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Matsumae, Hokkaido

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Country  Japan
Subprefecture  Oshima Subprefecture
Post code  049-1592
Population  9,568 (31 Mar 2009)
Prefecture  Hokkaido
District  Matsumae
Area code(s)  0139
Local time  Wednesday 6:02 PM
Matsumae, Hokkaido wwwjapanguidecomg10destinationmatsumaetopjpg
Weather  3°C, Wind NW at 11 km/h, 66% Humidity
Points of interest  Matsumae Castle, Matsumae Park, Kozenji, Matsumae Clan Mansion, Cape Shirakami

Matsumae (松前町, Matsumae-chō) is a town located in Matsumae District, Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. The former home of the Matsumae Han, it has an Edo period castle, Matsumae Castle, the only one in Hokkaido, and Ryūun-in.


Map of Matsumae, Matsumae District, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

The total area of the town is 293.11 square kilometres (113.17 sq mi).


The town is located on the southern end of the Matsumae Peninsula. In addition the town governs the two islands in the Tsugaru Strait, Oshima and Kojima.


As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 7,843 and a density of 26.7 persons per km².


  • 1900 Fukuyama town was founded.
  • 1940 Fukuyama changed its name to Matsumae.
  • 1953 Matsumae Line opened.
  • 1954 Matsumae town, Oshima village, Osawa village, and Kojima village were merged to form Matsumae town.
  • 1988 Matsumae Line was abolished.
  • High school

  • Hokkaido Matsumae High School (the southernmost high school in Hokkaido)
  • Sister cities

  • Omihachiman, Shiga (since 1984)
  • Masaki, Ehime (since 1990)
  • Date, Fukushima (since 2011)
  • References

    Matsumae, Hokkaido Wikipedia

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