture and commercial fishing.
Noshiro has 12 elementary schools, seven middle schools and four high schools, and well as one special education school.
- Odate-Noshiro Airport - opened in 1998
- JR East - Ōu Main Line
- JR East - Gonō Line
Sister city relations
- - Wrangell, Alaska, United States, since December 16, 1960
- Kaze no Matsubara - one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment 
- Noshiro Swimming Beach
- Noshiro Onsen
- Noshiro Port Fireworks Festival in 2008 had 150,000 visitors.
- Onagori Festival in Noshiro Kanto matsuri, Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Samba Carnival and more. In 2008, 250,000 people visited.
Noted people from Noshiro
- Takashi Ono – Olympic gymnast
- Hisashi Yamada – professional baseball player
- Sadatoshi Sugawara – Olympic volleyball player
- Hosei Norota – politician
- Masumi Asano – voice actress
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