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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
 • MayorNaoyoshi Watanabe
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

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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..

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.[4]

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.[5]

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. 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.

EducationEdit

Colleges and universitiesEdit

Primary and secondary schoolsEdit

Minokamo has nine public elementary schools and two public middle schools and one combined middle/high school operated by the city government. The city has two public high schools operated by the Gifu Prefectural Board of Education, and the prefecture also operates one special education school..

TransportationEdit

Sister city relationsEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Notable people from MinokamoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 市の紹介. Minokamo official website (in Japanese). Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  2. ^ Minokamo city official statistics ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
  3. ^ Minokamo population statistics
  4. ^ Minokamo climate data
  5. ^ 生活情報 > Q&A: 美濃加茂市の面積が知りたい. Minokamo official website (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.

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