Minokamo, Gifu

Minokamo (美濃加茂市, Minokamo-shi) is a city located in Gifu, Japan. As of 1 January 2019, the city had an estimated population of 56,972 and a population density of 74.81 persons per km2, in 22,508 households.[2] The total area of the city was 74.81 square kilometres (28.88 sq mi).

Minokamo

美濃加茂市
View of Downtown Minokamo, Kiso River and Mount Ontake, from Mount Hatobuki
View of Downtown Minokamo, Kiso River and Mount Ontake, from Mount Hatobuki
Flag of Minokamo
Flag
Official seal of Minokamo
Seal
Location of Minokamo in Gifu Prefecture
Location of Minokamo in Gifu Prefecture
Minokamo is located in Japan
Minokamo
Minokamo
 
Coordinates: 35°26′24.8″N 137°0′56.4″E / 35.440222°N 137.015667°E / 35.440222; 137.015667Coordinates: 35°26′24.8″N 137°0′56.4″E / 35.440222°N 137.015667°E / 35.440222; 137.015667
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu
PrefectureGifu
Government
 • MayorSeiichi Ito
Area
 • Total74.81 km2 (28.88 sq mi)
Population
 (January 1, 2019)
 • Total56,972
 • Density760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
- TreeAphananthe aspera[1]
- FlowerHydrangea[1]
Phone number0574-25-2111
Address3431-1 Ōta-chō, Minokamo-shi, Gifu-ken 505-8606
WebsiteOfficial website
Minokamo city hall

GeographyEdit

Minokamo is located in south-central Gifu Prefecture in the Nōbi Plain, between the Hida Mountains and the Kiso River.

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Minokamo has increased rapidly over the past 40 years. Notably, the proportion of foreign nationals residing in the city is very high for Japan, at 9.2% as of October 2020.[4] The foreign residents are predominantly from Brazil or the Philippines, with small but growing Chinese and Vietnamese populations.[5]

Census Year Population
1970 35,075
1980 39,531
1990 43,013
2000 50,063
2010 54,729

ClimateEdit

The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Minokamo is 15.2 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1982 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.5 °C.[6]

Climate data for Minokamo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.6
(61.9)
20.3
(68.5)
24.7
(76.5)
30.2
(86.4)
33.6
(92.5)
36.1
(97.0)
37.9
(100.2)
39.5
(103.1)
38.4
(101.1)
32.6
(90.7)
25.1
(77.2)
21.9
(71.4)
39.5
(103.1)
Average high °C (°F) 8.0
(46.4)
9.2
(48.6)
13.1
(55.6)
19.5
(67.1)
24.1
(75.4)
27.3
(81.1)
30.9
(87.6)
32.7
(90.9)
28.4
(83.1)
22.5
(72.5)
16.4
(61.5)
10.8
(51.4)
20.2
(68.4)
Average low °C (°F) −1.8
(28.8)
−1.4
(29.5)
1.8
(35.2)
7.4
(45.3)
12.6
(54.7)
17.8
(64.0)
21.9
(71.4)
22.9
(73.2)
19.1
(66.4)
12.0
(53.6)
5.6
(42.1)
0.3
(32.5)
9.9
(49.7)
Record low °C (°F) −8.7
(16.3)
−8.6
(16.5)
−8.9
(16.0)
−2.0
(28.4)
1.9
(35.4)
8.3
(46.9)
15.2
(59.4)
15.3
(59.5)
7.8
(46.0)
0.9
(33.6)
−2.5
(27.5)
−6.9
(19.6)
−8.9
(16.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 57.8
(2.28)
72.7
(2.86)
137.1
(5.40)
148.9
(5.86)
187.2
(7.37)
230.0
(9.06)
270.3
(10.64)
156.6
(6.17)
231.3
(9.11)
126.2
(4.97)
92.9
(3.66)
52.3
(2.06)
1,763.3
(69.44)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 8.0 7.7 10.1 10.6 11.3 12.7 13.7 9.2 11.8 9.2 8.2 7.7 120.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 142.9 157.3 187.7 192.8 184.1 143.0 158.0 198.9 156.0 157.5 142.3 145.8 1,966.3
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

HistoryEdit

The area around Minokamo was part of traditional Mino Province. In the Edo period, the area was divided between the holdings of Owari Domain and Naegi Domain, and tenryō holdings directly under the Tokugawa shogunate. Ōta-juku flourished as a post station on the Nakasendō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto. In the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reforms, Kamo District in Gifu prefecture was created. The modern city was formed on April 1, 1954 by the merger of the towns of Ota and Furui with the villages of Yamanoue, Hachiya, Kamono, Ibuka, Shimoyoneda and Miwa.[7]

GovernmentEdit

Minokamo has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 16 members.

EconomyEdit

The area around Minokamo was formerly known for sericulture. Agriculture, including horticulture remains an important component of the local economy, producing crops such as rice, Asian pears, and persimmons. However, since the 1960s, the area has become increasingly industrialized as part of the Chubu Plateau Industrial Zone. Industries include textiles, semiconductor, electronics, machine tools and automotive components, as well as food products.

EducationEdit

Tertiary EducationEdit

Primary and Secondary SchoolsEdit

Minokamo has nine public elementary schools, and two public junior high schools operated by the city government, a junior high school operated by an association between Minokamo City and the neighbouring Tomika Town, and a private combined junior/senior high school, Minokamo Gakuen [ja]. The city has two public high schools operated by the Gifu Prefectural Board of Education, which also operates a special education school.

Minokamo has a Brazilian school, the Colégio Isaac Newton Japão [ja] ("Isaac Newton College Japan"; )[8][9]

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

BusEdit

HighwayEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Minokamo is twinned with:[12]

Local attractionsEdit

  • Shōgen-ji, a Buddhist monastery
  • The Ota-juku area, a post town on the Nakasendo
  • River Port Park Minokamo, a park with river sports activities
  • Gifu-Seiryu Satoyama Park, a prefectural park with outdoor activities
  • Yamazaki Mazak Machine Tools Museum[13]
  • Koyama Kannon Temple
  • Kobi no Tengusan, the main shrine of the Aranagikyō Religion [ja]

Seasonal FestivalsEdit

  • Summer Onsai Festival (on the first weekend of August)
  • Autumn Onsai Festival (in October)
  • Minokamo Citizens' Festival (in November)

Notable people from MinokamoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy" 市の紹介. Minokamo official website (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Minokamo city official statistics (in Japanese)
  3. ^ Minokamo population statistics
  4. ^ "美濃加茂市ホームページ". www.city.minokamo.gifu.jp. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  5. ^ "令和2年外国人住民国籍別男女別集計表" (PDF). Minokamo City Hall. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  6. ^ Minokamo climate data
  7. ^ "Archived copy" 生活情報 > Q&A: 美濃加茂市の面積が知りたい. Minokamo official website (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  9. ^ "Isaac Newton". Isaac Newton. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  10. ^ "パピヨン号(美濃・関・岐阜)|高速バス|小田急バス". odakyubus.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  11. ^ "美濃加茂市コミュニティバス あい愛バス". aiai-bus.com. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  12. ^ "姉妹都市ダボ市の紹介". city.minokamo.gifu.jp (in Japanese). Minokamo. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  13. ^ "ヤマザキマザック工作機械博物館". machine-tools-museum.mazak.com. Retrieved 2020-11-02.

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