Wakuya, Miyagi

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Wakuya
涌谷町
Town
Wakuya Castle
Wakuya Castle
Flag of Wakuya
Flag
Official seal of Wakuya
Seal
Location of Wakuya in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Wakuya in Miyagi Prefecture
Wakuya is located in Japan
Wakuya
Wakuya
 
Coordinates: 38°32′N 141°08′E / 38.533°N 141.133°E / 38.533; 141.133Coordinates: 38°32′N 141°08′E / 38.533°N 141.133°E / 38.533; 141.133
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
District Tōda
Area
 • Total 82.08 km2 (31.69 sq mi)
Population (May 2014)
 • Total 16,954
 • Density 207/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Cryptomeria
- Flower Sakura
Phone number 0229-43-2111
Address 153-2 Shin-machi ura, Wakuya-chō, Tōda-gun, Miyagi-ken 987-0192
Website Official website

Wakuya (涌谷町 Wakuya-chō?) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2014, the town had an estimated population of 16,954 and a population density of 207 persons per km². The total area was 82.08  km². The area is noted for its rice production.

Geography[edit]

Wakuya is in north-central Miyagi Prefecture.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Wakuya was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period by the Emishi people. During the Nara period, gold was discovered in the area. During later portion of the Heian period, the area was ruled by the Northern Fujiwara. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The modern town of Wakuya was established on June 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system. The town annexed the neighboring village of Moto-Wakuya on December 1, 1948, and the village of Nonodake on July 15, 1955. The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami destroyed numerous buildings in the town, and resulted in one fatality.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Wakuya is largely based on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of rice, spinach, and spring onions.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

National highways[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Kogane Jinja – Shinto shrine founded in the Nara period (national Historic Site)
  • Wakuya Castle

Noted people from Wakuya[edit]

External links[edit]