Iizuna, Nagano

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Flag of Iizuna
Location of Iizuna in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Iizuna in Nagano Prefecture
Iizuna is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°45′N 138°14′E / 36.750°N 138.233°E / 36.750; 138.233Coordinates: 36°45′N 138°14′E / 36.750°N 138.233°E / 36.750; 138.233
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Nagano Prefecture
District Kamiminochi
 • Total 75.31 km2 (29.08 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 12,438
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Town of Iizuna

Iizuna (飯綱町 Iizuna-machi?) is a town located in the north side of Nagano City, Kamiminochi District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

The town was created through a merger of the villages of Samizu and Mure on October 1, 2005. Its name comes from Mount Iizuna which dominates the town's western sky.


As of 2006, the town has an estimated population of 12,438 and a population density of 165.2 persons per km². The total area is 75.31 km².


Iizuna is notable for being home to The Spiral, Asia's only permanent bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track. This track was a venue for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games.

Geographical features[edit]

It is 13.9 km from east to west and 15.6 km in the south north.

The Torii River flows at the center of the town. The Yaja River that flows from the Mount Reisenji on the west edge of the town is joined. This river forms the river terrace. The Madarao River flows from Shinano, and flows on the north side of this town. It joins the Chikuma River via the Nakano city in the east. There is an artificial river made 400 years ago.[citation needed]

External links[edit]

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