Iiyama, Nagano

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This article is about the city in Nagano, Japan. For the monitor and TV manufacturer, see Iiyama (company).
Flag of Iiyama
Location of Iiyama in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Iiyama in Nagano Prefecture
Iiyama is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°51′N 138°22′E / 36.850°N 138.367°E / 36.850; 138.367Coordinates: 36°51′N 138°22′E / 36.850°N 138.367°E / 36.850; 138.367
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
Prefecture Nagano Prefecture
 • Mayor Masato Ishida
 • Total 202.32 km2 (78.12 sq mi)
Population (April 2008)
 • Total 23,969
 • Density 118/km2 (310/sq mi)
 • Tree Japanese beech
 • Flower Camellia
 • Bird Mandarin duck
 • Butterfly Japanese luehdorfia
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1110-1, Ōaza Iiyama, Iiyama-shi, Nagano-ken
Website www.city.iiyama.nagano.jp

Iiyama (飯山市 Iiyama-shi?) is a city located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It markets itself as "Japan's Hometown" and is known as the "little Kyoto of Snow Country" . The city was founded on August 1, 1954.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 23,969 and a population density of 118 persons per km2. The total area is 202.32 km2.

The Chikuma River (the longest river in Japan) runs through the centre of the area and becomes known as the Shinano River when it passes into Niigata Prefecture.

The TV and electronics manufacturer Iiyama was founded in the city in 1972, although, after a series of mergers, the company is no longer headquartered there. The old office continues to be used as a manufacturing centre for Iiyama's parent company, Mouse Computer.[1][2]

In February 2015, Guinness World Records confirmed that the city had officially broken the record for 'most snowmen built in an hour.' [3]


There are many well known ski resorts in the area. These include Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort, Madarao Sympathique, Madarao Kogen, Tangram Ski Circus, Togari Onsen, and Hokuryuko [4]

Iiyama also hosts a number of popular festivals such as the Iiyama Snow Festival and Kamakura Snow Hut Festival in February and Iiyama Dontokoi in August.[5]

The Shinestsu Trail, that runs through Iiyama along the border between Nagano prefecture and Niigata prefecture, is a popular hiking spot in summer. [6]


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