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Kiso (木祖村, Kiso-mura) is a village located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2019, the village had an estimated population of 2,877 in 1116 households [1], and a population density of 20 persons per km². The total area of the village is 140.50 square kilometres (54.25 sq mi).

Kiso

木祖村
Kiso Village Hall
Kiso Village Hall
Flag of Kiso
Flag
Official seal of Kiso
Seal
Location of Kiso Village in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Kiso Village in Nagano Prefecture
Kiso is located in Japan
Kiso
Kiso
 
Coordinates: 35°56′10.7″N 137°46′59.3″E / 35.936306°N 137.783139°E / 35.936306; 137.783139Coordinates: 35°56′10.7″N 137°46′59.3″E / 35.936306°N 137.783139°E / 35.936306; 137.783139
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
PrefectureNagano
DistrictKiso
Area
 • Total140.50 km2 (54.25 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2019)
 • Total2,877
 • Density20/km2 (53/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeAesculus turbinata
• FlowerGentiana scabra
Phone number0264-36-2001
Address1191 Yabuhara, Kiso-mura, Kiso-gun, Nagano-ken 399-6201
WebsiteOfficial website
Yabuhara-juku in Kiso Village

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GeographyEdit

Kiso is located in west-central Nagano Prefecture, in the valley of the Kiso River.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Kiso has decreased over the past 50 years.

YearPop.±%
1940 4,362—    
1950 5,010+14.9%
1960 4,899−2.2%
1970 4,375−10.7%
1980 4,190−4.2%
1990 4,300+2.6%
2000 3,596−16.4%
2010 3,135−12.8%

ClimateEdit

The village has a climate characterized by characterized by cool and humid summers, and cold winters with heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Dfb). The average annual temperature in Iijima is 5.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1860 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 18.6 °C, and lowest in January, at around -6.7 °C.[3]

Climate data for Kiso Village, Nagano
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.4
(34.5)
2.3
(36.1)
6.7
(44.1)
14.9
(58.8)
20.3
(68.5)
23.3
(73.9)
26.6
(79.9)
28.2
(82.8)
23.2
(73.8)
17.3
(63.1)
11.3
(52.3)
4.9
(40.8)
15.1
(59.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.9
(26.8)
−2.5
(27.5)
1.1
(34.0)
8.0
(46.4)
13.6
(56.5)
17.6
(63.7)
21.1
(70.0)
22.2
(72.0)
17.9
(64.2)
11.3
(52.3)
5.4
(41.7)
0.1
(32.2)
9.4
(48.9)
Average low °C (°F) −7.6
(18.3)
−7.5
(18.5)
−3.9
(25.0)
1.9
(35.4)
7.8
(46.0)
12.9
(55.2)
17.0
(62.6)
17.8
(64.0)
13.7
(56.7)
6.6
(43.9)
0.6
(33.1)
−4.3
(24.3)
4.6
(40.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 80.3
(3.16)
81.6
(3.21)
98.5
(3.88)
95.3
(3.75)
121.2
(4.77)
165.5
(6.52)
195.8
(7.71)
134.2
(5.28)
168.4
(6.63)
109.8
(4.32)
76.4
(3.01)
70.3
(2.77)
1,397.1
(55.00)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 180
(71)
147
(58)
91
(36)
8
(3.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1
(0.4)
9
(3.5)
89
(35)
525
(207)
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[4]

HistoryEdit

Kiso village is located in former Shinano Province. The area developed as Yabuhara-juku, a post station on the Nakasendō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto during the Edo period. The present village of Kiso was established on April 1, 1889 by the establishment of the modern municipalities system.

TransportationEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kiso Village official statistics‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Kiso population statistics
  3. ^ Iijima climate data
  4. ^ "平年値(年・月ごとの値)". Japan Meteorological Agency.

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