Annaka, Gunma

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Annaka

安中市
Annaka city hall
Annaka city hall
Flag of Annaka
Flag
Official seal of Annaka
Seal
Location of Annaka in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Annaka in Gunma Prefecture
Annaka is located in Japan
Annaka
Annaka
 
Coordinates: 36°19′34.5″N 138°53′13.7″E / 36.326250°N 138.887139°E / 36.326250; 138.887139Coordinates: 36°19′34.5″N 138°53′13.7″E / 36.326250°N 138.887139°E / 36.326250; 138.887139
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureGunma Prefecture
Area
 • Total276.31 km2 (106.68 sq mi)
Population
(February 2015)
 • Total58,675
 • Density212/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePinus, Cryptomeria japonica
- FlowerPrunus mume
- BirdAix galericulata
Phone number027-382-1111
AddressAnnaka 1-23-13, Annaka-shi, Gunma-ken 379-0192
Websitehttp://www.city.annaka.lg.jp/

Annaka (安中市, Annaka-shi) is a city located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2015, the city had an estimated population of 58,675, and a population density of 212 persons per km². Its total area is 276.31 km².

Geography[edit]

Annaka is located in the southwestern portion of Gunma Prefecture at the very northernmost point of the Kantō Plain, bordered by Nagano Prefecture to the west. The Usui Pass connects Annaka with neighboring Karuizawa, Nagano.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

During the Edo period, the area of present-day Annaka was the center of the Annaka Domain, a feudal domain held by the Itakura clan under the Tokugawa shogunate in Kōzuke Province. The area also prospered from its location on the Nakasendō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto. Post stations located within the borders of modern Annaka were: Itahana-shuku, Annaka-shuku, Matsuida-shuku and Sakamoto-shuku.

Annaka Town was created within Usui District, Gunma Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. On March 1, 1955, Annaka merged with neighboring Haraichi, Isobe, and Itahana towns, and Higashiyokono, Iwanoya, Akima, and Gokan villages. It was raised to city status on November 1, 1958. On March 18, 2006, the town of Matsuida, merged with Annaka. Usui District was dissolved as a result of this merger.

Economy[edit]

Annaka is a regional commercial center and transportation hub. Toho Zinc operates a large plant in the city, as does Shin-Etsu Chemical.

Education[edit]

There are three high schools, five middle schools, and fourteen elementary schools in Annaka.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Site of Matsuida Castle
  • Isobe Onsen
  • Kirizumi Onsen
  • Usui Pass

Sister-city relations[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Annaka, Gunma at Wikimedia Commons