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Location of Wakuya in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||82.16 km2 (31.72 sq mi)|
|Population (February 29, 2016)|
|• Density||203/km2 (530/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||153-2 Shin-machi ura, Wakuya-chō, Tōda-gun, Miyagi-ken 987-0192|
Wakuya (涌谷町 Wakuya-chō?) is a town located in Tōda District, Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. As of September 2015, the town had an estimated population of 16,684 and a population density of 203 persons per km². The total area was 82.16 square kilometres (31.72 sq mi). The area is noted for its rice production.
Wakuya is in north-central Miyagi Prefecture.
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.
The economy of Wakuya is largely based on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of rice, spinach, and spring onions.
Has 4 public schools including The First Wakuya Elementary school(涌谷第一小学校), Gesshoukan Elementary school(月将館小学校), Nonodake Elementary school(箟岳小学校), and Wakuya Middle School(涌谷中学校). The Second Wakuya Elementary school(涌谷第二小学校), The Third Wakuya Elementary school(涌谷第三小学校), and Osato Elementary school(小里小学校) got combined due to the decrease of youth population. Nonodake Middle school(箟岳中学校) as well got combined with Wakuya Middle school due to the same reason. http://www.town.wakuya.miyagi.jp/kurashi/kyoiku/kyoiku/sho-naka/shisetsu.html
[The First Wakuya Elementary school]
Address:15 Taccho Aza, Wakuya town, Touda district, Miyagi prefecture, 987-0163 (〒987-0163遠田郡涌谷町字立町15番地)
[Gesshoukan Elementary school]
Address:1 Kobhitocho Aza, Wakuya, Wakuya town, Touda district, Miyagi prefecture 987-0102 (〒987-0121遠田郡涌谷町涌谷字小人町1番地)
[Nonodake Elementary school]
Address:9 Nishiyama Aza, Sumiyoshi, Wakuya town, Touda district, Miyagi prefecture 987-0283 (〒987-0283遠田郡涌谷町吉住字西山9番地)
[Wakuya Middle school]
Address:1-10 Uchibayashi Aza, Wakuya, Wakuya town, Touda district, Miyagi prefecture 987-0121 (〒987-0121遠田郡涌谷町涌谷字内林1番地10)
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Ishinomaki Line
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Kesennuma Line
- Kogane Jinja – Shinto shrine founded in the Nara period (National Historic Site)
- Wakuya Castle
Sister city relations
Noted people from Wakuya
- "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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