Kitagata Town Hall
Location of Kitagata in Gifu Prefecture
|• Mayor||Hideo Muroto|
|• Total||5.18 km2 (2.00 sq mi)|
|Population (November 1, 2017)|
|• Density||3,600/km2 (9,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Ilex integra|
|- Bird||Common kingfisher|
|Address||Kitagata 1323-5, Kitagata-chō, Motosu-gun, Gifu-ken 501-0492|
|Website||Official website (in Japanese)|
Kitagata (北方町 Kitagata-chō) is a town located in Motosu District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 November 2017[update], the town had an estimated population of 18,466 and a population density of 630 persons per km2, in 7,399 households. The total area of the town was 5.18 square kilometres (2.00 sq mi). It is the smallest town in Gifu Prefecture in terms of area.
Kitagata is located in the Nōbi Plain in southern Gifu Prefecture. The town has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Kitagata a is 15.3 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1990 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.9 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Kitagata has increased rapidly over the past 40 years.
The area around Kitagawa was part of traditional Mino Province. During the Edo period, it was part of the holdings of Kanō Domain, under by the Tokugawa shogunate. During the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reforms, the area was organised into Motosu District, Gifu Prefecture. The town of Kitagata was formed in 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. The town was severely damaged by the 1891 Mino–Owari earthquake, which destroyed 602 homes and killed 62 inhabitants.
Kitagata has three public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government. The town has one public high school operated by the Gifu Prefectural Board of Education.
- Kitagata does not have any passenger railway service.
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