Furukawa Festival, held annually in April
Location of Hida in Gifu Prefecture
|• Mayor||Hisanori Inoue|
|• Total||792.31 km2 (305.91 sq mi)|
|Population (July 2011)|
|• Density||33/km2 (86/sq mi)|
|• Flower||Lysichiton camtschatcense|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||2-22 Hon-machi, Furukawa-chō, Hida-shi, Gifu-ken
The official kanji for the city is actually 飛驒, which uses the old rendering of the 騨 character. However, the 驒 characters is not included on the official list of usable characters (as decided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications), so the 騨 character is often used outside of the city.
The city is located on the northern part of the Hida Plateau. The city is geographically divided into two areas, the eastern and western half. The Takahara River flows through the eastern half the city and the Miya River flows through the western half (both rivers are part of the Jinzū River river system). A mountainous region separates the two sides and the population generally clusters around the two river valleys.
Much of the area within the city's borders is covered in forests. There are many mountains that reach higher than 1,000 feet (305 m), though some peaks in the Hida Mountains reach even higher, going beyond 2,000 feet (610 m).
The main two traditional economies in the city are the production of sake and Japanese candles. The Furukawa area of the city is known for both of these crafts, though the Kamioka section is also known for its sake production.
Festivals in Hida
Furukawa Festival, a famous festival in Gifu Prefecture, is held every April.
JR Central operates seven stations within Hida along the Takayama Main Line. The main station for the city is Hida-Furukawa Station. The other six stations are north of Hida-Furukawa and are, in order: Sugisaki, Hida-Hosoe, Tsunogawa, Sakakami, Utsubo and Sugihara stations.
The major expressway through the city is the Tōkai-Hokuriku Expressway, which connects the cities of Nagoya and Gifu with Toyama. Four national highways run through the city as well: National Routes 41, 360, 471 and 472.
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