Shinano, Nagano

Shinano
信濃町
Shinano Town Hall
Shinano Town Hall
Flag of Shinano
Official seal of Shinano
Location of Shinano in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Shinano in Nagano Prefecture
Shinano is located in Japan
Shinano
Shinano
 
Coordinates: 36°48′22.7″N 138°12′25.3″E / 36.806306°N 138.207028°E / 36.806306; 138.207028Coordinates: 36°48′22.7″N 138°12′25.3″E / 36.806306°N 138.207028°E / 36.806306; 138.207028
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
PrefectureNagano
DistrictKamiminochi
Area
 • Total149.30 km2 (57.65 sq mi)
Population
 (March 2019)
 • Total8,339
 • Density56/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Phone number026-255-3111
Address428-2 Kashiwabara, Shinano-machi, Kamiminochi-gun, Nagano-ken 389-1305
ClimateDfa
WebsiteOfficial website
Symbols
BirdJapanese bush warbler
FlowerCosmos
TreePrunus sargentii
Kurohime Ski area

Shinano (信濃町, Shinano-machi) is a town located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 March 2019, the town had an estimated population of 8,339 in 3351 households,[1] and a population density of 56 persons per km². The total area of the town is 149.30 square kilometres (57.65 sq mi).

History

The area of present-day Shinano was part of ancient Shinano Province. The modern village of Shinano was created by the merger of the villages of Kashiwabara and Fujisato on July 1, 1955. Shinano merged with the neighboring villages of Furuma and Shinanojiri to form the town of Shinano on September 30, 1956.

Geography

Shinano is located in far northern Nagano Prefecture, bordered by Niigata Prefecture to the north. Lake Nojiri and Mount Kurohime are in Shinano.

Surrounding municipalities

Climate

The town has a humid continental climate characterized by characterized by short, hot and humid summers, and cold winters with heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Shinano is 9.4 °C (48.9 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,275.1 mm (50.20 in) with July as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.3 °C (72.1 °F), and lowest in January, at around −2.9 °C (26.8 °F).[2]

Climate data for Shinano (1991−2020 normals, extremes 1978−present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.1
(55.6)
16.6
(61.9)
20.9
(69.6)
27.4
(81.3)
29.4
(84.9)
31.9
(89.4)
33.4
(92.1)
34.6
(94.3)
33.0
(91.4)
28.7
(83.7)
22.5
(72.5)
20.6
(69.1)
34.6
(94.3)
Average high °C (°F) 1.3
(34.3)
2.1
(35.8)
6.2
(43.2)
13.6
(56.5)
19.6
(67.3)
22.5
(72.5)
26.1
(79.0)
27.5
(81.5)
23.2
(73.8)
17.1
(62.8)
11.1
(52.0)
4.6
(40.3)
14.6
(58.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.9
(26.8)
−2.5
(27.5)
1.1
(34.0)
7.5
(45.5)
13.4
(56.1)
17.3
(63.1)
21.3
(70.3)
22.3
(72.1)
18.2
(64.8)
11.9
(53.4)
5.6
(42.1)
0.0
(32.0)
9.4
(49.0)
Average low °C (°F) −7.7
(18.1)
−7.6
(18.3)
−3.9
(25.0)
1.8
(35.2)
7.8
(46.0)
13.2
(55.8)
17.8
(64.0)
18.6
(65.5)
14.2
(57.6)
7.3
(45.1)
0.8
(33.4)
−4.3
(24.3)
4.8
(40.7)
Record low °C (°F) −18.7
(−1.7)
−18.2
(−0.8)
−16.2
(2.8)
−11.8
(10.8)
−2.1
(28.2)
3.1
(37.6)
9.2
(48.6)
10.0
(50.0)
2.0
(35.6)
−3.3
(26.1)
−11.3
(11.7)
−17.6
(0.3)
−18.7
(−1.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 109.1
(4.30)
87.8
(3.46)
90.1
(3.55)
67.1
(2.64)
78.4
(3.09)
118.3
(4.66)
177.9
(7.00)
128.1
(5.04)
135.6
(5.34)
111.5
(4.39)
72.6
(2.86)
98.7
(3.89)
1,275.1
(50.20)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 241
(95)
189
(74)
123
(48)
12
(4.7)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
12
(4.7)
149
(59)
726
(286)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 17.9 15.2 14.8 10.7 10.4 11.7 14.5 11.6 11.6 10.7 11.4 16.3 156.8
Average snowy days (≥ 3 cm) 20.5 17.4 13.9 1.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 12.3 67.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 69.7 89.8 128.1 174.3 190.5 139.9 133.7 172.4 123.4 123.8 110.0 87.9 1,543.5
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[3][2]

Demographics

Per Japanese census data,[4] the population of Shinano has declined over the past 70 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1940 11,382—    
1950 14,843+30.4%
1960 13,703−7.7%
1970 12,301−10.2%
1980 11,857−3.6%
1990 11,552−2.6%
2000 10,391−10.1%
2010 9,239−11.1%
2020 7,739−16.2%

Education

Shinano has one combined public elementary/middle school operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school.

Transportation

Railway

Highway

Local attractions

Notable people from Shinano

Administrators

Mayors

  • 1st generation- Shigeichiro Matsuki (October 1956-4th quarter of November 1970)
  • 2nd generation- Kazuo Kobayashi (Nov. 1970-Nov. 4, 1986)
  • 3rd generation- Akio Takeuchi (November 1986-November 1, 1990)
  • 4th generation- Tadakazu Ogusa (Nov. 1990-Nov. 3, 2002)
  • 5th generation- Hiroshi Hattori (November 2002-November 1, 2006)
  • 6th generation- Shigehiro Matsuki (Nov. 2006-Nov. 2, 2014)
  • 7th generation- Masatomo Yokokawa (November 2014 – present)

Town council

  • Number of lawmakers: 12 (term of office: until March 31, 2021)[5]
  • Chair: Moriyama Konomi[6]
  • Since January 2013, it has adopted the “Full Year Assembly”[7]

References

  1. ^ Shinano town official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ a b 気象庁 / 平年値(年・月ごとの値). JMA. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  3. ^ 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値). JMA. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  4. ^ Shinano population statistics
  5. ^ "信濃町議会とは". 信濃町 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  6. ^ "議長のご挨拶". 信濃町 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  7. ^ "信濃町議会のしくみ". 信濃町 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-04-28.

External links

  • Media related to Shinano, Nagano at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official Website (in Japanese)


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