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Nakatsugawa (中津川市, Nakatsugawa-shi) is a city located in Gifu, Japan. As of 1 November 2017, the city had an estimated population of 79,635, and a population density of 120 persons per km2.in 30,438 households[2] The total area of the city was 676.45 square kilometres (261.18 sq mi).

Nakatsugawa
中津川市
City
Nakatsugawa City Hall
Nakatsugawa City Hall
Flag of  Nakatsugawa
Flag
Official seal of  Nakatsugawa
Seal
Location of Nakatsugawa in Gifu Prefecture
Location of Nakatsugawa in Gifu Prefecture
 Nakatsugawa is located in Japan
 Nakatsugawa
Nakatsugawa
 
Coordinates: 35°29′15.3″N 137°30′2.1″E / 35.487583°N 137.500583°E / 35.487583; 137.500583Coordinates: 35°29′15.3″N 137°30′2.1″E / 35.487583°N 137.500583°E / 35.487583; 137.500583
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Gifu
Government
 • Mayor Kōji Ōyama (since May 2004)[1]
Area
 • Total 676.45 km2 (261.18 sq mi)
Population (November 1, 2017)
 • Total 79,635
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
- Tree Sciadopitys verticillata
- Flower Enkianthus campanulatus
Phone number 0573-66-1111
Address Kayanoki-chō 2-1, Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu-ken 508-8501
Website Official website
Magome-shuku on the Nakasendō

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GeographyEdit

Nakatsugawa is located in the Tōnō region of far eastern Gifu Prefecture, bordering on Nagano Prefecture. Mount Ena, the southernmost of the Kiso Mountains on the border between Nakatsugawa, Achi and NaganoPrefecture is the highest point in the city, with an elevation of 2,191 metres (7,188 ft). The Kiso River and the Agi River flow through the city.

ClimateEdit

The city has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Nakatsugawa is 13.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1940 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.7 °C.[3]

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[4] the population of Nakatsugawa has remained relatively steady over the past 40 years..

Census Year Population
1970 79,593
1980 83,539
1990 84,410
2000 85,004
2010 80,910

HistoryEdit

The area around Nakatsugawa was part of traditional Mino Province. During the Edo period, much of the area was under the control of Owari Domain, Naegi Domain and Iwamura Domain, or was tenryō under direction control of the Tokugawa shogunate. Nakatsugawa-juku prospered as one of the 69 Stations of the Nakasendō along the Nakasendō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto. In the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reforms, Ena District in Gifu prefecture was created, and Nakatsugawa was proclaimed a town per the April 1, 1897 establishment of the modern municipalities system. Nakatsugawa merged with the town of Naegi in 1951 and was elevated to city status on April 1, 1952. Nakatsugawa annexed the village of Nakamoto in 1954, Ochiai in 1956, and Agi in 1957. On February 13, 2005, the towns of Tsukechi, Fukuoka and Sakashita and the villages of Hirukawa, Kashimo and Kawaue (all from the former Ena District), and the village of Yamaguchi (from Kiso District, Nagano Prefecture) were merged into Nakatsugawa.[5]

GovernmentEdit

Nakatsugawa has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 24 members.

EducationEdit

Colleges and universitiesEdit

Primary and secondary educationEdit

Nakatsugawa has 19 public elementary schools and 12 public middle schools operated by the city government. The city has four public high schools operated by the Gifu Prefectural Board of Education, and one public high school operated by the city government.

TransportationEdit

Sister city relationsEdit

Local attractionsEdit

  • Nakatsugawa is known for its abundant chestnut harvest and the chestnut delicacies known as kurikinton (栗きんとん). Kurikinton are produced by first boiling and then mashing the chestnuts, then mixing them with sugar and reforming them into a chestnut shape. They are widely available during the Autumn months. Many families make their own in their own kitchens, while purchased kurikinton are popular as well for home consumption and as gifts.

Noted people from NakatsugawaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 市長のページ:プロフィール . Nakatsugawa official page (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ official home page (in Japanese)
  3. ^ Nakatsugawa climate data
  4. ^ Nakatsugawa population statistics
  5. ^ "中津川市紹介(HP版)07.03.27" (PDF). Nakatsugawa official website (in Japanese). Retrieved August 19, 2011. 

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