|• Total||99.47 km2 (38.41 sq mi)|
|• Density||47/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||2187 Sakakita, Chikuhoku-mura, Higashichikuma-gun, Nagano-ken 399-7601|
Chikuhoku (筑北村, Chikuhoku-mura) is a village located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 28 February 2018[update], the village had an estimated population of 4,688 in 1873 households, and a population density of 47 persons per km2. The total area of the village is 99.47 square kilometres (38.41 sq mi).
The village has a climate characterized by characterized by cool and humid summers, and cold winters (Köppen climate classification Dfa. The average annual temperature in Chikuhoku is 9.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1227 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around -3.0 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Chikuhoku has decreased by more than half over the past 70 years.
The area of present-day Chikuhoku was part of ancient Shinano Province. Most of the area was under the control of Matsumoto Domain during the Edo period. The villages of Honjō, Sakakita, and Sakai were created with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The village of Chikuhoku was incorporated on October 11, 2005, by a merger of the three villages.
Chikuhoku has three public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the village government, and one middle school operated jointly between Chikuhoku and neighboring Omi village. The village does not have a high school.
Notable people from Chikuhoku
- Tomio Hora, historian
- Village of Chikuhoku. 筑北村の人口 (in Japanese). Retrieved April 6, 2019.
- Village of Chikuhoku. 位置及び地勢 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2007.
- Chikuhoku climate data
- Chikuhoku population statistics
- Village of Chikuhoku. 合併の歴史 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2007.