Ina, Nagano

Ina (伊那市, Ina-shi) is a city located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2019, the city had an estimated population of 68,177 in 27587 households,[1] and a population density of 100 persons per km². The total area of the city is 667.93 square kilometres (257.89 sq mi). In 2016, the former town of Takatō, now part of Ina, was selected as one of The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan.[2]


Ina City Hall
Ina City Hall
Flag of Ina
Official seal of Ina
Location of Ina in Nagano
Location of Ina in Nagano
Ina is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°49′39.1″N 137°57′14.3″E / 35.827528°N 137.953972°E / 35.827528; 137.953972Coordinates: 35°49′39.1″N 137°57′14.3″E / 35.827528°N 137.953972°E / 35.827528; 137.953972
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
 • Total667.93 km2 (257.89 sq mi)
 (March 2019)
 • Total68,177
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreeMaple
• FlowerSakura
• BirdRock ptarmigan
Phone number0265-78-4111
Address3050 Ina, Ina-shi, Nagano-ken 396-8617
WebsiteOfficial website
Sakura at Takatō Castle, Ina


Ina-Shi, Nagano, Japan

Ina is located in south-central Nagano prefecture. It is bordered to the east by the Akaishi Mountains, including Mount Nyukasa (1955 meters), Mount Nokogiri (2685 meters), Mount Senjō (3033 meters), and Mount Shiomi (3047 meters). The Tenryū River runs through the city.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Ina has grown gradually over the past 40 years.

1940 60,997—    
1950 72,314+18.6%
1960 68,691−5.0%
1970 65,347−4.9%
1980 67,544+3.4%
1990 70,639+4.6%
2000 71,552+1.3%
2010 71,100−0.6%


The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Ina is 12.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1387 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.7 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.3 °C.[4]


The area of present-day Ina was part of ancient Shinano Province. The area was part of the holdings of Takatō Domain during the Edo period and Ina developed as a jōkamachi surrounding Ina Castle and as a river port on the Tenryū River. The village of Ina was established within Ina District the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889 and was raised to town status on October 15, 1897. The town of Ina merged with the villages of Tomigata, Misuzu, Tera, Higashiharuchika and Nishiminowa (all from Kitaiina District) to form the city of Ina on April 1, 1954. Ina annexed the village of Nishiharuchika in 1965. On March 31, 2006, Ina absorbed the town of Takatō, and the village of Hase (both from Kamiina District to create the new and expanded city of Ina.


Ina has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 21 members.


The economy of Ina is largely agricultural, with rice, pears, tomatoes and dairy farming as major components. The manufacturing sector includes electronics and precision instrumentation.[5] Rubycon Corporation, an electronic components company has its headquarters in the city.[6]


Ina has 15 public elementary schools and six public middle schools operated by the city government. There are three public high schools operated by the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education and one private high school. The prefecture also operated one special education school.

The city has one international school (Colégio Desafio) - Brazilian primary school[7])




Sister city relationsEdit



Local attractionsEdit


  1. ^ Ina City official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ 公式サイト > 伊那市高遠町 (in Japanese)
  3. ^ Ina population statistics
  4. ^ Ina climate data
  5. ^ Campbell, Allen; Nobel, David S (1993). Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Kodansha. p. 596. ISBN 406205938X.
  6. ^ "Corporate Overview." Rubycon Corporation Retrieved on June 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ina, Nagano at Wikimedia Commons