|• -Mayor||Kazutoshi Kato|
|• Total||276.96 km2 (106.93 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2011)|
|• Density||21/km2 (50/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese beech|
|Address||2 Idate, Taguti, Shitara-chō, Kitashitara-gun, Aichi-ken441-2301|
|Website||Town of Shitara HP|
Shitara (設楽町 Shitara-chō ) is a town located in Kitashitara District, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 2010, the town had an estimated population of 5,747 and a population density of 21 persons per km². The total area was 273.96 km².
Shitara is located in the extreme northeast corner of Aichi Prefecture. Much of the town’s area is covered by mountains and forest, and portions of the town are within the borders of the Tenryū-Okumikawa Quasi-National Park.
During the Edo period most of present Shitara was tenryō under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. After the Meiji Restoration, the area was organized into several villages within Kitashitara District. Taguchi Village, the site of the district administrative office, was elevated to town status on October 10, 1900. The town of Shitara was established on September 30, 1956 through the merger of Taguchi with the neighboring villages of Damine, Nagura and Furikusa. The village of Tsugu was also formed on the same day through the merger of Kamitsugu and Shimotsugu villages. Shitara and Tsugu merged on October 1, 2005.
The primary industry of Shitara is agriculture.
- Taguchi Primary School
- Seirei Primary School
- Damine Primary School
- Nagura Primary School
- Tsugu Primary School
Junior High schools
- Shitara Junior High School
- Tsugu Junior High School
- Taguchi High School
Foreign Exchange Program
- Thomas Middle School (Arlington Heights, IL, USA)
- South Middle School (Arlington Heights, IL, USA)
Shitara is not served by railway.
- Kurabune Ruins (鞍船遺跡) – Jomon period archaeological site excavated in 1922
- Damine Castle (田峯城) – ruins of a Sengoku period castle
- Soezawa Onsen - hot spring resort
Noted people from Shitara
- Mitsuzo Sasaki - author
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- Shitara official website in Japanese (with link to pages in English)