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Umi (宇美町 Umi-machi ?) is a town located in Kasuya District, Fukuoka, Japan.

As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 38,545 and a density of 1,275.48 persons per km². The total area is 30.22 km².

The town has a river, the Umigawa flowing through it, a large Hachiman shrine, and some ancient burial mounds. (Kofun) It is reputedly the birthplace of Emperor Ōjin, an early Japanese Emperor.

A railway was built in 1919 to facilitate the removal of coal, but this local industry ended in 1963. The railway line was closed in 1985 and has been made into a pleasant semi rural walkway. Umi is still linked to Hakata by another JR line, the Sasaguri Line. Ban-dai sake is also made in Umi.

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Coordinates: 33°34′N 130°31′E / 33.567°N 130.517°E / 33.567; 130.517


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