Nanao, Ishikawa

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Nanao
七尾市
City
Ishizaki Kiriko Lantern Festival in August
Ishizaki Kiriko Lantern Festival in August
Location of Nanao in Ishikawa Prefecture
Location of Nanao in Ishikawa Prefecture
Nanao is located in Japan
Nanao
Nanao
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°2′N 136°58′E / 37.033°N 136.967°E / 37.033; 136.967Coordinates: 37°2′N 136°58′E / 37.033°N 136.967°E / 37.033; 136.967
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Hokuriku)
Prefecture Ishikawa Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Bunpei Takemoto
Area
 • Total 318.02 km2 (122.79 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 58,204
 • Density 183/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Japanese Evergreen
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Seagull
- Fish Red Snapper
Address I-25 Sodegaemachi, Nanao-shi, Ishikawa-ken
926-8611
Phone number 0767-53-1111
Website City of Nanao
The Dekayama, a large mikoshi on wheels, passing through the crowd at the Seihakusai matsuri of Nanao

Nanao (七尾市 Nanao-shi?) is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

As of March 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 58,204 and a population density of 183 persons per km². The total area is 318.02 km².

Nanao is the fifth largest city by population in Ishikawa, behind Kanazawa, Hakusan, Komatsu, and Kaga.

Nanao is situated in the middle of the Noto Peninsula and was the ancient capital of Noto Province. It has several popular onsen (hot springs) such as Wakura Onsen, a resort town which is regarded as one of the best onsen in Japan.

On March 25, 2007, the 2007 Noto earthquake shook Nanao and nearby communities.

History[edit]

An Imperial decree in July 1899 established Nanawo as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.[1]

The city of Nanao was founded on July 20, 1939. The name "Nanao" (七尾) literally means "Seven Tails" and is said to be named for the seven mountain ridges (or "tails") surrounding Nanao that are visible when viewed from Joyama (七尾城山), site of the city's historical castle ruins. These ridges are called Kikuo (菊尾, "Chrysanthemum Tail"), Kameo (亀尾, "Turtle Tail"), Matsuo (松尾, "Pine Tail"), Torano'o (虎尾, "Tiger Tail"), Takeo (竹尾, "Bamboo Tail"), Umeo (梅尾, "Plum Tail"), and Tatsuo (龍尾, "Dragon Tail").

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Nanao (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 5.8
(42.4)
6.5
(43.7)
10.2
(50.4)
16.3
(61.3)
21.1
(70)
24.7
(76.5)
28.4
(83.1)
30.6
(87.1)
26.1
(79)
20.6
(69.1)
14.7
(58.5)
9.2
(48.6)
17.85
(64.14)
Average low °C (°F) −0.4
(31.3)
−0.7
(30.7)
1.5
(34.7)
6.4
(43.5)
11.5
(52.7)
16.6
(61.9)
21.0
(69.8)
22.5
(72.5)
18.2
(64.8)
11.7
(53.1)
6.3
(43.3)
2.2
(36)
9.73
(49.53)
Precipitation mm (inches) 208.8
(8.22)
132.1
(5.201)
134.0
(5.276)
117.3
(4.618)
130.7
(5.146)
172.9
(6.807)
235.1
(9.256)
139.5
(5.492)
207.4
(8.165)
151.0
(5.945)
214.5
(8.445)
233.7
(9.201)
2,077
(81.772)
Snowfall cm (inches) 84
(33.1)
64
(25.2)
17
(6.7)
1
(0.4)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
28
(11)
194
(76.4)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 52.6 79.2 126.1 180.7 193.5 148.6 149.9 194.9 132.8 135.8 90.2 58.2 1,542.5
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

City merger[edit]

On October 1, 2004, Nanao expanded due to the merger of the old Nanao-shi (七尾市?) with the towns of Nakajima, Notojima and Tatsuruhama (all from Kashima District).

Notable persons[edit]

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