Kanra, Gunma

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Kanra town office
Kanra town office
Flag of Kanra
Official seal of Kanra
Location of Kanra in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Kanra in Gunma Prefecture
Kanra is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°14′34.8″N 138°55′18.3″E / 36.243000°N 138.921750°E / 36.243000; 138.921750Coordinates: 36°14′34.8″N 138°55′18.3″E / 36.243000°N 138.921750°E / 36.243000; 138.921750
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Gunma Prefecture
District Kanra
 • Total 58.61 km2 (22.63 sq mi)
Population (February 2015)
 • Total 13,092
 • Density 223/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese Red Pine
- Flower Somei Yoshino cherry
- Bird Green pheasant
Phone number 0274-74-3131
Address 161-1 Ōaza Obata, Kanra-machi, Kanra-gun, Gunma-ken 370-2292
Website Official website

Kanra (甘楽町?, Kanra-machi) is a town located in Kanra District of southwestern Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of February 2015, the town had an estimated population of 13,092 and a population density of 223 persons per km². Its total area was 58.61 km².


Kanra is located in the southwestern portion of Gunma Prefecture.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


During the Edo period, the area of present-day Kanra was largely part of Obata Domain, a feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate in Kōzuke Province. Obata village, Akihata village, Fukushima town, and Niiya village were created within Kitakanra District of Gunma Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. In 1925 Obata village was elevated in status into Obata town. In 1950 Kitakanra District was renamed Kanra District. Akihata village merged with Obata in 1955, and Fukushima and Niiya villages were into Obata on February 1, 1959, creating Kanra town.


The economy of Kanra is heavily dependent on agriculture.


  • Primary Schools
    • Obata Elementary School
    • Fukushima Elementary School
    • Niiya Elementary School
    • Akihata Elementary School
      • Nasu Division
  • Middle Schools
    • Kanra Jr. High School




Local attractions[edit]

  • Rakusan-en gardens

External links[edit]

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