Shimosuwa, Nagano

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Shimosuwa
下諏訪町
Town
Location of Shimosuwa in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Shimosuwa in Nagano Prefecture
Shimosuwa is located in Japan
Shimosuwa
Shimosuwa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°4′N 138°5′E / 36.067°N 138.083°E / 36.067; 138.083Coordinates: 36°4′N 138°5′E / 36.067°N 138.083°E / 36.067; 138.083
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Kōshin'etsu
Prefecture Nagano Prefecture
District Suwa
Government
 • Mayor Satoru Aoki
Area
 • Total 66.90 km2 (25.83 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2006)
 • Total 22,421
 • Density 340/km2 (870/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Cherry
- Flower Azalea
Address 4613-8 Nishitakanochō, Shimosuwa-machi, Suwa-gun, Nagano-ken
393-8501
Phone number 266-27-1111
Website Town of Shimosuwa

Shimosuwa (下諏訪町 Shimosuwa-machi?) is a town located in Suwa District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It is located on Lake Suwa, a large, natural lake surrounded by mountains.

As of 2006, the town has an estimated population of 22,421. The total area is 66.90 km².

Shimosuwa is the location of two of the shrines that make up the famous Suwa Taisha or Suwa Grand Shrine. The Harumiya (春宮) and Akimiya (秋宮) shrines are symbolically renewed every six years during the Onbashira festival. Huge trees are cut in a Shinto ceremony, then the logs are dragged from the mountains down to the shrines.

Shimosuwa was the 29th station on the 59-station Nakasendo (literally 'the route through the mountains') and was featured in the woodblock print series of the Nakasendo by the artist Hiroshige. Shimosuwa was also a stop on the Kōshū Kaidō.

Shimosuwa is also the site of several onsen or natural hot spring spas. Shimosuwa is located on the Chūō Line of JR East, about three hours from Tokyo.

Shimosuwa maintains an exchange relationship with Kaifeng, Henan Province in the People's Republic of China.

Lake Suwa from Shimosuwa Town

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