Komagane City Hall
Location of Komagane in Nagano
|• Total||165.86 km2 (64.04 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2016)|
|• Density||195/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Pinus densiflora|
|• Flower||Lily of the valley|
|• Insect||Scarlet dwarf dragonfly|
|Address||20-1 Akasu-cho, Komagane-shi, Nagano-ken 399-4129|
Komagane (駒ヶ根市 Komagane-shi) is a city located in central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. As of 1 October 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 32,290 and a population density of 195 persons per km². Its total area was 165.86 square kilometres (64.04 sq mi).
Komagane is located in a north-south running valley between the Central and Southern Alps in south-central Nagano Prefecture. It is situated at the 220 km marker on the southern (Nagoya) branch of the Chūō Expressway,
The area of present-day Komagane was part of ancient Shinano Province. The city was founded on July 1, 1954 by the merger of the towns of Akaho and Miyata with the villages of Nakasawa and Ina (all from Kamiina District.
Komagane has five public elementary schools and two public middle schools. There are two public high schools operated by the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education. The Nagano College of Nursing is located in Komagane.
Despite relatively poor transportation infrastructure (there is no Shinkansen link and the existing railway is a single track local line), the city derives a large proportion of its overall income from tourism. The Silk Museum is situated to the east of the city, while on the western side of town the Komagatake Ropeway (gondola) ascends Mount Komagatake in the Central Alps. The city has several popular tourist hotels (including one on the mountain which is only accessible via the ropeway), a youth hostel, onsen and a ski resort.