Kosuge (小菅村, Kosuge-mura) is a village located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 October 2018[update], the village had an estimated population of 701, and a population density of 13 persons per km². The total area of the village is 52.65 square kilometres (20.33 sq mi).
View of Kosuge Village
Location of Kosuge in Yamanashi Prefecture
|• Total||52.78 km2 (20.38 sq mi)|
(October 1, 2018)
|• Density||13/km2 (34/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||4698 Kosuke-mura, Kitatsuru-gun, Yamanashi 409-0211|
Kosuge is located in the mountainous far northeastern corner of Yamanashi Prefecture. The municipality consists of eight hamlets of Hashidate, Kawaike, Tadamoto, Nakagumi, Tobu, Shirasawa, Konagata, Nagasaku. The seven villages from Hashidate to Konagata are along the Kobuchi River in the Tama River water system, and the Nagakushi village is along the Tsurugawa River in the Sagami River water system. The hamlets have elevations between 540 and 780 meters. Forest occupies 95% of the total area of the village, with 30% protected watershed forest within the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park, providing water for the Tokyo Metropolis.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Kosuge has decreased over the past 40 years.
The village has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Kosuge is 8.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1552 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.1 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.2 °C.
During the Edo period, all of Kai Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in July 1, 1889, the village of Kosuge was created within Kitatsuru District, Yamanashi. Discussions to merge with the neighboring city of Kōshū, Yamanashi in 2008 have been shelved.
The economy of Kosuge is primarily based on forestry and agriculture.
Kosuge has one public elementary school and one public junior high school operated by the village government. The village does not have a high school.
Media related to Kosuge, Yamanashi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)