Left:Chikazue lantern float on Noshiro Tanabata Festiwal on every August, Right:Kimiichi Heartfull Bell, Another float at Noshiro Tanabata Festival, A pond in Window of Matsubara, A sunset view of Mount Range of Shirakami and Yoneshiro River.(above to bottom)
Location of Noshiro in Akita Prefecture
|First official recorded||658 AD|
|City Settled||September 26, 1940|
|• -Mayor||Saitō Shigenobu|
|• Total||426.95 km2 (164.85 sq mi)|
(December 31, 2019)
|• Density||120/km2 (320/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||1-3 Uemachi, Noshiro-shi, Akita-ken 016-8501|
Noshiro (能代市, Noshiro-shi) is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 December 2019[update], the city had an estimated population of 52,283 in 24,284 households, and a population density of 120 persons per km². The total area of the city is 526.95 square kilometres (203.46 sq mi).
Noshiro is located in the flat coastal plains northwestern Akita Prefecture, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west. The Yoneshiro River flows through the city and empties into the Sea of Japan near Noshiro Port. The highest point is Mount Yakeyama at 963.1 metres (3,160 ft).
Per Japanese census data, the population of Noshiro has been declining over the past 60 years.
Noshiro has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October. The average annual temperature in Noshiro is 12.3 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1467 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.3 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.8 °C.
|Climate data for 能代（1981-2010）|
|Average high °C (°F)||2.6
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−0.1
|Average low °C (°F)||−2.8
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||37.0||64.7||125.6||175.3||191.8||179.0||166.6||196.3||156.4||144.2||82.0||41.2||1,560.1|
|Source: Japan Meteorological Agency|
Per the Nihon Shoki and other ancient chronicles, Noshiro is the location where an expedition sent by the Yamato Court led by Abe no Hirafu landed in 658 AD with orders to force the local Emishi tribes into submission. Trade vessels from Balhae were calling at Noshiro Port as late as 771 AD. The area of present-day Noshiro was part of ancient Dewa Province, dominated by the Satake clan during the Edo period, who ruled Kubota Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The town of Nishirominato was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system.
The city of Noshiro was created by the merger of the town of Noshirominato and the villages of Shinonome and Sakaki (all formerly from Yamamoto District) on October 1, 1940.
Noshiro has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 20 members. The city (together with the towns of Yamamoto District contributes four members to the Akita Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Aichi District 2 of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
Noshiro has ten public elementary schools and seven public junior high schools operated by the city government, and five public high schools operated by the Akita Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates one special education school for the handicapped.
- Odate-Noshiro Airport - opened in 1998
Sister city relations
- - Wrangell, Alaska, United States, since December 16, 1960
- Kaze no Matsubara - one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment 
- Noshiro Swimming Beach
- Noshiro Onsen
- Noshiro Yakutanabata
- Tenku no Fuyajo
- Noshiro Port Fireworks Festival in 2008 had 150,000 visitors.
- Onagori Festival in Noshiro Kanto matsuri, Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Samba Carnival and more. In 2008, 250,000 people visited.
Noted people from Noshiro
- Masumi Asano, voice actress
- Hosei Norota, politician
- Shuji Ono, Basketball head coach
- Takashi Ono, Olympic gymnast
- Sadatoshi Sugawara, Olympic volleyball player
- Hisashi Yamada, professional baseball player
- Noshiro City official statistics (in Japanese)
- Noshiro population statistics
- Noshiro climate data
- "Odate 1981-2010". JMC. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
- 第1章 地方拠点都市地域にかかる整備の方針に関する事項 (PDF). Noshiro official website (in Japanese). Noshiro city. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "100 Soundscapes of Japan". Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
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