Azumino, Nagano

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For the geographical name of a part of Matsumoto Basin, see Azumidaira. For other uses, see Azumino (disambiguation).
Azumino
安曇野市
City
Azumino City Hall
Azumino City Hall
Flag of Azumino
Flag
Official seal of Azumino
Seal
Location of Azumino in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Azumino in Nagano Prefecture
Azumino is located in Japan
Azumino
Azumino
 
Coordinates: 36°38′14.17″N 137°54′20.81″E / 36.6372694°N 137.9057806°E / 36.6372694; 137.9057806Coordinates: 36°38′14.17″N 137°54′20.81″E / 36.6372694°N 137.9057806°E / 36.6372694; 137.9057806
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
Prefecture Nagano
Government
 • - Mayor Munehiro Miyazawa
Area
 • Total 331.78 km2 (128.10 sq mi)
Population (October 2016)
 • Total 95,308
 • Density 287/km2 (740/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Zelkova serrata
• Flower Wasabi
Phone number 0263-71-2000
Address 4932-26 Toyoshina, Azumino-shi, Nagano-ken 399-8205
Website www.city.azumino.nagano.jp
Mount Jonen in Azumino

Azumino (安曇野市 Azumino-shi?) is a city located in central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. As of 1 October 2016, the city had an estimated population of 95,308 and a population density of 287 persons per km². Its total area was 331.78 square kilometres (128.10 sq mi).

Etymology of Azumino[edit]

Azumino is a combination of two words, "Azumi" and "no". "Azumi" comes from the Azumi people, who are said to have moved to the "no" (plain) in ancient times. The Azumi people originally lived in northern Kyushu, and were famed for their skills in fishing and navigation. "The Azumi people" can be translated as "the people who live on the sea." The reason why the seafaring people migrated to this mountainous region is a mystery.

History[edit]

The area of present-day Azumino was part of ancient Shinano Province. The area was part of the holdings of Matsumoto Domain during the Edo period. The modern city of Azumino was established on October 1, 2005 by the merger of the town of Akashina (from Higashichikuma District), the towns of Hotaka and Toyoshina, and the villages of Horigane and Misato (all from Minamiazumi District).

Geography[edit]

Azumino is located in the Azumino Plateau on the northern end of the Matsumoto Basin, between two mountain ranges to the west and east. The range of mountains on the western border is known as the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) and is popular among hikers all over Japan. To the south is the city of Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture's second largest city. To the north lies the city of Ōmachi, and north of Ōmachi is the village of Hakuba. Hakuba was the site of many of the ski events during the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Mount Jōnen at 2,857 metres (9,373 ft) is the highest elevation in the city.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Azumino city min/max temperature & rainfall
Climate chart (explanation)
J F M A M J J A S O N D
 
 
41
 
 
4
−6
 
 
48
 
 
5
−5
 
 
85
 
 
10
−2
 
 
77
 
 
18
4
 
 
102
 
 
23
10
 
 
132
 
 
26
15
 
 
141
 
 
29
19
 
 
97
 
 
31
20
 
 
150
 
 
25
16
 
 
104
 
 
19
8
 
 
58
 
 
13
2
 
 
33
 
 
7
−3
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

Education[edit]

Azumino has ten public elementary schools and seven public middle schools. There are four public high schools operated by the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Domestic[edit]

International[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Daio Wasabi Farm

Notable people from Azumino[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Azumino, Nagano at Wikimedia Commons