Location of Gero in Gifu Prefecture
|• Mayor||Makoto Nomura|
|• Total||851.06 km2 (328.60 sq mi)|
|Population (July 2011)|
|• Density||42/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|• Flower||Satsuki azalea|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||960 Mori, Gero-shi, Gifu-ken, Japan
The modern city of Gero was established on March 1, 2004, from the merger of the former town of Gero, absorbing the towns of Hagiwara, Kanayama and Osaka, and the village of Maze (all from Mashita District).
Gero's major industry is tourism. It is known throughout Japan for its hot springs known as Onsen, leading many tourists to visit the area each year. Forestry and agriculture also play significant roles in the local economy. Gero has many hotels that can be visited by guests that are looking for accommodations near the hot springs. Large tubs are located in some hotels allowing couples to bathe together. Some hotels lend yukatas to the couples. It's not unusual to see people wearing yukatas on the streets of Gero and even in some stores. Besides those in hotels, there are many inexpensive and convenient onsens located near railway stations, residential areas, and commercial centers up and down the valley.
The current mayor of the city is Makoto Nomura. He is the second mayor of the city and is currently serving his first four-year term. In April 2008, he replaced Ryōji Yamada, who only served one term as the first mayor of the city.
The city council is made up for 21 members elected from separate districts within the city. City council sessions are held four times a year in March, June, September and December.
In the prefectural assembly, the city of Gero is in a separate district from neighboring municipalities and has one representative.
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