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Komagane (駒ヶ根市, Komagane-shi) is a city located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2019, the city had an estimated population of 32,210 in 12937 households [1], and a population density of 190 persons per km². The total area of the city is 165.86 square kilometres (64.04 sq mi).

Komagane

駒ヶ根市
Komagane City Hall
Komagane City Hall
Flag of Komagane
Flag
Official seal of Komagane
Seal
Location of Komagane in Nagano
Location of Komagane in Nagano
Komagane is located in Japan
Komagane
Komagane
 
Coordinates: 35°43′43.6″N 137°56′1.9″E / 35.728778°N 137.933861°E / 35.728778; 137.933861Coordinates: 35°43′43.6″N 137°56′1.9″E / 35.728778°N 137.933861°E / 35.728778; 137.933861
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
PrefectureNagano
Area
 • Total165.86 km2 (64.04 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2019)
 • Total32,210
 • Density190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreePinus densiflora
• FlowerLily of the valley
• InsectScarlet dwarf dragonfly
Phone number0265-83-2111
Address20-1 Akasu-cho, Komagane-shi, Nagano-ken 399-4129
WebsiteOfficial website
Komagane City from Mount Tokura

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GeographyEdit

Komagane is located in a north-south valley of the Tenryu River between the Central and Southern Alps in south-central Nagano Prefecture at an average elevation of 676 meters[1]. It is situated at the 220 km marker on the southern (Nagoya) branch of the Chūō Expressway,

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Komagane has grown gradually over the past 40 years.

YearPop.±%
1960 25,579—    
1970 28,913+13.0%
1980 31,179+7.8%
1990 32,771+5.1%
2000 34,338+4.8%
2010 33,696−1.9%

ClimateEdit

The city has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Komagane is 11.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1486 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.3 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.4 °C.[3]

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Komagane was part of ancient Shinano Province. The city was founded on July 1, 1954 by the merger of the towns of Akaho and Miyata with the villages of Nakasawa and Ina (all from Kamiina District).

GovernmentEdit

Komagane has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 15 members.

EconomyEdit

The economy of Komagane is largely agricultural, with rice and pears, along with sake brewing as major components. The manufacturing sector includes electronics and precision instrumentation. Seasonal tourism is also an important contributor to the local economy.[4]

EducationEdit

Komagane has five public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the city government. The city has two public high schools operated by the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education. The Nagano College of Nursing is located in Komagane.

TransportationEdit

International relationsEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Despite relatively poor transportation infrastructure (there is no Shinkansen link and the existing railway is a single track local line), the city derives a large proportion of its overall income from tourism. The Silk Museum is situated to the east of the city, while on the western side of town the Komagatake Ropeway (gondola) ascends Mount Komagatake in the Central Alps. The city has several popular tourist hotels (including one on the mountain which is only accessible via the ropeway), a youth hostel, onsen and a ski resort.

  • Kōzen-ji, Buddhist temple with Japanese garden, one of the National Places of Scenic Beauty.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Komagane City official statistics‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Komagane population statistics
  3. ^ Komagane climate data
  4. ^ Campbell, Allen; Nobel, David S (1993). Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Kodansha. p. 820. ISBN 406205938X.

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