Komagane (駒ヶ根市 Komagane-shi) is a city located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2019[update], the city had an estimated population of 32,210 in 12937 households , 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 City Hall
Location of Komagane in Nagano
|• Total||165.86 km2 (64.04 sq mi)|
|• Density||190/km2 (500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Tree||Pinus densiflora|
|• Flower||Lily of the valley|
|• Insect||Scarlet dwarf dragonfly|
|Address||20-1 Akasu-cho, Komagane-shi, Nagano-ken 399-4129|
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. It is situated at the 220 km marker on the southern (Nagoya) branch of the Chūō Expressway,
Per Japanese census data, the population of Komagane has grown gradually over the past 40 years.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.