Kawanehon

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Kawanehon
川根本町
Town
Ōigawa Railway in Kawanehon Town
Ōigawa Railway in Kawanehon Town
Flag of Kawanehon
Flag
Official seal of Kawanehon
Seal
Location of Kawanehon in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Kawanehon in Shizuoka Prefecture
Kawanehon is located in Japan
Kawanehon
Kawanehon
 
Coordinates: 35°2′49″N 138°4′53.9″E / 35.04694°N 138.081639°E / 35.04694; 138.081639Coordinates: 35°2′49″N 138°4′53.9″E / 35.04694°N 138.081639°E / 35.04694; 138.081639
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu
Tōkai
PrefectureShizuoka Prefecture
DistrictHaibara
Area
 • Total496.88 km2 (191.85 sq mi)
Population (March 2018)
 • Total6,680
 • Density13.4/km2 (35/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeJapanese beech
- FlowerRhododendron quinquefolium
Phone number547-56-1117
Address627 Kaminagao, Kawanehon-chō, Haibara-gun, Shizuoka-ken 428-0313
WebsiteOfficial website
Kawanehon Town Hall

Kawanehon (川根本町, Kawanehon-chō) is a town located in Haibara District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of March 2018, the town had an estimated population of 6,680 and a population density of 13.4 persons per km². The total area was 496.88 square kilometres (191.85 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Kawanehon is located in north-central Shizuoka, along the upper reaches of the Ōi River, with approximately 90% of the town area covered in forest and mountains. It is bordered to the north by the Japanese Alps, with peaks ranging to 2400 meters. Forests range from Siebold's Beech at lower elevations to Siberian Dwarf Pine at higher altitudes, and wildlife include wild boar and kamoshika. The area enjoys a temperate maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Shizuoka Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture

History[edit]

The area of the present town Kawanehon is on the border between the former provinces of Suruga and Tōtōmi, and was mostly tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Edo period. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was reorganized into numerous villages within both Haibara and Shida Districts within Shizuoka Prefecture. Kawanehon was formed on September 20, 2005 by the merger of the former towns of Nakakawane and Honkawane, both from Haibara District.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Kawanehon is dominated by forestry and the production of green tea, with tourism on the Ōigawa Railway and to hot spring resorts playing a minor role.

Education[edit]

  • Kawanehon has four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "100 Soundscapes of Japan". Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 8 December 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kawanehon, Shizuoka at Wikimedia Commons