Iijima, Nagano

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Iijima

飯島町
Iijima Town Hall
Iijima Town Hall
Flag of Iijima
Flag
Official seal of Iijima
Seal
Location of Iijima in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Iijima in Nagano Prefecture
Iijima is located in Japan
Iijima
Iijima
 
Coordinates: 35°40′36.3″N 137°55′11.2″E / 35.676750°N 137.919778°E / 35.676750; 137.919778Coordinates: 35°40′36.3″N 137°55′11.2″E / 35.676750°N 137.919778°E / 35.676750; 137.919778
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
PrefectureNagano
DistrictKamiina
Area
 • Total86.96 km2 (33.58 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2019)
 • Total9,446
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeJapanese yew
• FlowerShakunage
Phone number0265-86-3111
Address2537 Iijima, Iijima-machi, Kamiina-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0692
WebsiteOfficial website
Iijima from Mount Eboshi

Iijima (飯島町, Iijima-machi) is a town located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2019, the town had an estimated population of 9,446 in 3599 households [1], and a population density of 110 persons per km². The total area of the town is 86.96 square kilometres (33.58 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Iijima is located in-between the Kiso Mountains and Mount Senjō of the Akaishi Mountains of south-central Nagano Prefecture. The Chikuma River flows through the town.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Iijima has remained relatively steady over the past 50 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1940 9,752—    
1950 12,070+23.8%
1960 11,230−7.0%
1970 10,466−6.8%
1980 10,515+0.5%
1990 10,801+2.7%
2000 10,895+0.9%
2010 9,904−9.1%

Climate[edit]

The town has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Iijima is 10.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1611 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around -1.3 °C.[3]

Economy[edit]

The local economy is agricultural, dominated by rice and horticulture.

History[edit]

The area of present-day Iijima was part of ancient Shinano Province, and developed as a post station in the Sanshū Kaidō highway linking inland regions of Shinano with the Pacific Ocean. The area was tenryō territory controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate until the Meiji restoration. The modern village of Iijima established on April 1, 1889 by the establishment of the municipalities system and was elevated to town status on January 1, 1954. The town annexed the neighboring village of Nakakubō on September 30, 1956.

Education[edit]

Iijima has two public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

International relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Iijima Town official statistics](in Japanese)
  2. ^ Iijima population statistics
  3. ^ Iijima climate data

External links[edit]