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Nagano Prefecture

                   
Nagano Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese 長野県
 • Rōmaji Nagano-ken

Symbol of Nagano Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Island Honshu
Capital Nagano
Government
 • Governor Shuichi Abe
Area
 • Total 13,585.22 km2 (5,245.28 sq mi)
Area rank 4th
Population (February 1, 2011)
 • Total 2,148,425
 • Rank 16th
 • Density 158.14/km2 (409.6/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code JP-20
Districts 14
Municipalities 77
Flower Gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri)
Tree White birch (Betula platyphylla var. japonica)
Bird Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Website www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/gaikokugo/index.htm

Nagano Prefecture (長野県 Nagano-ken?) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of the island of Honshu.[1] The capital is the city of Nagano.[2]

Contents

  History

  Map of Nagano Prefecture
  Hida Mountains (Aug 2006)

Nagano was formerly known as the province of Shinano.[3] This province was divided among many local daimyo during the Sengoku period.

Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.

  Geography

Nine of the twelve highest mountains in Japan can be found in this inland prefecture. Nagano is also the prefecture which is bordered by the highest number of other prefectures and it contains the location which is the furthest point from the sea within Japan. One of its lakes is Lake Kizaki, a beach resort popular for its water attractions and games.

The province's mountains have made it relatively isolated, and many visitors come for its mountain resorts and hot springs.

As of 1 April 2012, 21% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Chichibu Tama Kai, Chūbu-Sangaku, Jōshin'etsu Kōgen, and Minami Alps National Parks; Myōgi-Arafune-Saku Kōgen, Tenryū-Okumikawa, and Yatsugatake-Chūshin Kōgen Quasi-National Parks; and Chūō Alps, Enrei Ōjō, Hijiriyama Kōgen, Mibugawa Suikei, Ontake, and Tenryū Koshibu Suikei Prefectural Natural Parks.[4]

  Cities

Nineteen cities are located in Nagano Prefecture:

  Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district:

Aoki
Nagawa
Sakaki
Asahi
Chikuhoku
Ikusaka
Omi
Yamagata
Iijima
Minamiminowa
Minowa
Miyada
Nakagawa
Tatsuno
Iizuna
Ogawa
Shinano
Obuse
Takayama
Agematsu
Kiso (village)
Kiso (town)
Nagiso
Ōkuwa
Ōtaki
Hakuba
Ikeda
Matsukawa
Otari
Karuizawa
Miyota
Tateshina
Kawakami
Kitaaiki
Koumi
Minamiaiki
Minamimaki
Sakuho
Achi
Anan
Hiraya
Matsukawa
Neba
Ōshika
Shimojō
Takagi
Takamori
Tenryū
Toyooka
Urugi
Yasuoka
Sakae
Kijimadaira
Nozawaonsen
Yamanouchi
Fujimi
Hara
Shimosuwa

  Mergers

  Transportation

  Railway

  Road

  Expressways

  National highways

  Airports

  Education

  Universities

  Tourism

  Zenkō-ji

  Prefectural symbols


  Sister cities

  Personalities

  • Nagano's former governor, Yasuo Tanaka, is an independent who has made a reputation internationally for attacking Japan's status quo. Among other issues, he has refused national government money for construction projects that he deems unnecessary, such as dams, and has overhauled (locally) the press club system that is blamed for limiting government access to journalists who give favorable coverage. Tanaka was voted out from office on August 6, 2006 and was replaced by Jin Murai.
  • Sasuke competitor Shinji Kobayashi, who works as a garbage man, is from Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture.

  Notes

  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Nagano prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 682 at Google Books; "Chūbu" at p. 126 at Google Books
  2. ^ Nussbaum, "Nagano" at p. 682 at Google Books
  3. ^ Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" in p. 780 at Google Books
  4. ^ "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture". Ministry of the Environment. http://www.env.go.jp/en/nature/nps/park/doc/files/np_6.pdf. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 

  References

  External links

Coordinates: 36°15′N 138°6′E / 36.25°N 138.1°E / 36.25; 138.1

   
               

 

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