Shichinohe, Aomori

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Shichinohe Town Hall
Shichinohe Town Hall
Flag of Shichinohe
Official seal of Shichinohe
Location of Shichinohe in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Shichinohe in Aomori Prefecture
Shichinohe is located in Japan
Coordinates: 40°44′40.90″N 141°09′28.6″E / 40.7446944°N 141.157944°E / 40.7446944; 141.157944Coordinates: 40°44′40.90″N 141°09′28.6″E / 40.7446944°N 141.157944°E / 40.7446944; 141.157944
PrefectureAomori Prefecture
 • Total337.23 km2 (130.21 sq mi)
(January 31, 2017)
 • Total16,268
 • Density48.2/km2 (125/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
• TreeGinkgo biloba
• FlowerRhododendron
• BirdGreen pheasant
Phone number0176-68-2111
Address131-4 Morinoue, Shichinohe-machi, Kitakami-gun,Aomori-ken 039-2792
Shichinohe Shrine

Shichinohe (七戸町, Shichinohe-machi) is a town located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 January 2017, the town had an estimated population of 16,268, and a population density of 48.2 persons per km2, in 6,820 households.[1] The total area of the town is 337.23 square kilometres (130.21 sq mi).


Shichinohe is in central Aomori Prefecture, bordering on the Hakkōda Mountains. The town has a cold humid climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Shichinohe is 9.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1233 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.1 °C.[2]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]


Shichinohe began as one of a series of numbered fortified settlements established by the Nanbu clan in the late Heian period to control their new territories in Nukada District of northern Ōshū. Shichinohe Castle was controlled by a branch of the Nanbu clan for several generations until the end of Sengoku period, when in 1591, the Shichinohe Nanbu clan opposed the forces of Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the Kunohe Rebellion and were defeated. The clan survived as hatamoto under the main lineage of the Nanbu clan at Morioka Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. Shichinohe Domain, a subsidiary domain of Morioka Domain was created in 1819.

During the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, Shichinohe Village was incorporated. It was elevated to town status in 1949. On March 31, 2005, the neighboring village of Tenmabayashi was merged into the town of Shichinohe. Shichinohe-Towada Station on the Tōhoku Shinkansen opened on December 4, 2010. This restored a rail link to the town after the closure of the Nanbu Jūkan Railway connecting Shichinohe Station with Noheji Station in 1997.


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Shichinohe has declined over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 23,974
1980 22,707
1990 21,237
2000 19,357
2010 16,763


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


Shichinohe has four public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Aomori Prefectural Board of Education.The town also has one special education school, and an agricultural vocational school.




International relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Shichinohe[edit]

  • Takegoro Ebina – jockey
  • Takehiro Hashimoto – professional baseball player
  • Kaiki Nobuhidesumo wrestler
  • Uichi Takayama - artist


  1. ^ Official home page
  2. ^ Shichinohe climate data
  3. ^ Shichinohe population statistics
  4. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ "七戸城跡 しちのへじょうあと". Cultural Heritage Online (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  6. ^ "二ツ森貝塚 ふたつもりかいづか". Cultural Heritage Online (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 25 December 2016.

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