Location of Umi in Fukuoka Prefecture
|• Total||30.22 km2 (11.67 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
The town has a river, the Umigawa, flowing through it, a large Hachiman shrine and a small Protestant church. It also has some ancient burial mounds (kofun). It is reputedly the birthplace of Emperor Ōjin, an early Japanese emperor.
A railway was built in 1919 to facilitate the removal of coal, but this local industry ended in 1963. The railway line was closed in 1985 and has been made into a pleasant semi-rural walkway. Umi still has another JR line, the Kashii Line. Ban-dai sake is also made in Umi.
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