Goshogawara
五所川原市

City

Goshogawara City Hall

Flag

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Location of Goshogawara in Aomori

Goshogawara

 

Coordinates: 40°48′N 140°26′E / 40.800°N 140.433°E / 40.800; 140.433Coordinates: 40°48′N 140°26′E / 40.800°N 140.433°E / 40.800; 140.433

Country
Japan

Region
Tōhoku

Prefecture
Aomori Prefecture

Government

 • - Mayor
Masatoshi Hirayama

Area

 • Total
404.56 km2 (156.20 sq mi)

Population (September 1, 2013)

 • Total
56,564

 • Density
140/km2 (400/sq mi)

Time zone
Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

City symbols
 

• Tree
Japanese elm

• Flower
Nohanashōbu (iris ensata var. spontanea)

• Bird
Oriental greenfinch

Phone number
0173-35-2111

Address
12 Iwakichō, Goshogawara-shi, Aomori-ken 037-8686

Website
City of Goshogawara

Goshogawara (五所川原市, Goshogawara-shi?) is a City located in northwestern Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan.
As of September 2013, the city has an estimated population of 56,564 and a population density of 140 persons per km2. The total area is 404.56 km2.

Contents

1 Geography

1.1 Neighbouring municipalities

2 History
3 Economy
4 Education

4.1 High schools

5 Transportation

5.1 Railway
5.2 Highway

6 Local Attractions
7 Noted people from Goshogawara
8 References
9 External links

Geography[edit]
Goshogawara occupies two discontinuous areas on Tsugaru Peninsula in western Aomori Prefecture. The larger section is landlocked, and is in the middle of the peninsula, and the smaller section is on the Sea of Japan coast. The city has a hot humid continental climate characterized by short warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. Parts of the city are within the limits of the Tsugaru Quasi-National Park.
Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Aomori
Tsugaru
Itayanagi
Tsuruta
Nakadomari
Imabetsu
Sotogahama
Yomogita

History[edit]
The area of Goshogawara was part of the holdings of the Tsugaru clan of Morioka Domain in the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, the area became part of Kitatsugaru District in Aomori Prefecture, and was divided into numerous villages in 1889.
On July 1, 1898, Goshogawara was elevated to town status. On October 1, 1954, Goshogawara absorbed the villages of Sakae, Nakagawa, Nagahashi, Matsushima and Iizume to create the city of Goshogawara. On April 1, 1958,
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