Tōhoku, Aomori

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Tōhoku
東北町
Town
Tōhoku Town Hall
Tōhoku Town Hall
Flag of  Tōhoku
Flag
Official seal of  Tōhoku
Seal
Location of Tōhoku in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Tōhoku in Aomori Prefecture
 Tōhoku is located in Japan
 Tōhoku
Tōhoku
 
Coordinates: 40°43′41″N 141°15′28″E / 40.72806°N 141.25778°E / 40.72806; 141.25778Coordinates: 40°43′41″N 141°15′28″E / 40.72806°N 141.25778°E / 40.72806; 141.25778
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
District Kamikita
Area
 • Total 326.50 km2 (126.06 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2017)
 • Total 18,217
 • Density 55.8/km2 (145/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Red Pine
- Flower Sakura
- Bird Swan
Phone number 0176-56-3111
Address 4-32-484 Kamikita-Minami, Tohoku-machi, Kamikita-gun, Aomori-ken 039-2492
Website Official website
Lake Ogasawara from Tōhoku town

Tōhoku (東北町, Tōhoku-machi) is a town located in Kamikita District of northeastern Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. As of 31 January 2017, the town had an estimated population of 18,217 and a population density of 55.8 persons per km² in 7,216 households.[1] The total area of the town was 326.50 square kilometres (126.06 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Tōhoku is located in north-central Aomori Prefecture, bordering on the west shore of Lake Ogawara. The town 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 Tōhoku is 9.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1217 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.1 °C.[2]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

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

Census Year Population
1970 23,588
1980 22,587
1990 21,553
2000 20,591
2010 19,105

History[edit]

During the Edo period, the area around Tōhoku was controlled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain, becoming part of the territories of Shichinohe Domain in the latter half of the Edo period. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, Katchi (甲地村, Katchi-mura) was created. It was elevated to town status on November 1, 1963, at which time it was renamed to its present name. The neighboring town of Kamikita merged with Tōhoku on March 31, 2005.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Tōhoku is heavily dependent on an agriculture, based primarily on production of nagaimo, daikon and carrots as well as lake fish, including smelt, icefish and shijimi.

Education[edit]

Tōhoku has seven public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Noted people from Tōhoku[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Tōhoku, Aomori at Wikimedia Commons