Higashichikuma District, Nagano

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Higashichikuma (東筑摩郡 Higashichikuma-gun?) is a district located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

As of October 1, 2011, the district has an estimated population of 23,044. The total area is 268.42 km². Northern Higashichikuma is increasing its population, while the Southern Higashichikuma is decreasing.

The district has a sister city relationship with the city of Chuncheon in South Korea.

There are five villages within the district.

History[edit]

  • April 1, 1959 - The town of Shiojiri and the villages of Kataoka, Hirooka, Souga, and Chikumaji merged to form the city of Shiojiri.
  • June 28, 1961 - The village of Seba merged into the city of Shiojiri.
  • April 1, 1973 - The village of Hata gained town status.
  • May 1, 1974 - The village of Hongo merged into the city of Matsumoto.
  • April 1, 2005 - The village of Shiga merged into the city of Matsumoto.
  • October 1, 2005- The town of Akashina merged with the towns of Hotaka and Toyoshina, and the villages of Horigane and Misato, from Minamiazumi District, to form the new city of Azumino.
  • October 11, 2005 - The villages of Honjō, Sakakita and Sakai merged to form the new village of Chikuhoku.
  • March 31, 2010 - The town of Hata merged into the city of Matsumoto.

Coordinates: 36°25′41″N 138°00′36″E / 36.42806°N 138.01000°E / 36.42806; 138.01000