Hida (region)

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Hida region (brown) in Gifu Prefecture

Hida (飛騨?) is the northern portion of Gifu Prefecture in the Chūbu region of Japan.[1] The Hida region received its name because the area was formerly part of Hida Province, before the formation of prefectures in Japan. The borders of this region are not officially set, but it generally consists of the following four municipalities: Takayama, Hida, Gero and Shirakawa.[1]

Climate[edit]

The Hida region has a humid continental climate, with very warm summers and long, cold, very snowy winters. Some of the highest levels of snowfall in Japan are found in the north-western fringes of this region annually amounting to in excess of 10 meters, for example Shirakawa.

Climate data for Shirakawa, Japan (1983–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.9
(37.2)
3.5
(38.3)
7.8
(46)
15.6
(60.1)
21.4
(70.5)
24.7
(76.5)
27.9
(82.2)
29.6
(85.3)
24.8
(76.6)
18.9
(66)
12.7
(54.9)
6.0
(42.8)
16.3
(61.3)
Average low °C (°F) −4.7
(23.5)
−5.2
(22.6)
−2.5
(27.5)
2.7
(36.9)
8.3
(46.9)
13.8
(56.8)
18.1
(64.6)
19.0
(66.2)
15.0
(59)
8.2
(46.8)
2.3
(36.1)
−2.0
(28.4)
6.1
(43)
Snowfall cm (inches) 356
(140.2)
271
(106.7)
162
(63.8)
23
(9.1)
1
(0.4)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
23
(9.1)
212
(83.5)
1,055
(415.4)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 54.7 76.2 116.0 163.3 177.8 145.6 148.3 171.6 118.0 112.9 83.4 61.6 1,426.7
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hida Promotional Office. (Japanese) Gifu Prefecture. Accessed June 24, 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ "過去の気象データ検索". Japan Meteorological Agency.