Hara, Nagano

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Hara

原村
Hara Village Hall
Hara Village Hall
Flag of Hara
Flag
Official seal of Hara
Seal
Location of Hara in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Hara in Nagano Prefecture
Hara is located in Japan
Hara
Hara
 
Coordinates: 35°57′51.8″N 138°13′2.6″E / 35.964389°N 138.217389°E / 35.964389; 138.217389Coordinates: 35°57′51.8″N 138°13′2.6″E / 35.964389°N 138.217389°E / 35.964389; 138.217389
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
PrefectureNagano
DistrictSuwa
Area
 • Total43.26 km2 (16.70 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2019)
 • Total7,661
 • Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
Phone number0266-79-2100
Address6549-1 Hara-mura, Suwa-gun, Nagano-ken 391-0100
WebsiteOfficial website
Hara Village in spring

Hara (原村, Hara-mura) is a village located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2019, the village had an estimated population of 7,661 in 2445 households [1], and a population density of 174 persons per km². The total area of the village is 43.26 square kilometres (16.70 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Hara is located in eastern Nagano Prefecture. The village is located in a mountainous area, and includes Mount Yatsugatake partly within its borders.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Hara has is roughly the same as it was 60 years ago.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1940 5,913—    
1950 7,269+22.9%
1960 6,521−10.3%
1970 5,869−10.0%
1980 6,125+4.4%
1990 6,502+6.2%
2000 7,207+10.8%
2010 7,575+5.1%

Climate[edit]

The village has a humid continental climate characterized by warm and humid summers, and cold winters with heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Dfb). The average annual temperature in Hara is 7.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1566 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 20.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around -4.7 °C.[3]

Climate data for Hara Village (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.1
(35.8)
3.0
(37.4)
7.5
(45.5)
14.8
(58.6)
19.5
(67.1)
22.7
(72.9)
26.3
(79.3)
27.6
(81.7)
22.9
(73.2)
16.9
(62.4)
11.3
(52.3)
5.4
(41.7)
15.0
(59.0)
Average low °C (°F) −8.3
(17.1)
−8.1
(17.4)
−4.1
(24.6)
1.7
(35.1)
7.2
(45.0)
12.4
(54.3)
16.6
(61.9)
17.3
(63.1)
13.3
(55.9)
6.1
(43.0)
0.1
(32.2)
−5.1
(22.8)
5.8
(42.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 47.0
(1.85)
58.8
(2.31)
105.4
(4.15)
96.9
(3.81)
117.3
(4.62)
162.3
(6.39)
162.9
(6.41)
124.0
(4.88)
187.1
(7.37)
114.1
(4.49)
70.8
(2.79)
37.4
(1.47)
1,284.1
(50.56)
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[4]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Hara was part of ancient Shinano Province. The present village of Hara was established on April 1, 1889 by the establishment of the modern municipalities system.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Hara is based on agriculture.

Education[edit]

Hara has one public elementary school and one public junior high school operated by the village government. The village does not have a high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

  • The village has no passenger railway service.

Highway[edit]

International relations[edit]

  • New ZealandPukekohe, New Zealand,[5] sister city since May 2, 1974

Local attraction[edit]

  • Akyū ruins, a National Historic Site
  • Yatsugatake Museum of Art

Notable people from Hara[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hara Village official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Hara population statistics
  3. ^ Hara climate data
  4. ^ "Hara Village 1981-2010". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 2 January 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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