Sotogahama, Aomori

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Sotogahama
外ヶ浜町
Town
Cape Tappi, northernmost point of Tsugaru Peninsula
Cape Tappi, northernmost point of Tsugaru Peninsula
Flag of Sotogahama
Flag
Official seal of Sotogahama
Seal
Location of Sotagahama in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Sotagahama in Aomori Prefecture
Sotogahama is located in Japan
Sotogahama
Sotogahama
 
Coordinates: 41°02′35.7″N 140°37′56.4″E / 41.043250°N 140.632333°E / 41.043250; 140.632333Coordinates: 41°02′35.7″N 140°37′56.4″E / 41.043250°N 140.632333°E / 41.043250; 140.632333
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureAomori
DistrictHigashitsugaru
Area
 • Total230.29 km2 (88.92 sq mi)
Population (November 2017)
 • Total5,860
 • Density25/km2 (66/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
- TreePine
- FlowerHydrangea
- BirdCommon gull
Phone number0174-31-1111
AddressKanita, Takadoya 44-2, Sotogahama-machi, Higashitsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 030-1393
WebsiteOfficial website
Sotogahama town hall
central Kanita

Sotogahama (外ヶ浜町, Sotogahama-machi) is a town located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 November 2017, the town had an estimated population of 5,860, and a population density of 25.4 persons per km2. The total area of the town is 230.29 square kilometres (88.92 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Sotogahama is in Higashitsugaru District of Aomori Prefecture, and consists of two discontinuous geographic areas in northern Tsugaru Peninsula. The larger area is in the south, and consists of the former town of Kanita with a coastline on Mutsu Bay, and the former village of Tairadate in the centre of northern Tsugaru Peninsula. The smaller area is in the north, and consists of the former village of Minmaya with a coastline on the Tsugaru Strait. Much of the town is within the limits of the Tsugaru Quasi-National Park. The town has a cold humid continental climate (Köppen Cfb) characterized by warm short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Sotogahama is 10.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1267 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 -1.8 °C.[1]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Sotogahama has decreased by more than half over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 16,258
1980 14,955
1990 10,663
2000 9,170
2010 7,089

History[edit]

The Tsugaru Peninsula has been inhabited since Japanese Paleolithic times, and some of the world's oldest pottery has been discovered at the Odai Yamamoto I site.[3][4][5] The area around Sotogahama was controlled by the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain during the Edo period. During the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reform of 1889, Minmaya, Kanita and Tairadate villages were separated from Imabetsu. On March 28, 2005, these three municipalities merged to form the new town of Sotogahama. Minmaya is a geographically discontinuous enclave from the town's center in Kanita.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Sotogahama is heavily dependent on commercial fishing. Some of the locally caught seafood include sea urchin roe, sea pineapple, sea cucumber, scallops, abalone and squid.

Education[edit]

Sotogahama has three public elementary schools and three public junior high schools operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Sotogahama[edit]

  • Jackal Maruyama - a boxer
  • Takuya Tazawa – a nonfiction writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sotogahama climate data
  2. ^ Sotogahama population statistics
  3. ^ Habu Junko (2004). Ancient Jomon of Japan (Case Studies in Early Societies). Cambridge University Press. pp. 34–42. ISBN 978-0-521-77213-6.
  4. ^ "大平山元I遺跡 -日本最古の土器出土-" [Ōdaiyamamoto Ichi Site - Excavation of Japan's Earliest Earthenware] (in Japanese). Aomori Prefecture. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  5. ^ Kaner, S. (2003). "Jomon pottery, Japan". Current World Archaeology. Current Publishing. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  6. ^ Japan Lighthouse Association home page (in Japanese)

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