Rokunohe, Aomori

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Rokunohe Town Office
Rokunohe Town Office
Flag of Rokunohe
Official seal of Rokunohe
Location of Rokunohe in  Aomori Prefecture
Location of Rokunohe in Aomori Prefecture
Rokunohe is located in Japan
Coordinates: 40°36′34.3″N 141°19′29.3″E / 40.609528°N 141.324806°E / 40.609528; 141.324806Coordinates: 40°36′34.3″N 141°19′29.3″E / 40.609528°N 141.324806°E / 40.609528; 141.324806
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
District Kamikita
 • Total 83.89 km2 (32.39 sq mi)
Population (February 28, 2017)
 • Total 11,001
 • Density 131/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Maple
- Flower Mountain cherry
- Bird Lark
Phone number 0176-55-3111
Address Inuotose, Rokunohe-machi, Kitakami-gun, Aomori-ken 039-2932
Komaki Onsen

Rokunohe (六戸町, Rokunohe-machi) is a town located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 28 February 2017, the town had an estimated population of 11,001, and a population density of 131 persons per km², in 4,328 households.[1] The total area of the town is 83.89 square kilometres (32.39 sq mi)


Rokunohe is in east-central Aomori Prefecture, in relatively flat lands watered by the Oirase River. The town has a humid climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Rokunohe is 9.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1201 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.6 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.2 °C.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Rokunohe has remained relatively stable over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 10,193
1980 10,532
1990 10,615
2000 10,481
2010 10,242

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]


Rokunohe began as one of a series of fortified settlements established by the Nanbu clan in the late Heian period to control their new territories in Nukada District of northern Ōshū, although the area never developed into an independent village. During the Edo period, the area was controlled by Morioka Domain, becoming part of the territory assigned to Shichinohe Domain in the later half of the Edo period. During the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, Rokunohe Village was proclaimed from the merger of seven small hamlets. On February 1, 1948, a portion of Rokunohe was merged into neighboring Misawa. The remaining portion of Rokunohe was elevated to town status on October 1, 1957.


The economy of Rokunohe is heavily dependent on agriculture and stock raising. Primary crops include rice, Japanese yam, carrots and garlic.


Rokunohe has three public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the town government. The town has one public high school operated by the Aomori Prefectural Board of Education.



The Towada Kankō Electric Railway Line, which had following five stations in the town, was discontinued in 2012. Since that time, Rokunohe has not had any passenger railway service.


Local attractions[edit]

  • Komaki onsen
  • Kumano Jinja (claimed to have been founded in 844 AD)

Noted people from Rokunohe[edit]

  • Tatsuya Araidai – professional karate athlete


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