Kazuno City Hall
Location of Kazuno in Akita Prefecture
|• -Mayor||Hajime Kodama (since July 2005)|
|• Total||707.34 km2 (273.11 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2013)|
|• Density||46.5/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||4-1 Arata, Hanawa, Kazuno-shi, Akita-ken 018-5292|
Kazuno is located in a valley in the mountains of far northeastern Akita Prefecture, with the Ou Mountains and Iwate Prefecture on the east. Much of the city is within the borders of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Much of the city area is covered in forest. Due to its inland location, the city is noted for its heavy snowfall in winter.
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Kazuno has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.
The area of present-day Kazuno was settled in prehistoric times, and contains major Jomon period archaeological sites and numerous burial mounds from the Kofun period. The area was part of ancient Mutsu Province and was ruled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain during the Edo period. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became briefly part of Rikuchū Province before being transferred to Akita Prefecture in 1871. It was organized as part of Kazuno District, Akita Prefecture in 1878.
The modern city of Kazuno was founded on April 1, 1972.
The economy of Kazuno is based on agriculture, forestry and seasonal tourism.
- JR East - Hanawa Line
- Japan National Route 103
- Japan National Route 104
- Japan National Route 282
- Japan National Route 285
- Japan National Route 341
- Japan National Route 454
Twin towns — Sister cities
Kazuno is twinned with:
Noted people from Kazuno
- Junko Asari – Olympic marathon runner
- Kenichi Takahashi – Olympic long-distance runner
- Takayuki Matsumiya – Olympic long-distance runner
- Yasuhiko Okudera – professional soccer player
- Yuta Kimura – professional baseball player
- Naitō Torajirō – historian
- Tomoefuji Toshihide – sumo wrestler
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