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Shintō (榛東村 Shintō-mura) is a village located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2015, the village had an estimated population of 14,343, and a population density of 514 persons per km2. Its total area is 27.92 km2.
Shintō village office
Location of Shintō in Gunma Prefecture
|• Total||27.92 km2 (10.78 sq mi)|
|• Density||514/km2 (1,330/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Flower||Lilium auratum|
|• Bird||Japanese bush-warbler|
|Address||1258-1 Yamakoda, Shintō-mura, Kitagunma-gun, Gunma-ken 370-3593|
The area of present-day Shintō contains numerous kofun burial mounds from the 6th century. On April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration, Momonoi village was established within Nishigunma District, Gunma. In 1896, Nishigunma District was united with Kataoka District to create Gunma District, which was subsequently divided in 1949 with Momonoi village becoming part of Kitagunma District. The village was the scene of the Girard incident in 1957, in which an American soldier stationed at Shintō shot and killed a Japanese civilian, sparking a jurisdictional dispute between the Japanese and American governments. In 1957, a portion of Sōma village was merged with Momonoi village. Momonoi was renamed Shintō on August 1, 1959.
Traditionally, the economy of Shintō was heavily dependent on agriculture; however, the area has developed into a bedroom community for neighboring Takasaki and Maebashi. The village also hosts JGSDF Camp Soumagahara, home of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force JGSDF 12th Brigade
- Shintō Middle School
- Kita Elementary School
- Minami Elementary School
Shintō is not served by any railway services. The nearest station is Gumma-Sōja in the city of Maebashi to the south. Shintō is not served by any national highways.