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Komoro City Hall
Location of Komoro in Nagano Prefecture
|• Total||98.55 km2 (38.05 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2016)|
|• Density||433/km2 (1,120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Prunus mume|
|Address||3-3-3 Aioi-chō, Komoro-shi, Nagano-ken 384-8501|
Komoro (小諸市 Komoro-shi?) is a city located in eastern Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. As of 1 October 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 42,679 and a population density of 433 persons per km². Its total area was 98.55 square kilometres (38.05 sq mi).
Komoro is located in eastern Nagano Prefecture.
The area of present-day Komoro was part of ancient Shinano Province. The area was part of the holdings of Komoro Domain during the Edo period. The modern town of Komoro was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system. The town of Komoro annexed villages of Kawanabe, Kitaoi and Osato (all from Kitasaku District) on February 1, 1954. The city of Komoro was established on April 1, 1954 after absorbing the villages of Minamioi and Mioka (both from Kitasaku District). On April 1, 1959 parts of the town of Tobu (now part of the city of Tomi) was merged into Komoro and the city has been unchanged since.
Komoro has six public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the city government. There are two public high schools operated by the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education.
- JR East – Koumi Line
- Shinano Railway – Shinano Railway Line
- Jōshin-etsu Expressway
- Chūbu-Ōdan Expressway
- Japan National Route 18
- Japan National Route 141
- Japan National Route 142
- Japan National Route 403
Sister city relations
- Kaikoen, a park in the center of Komoro containing the foundations of Komoro Castle as well as a museum dedicated to Shimazaki Toson (see below) and a zoo.
- Nunobikki, a temple dating from 1252 located at the top of a ravine. About a 5-minute drive outside of town, walking is possible if you know where to go.
- Mountain hiking in Takamine, close to the active volcano Mt Asama, about a 30-minute drive uphill from Komoro.
- Shimazaki Toson, poet and writer. Toson spent a period teaching in Komoro, and is featured in a dedicated museum located within Komoro's Kaikoen park.
- Sodo Yokoyama, a leaf-flute Zen Master who lived as a hermit in Komoro's Kaikoen Park until 1980. Yokoyama was inspired by an earlier resident of Komoro, the poet and writer Shimazaki Toson. See Arthur Braverman's excellent article for some personal recollections of Yokoyama.
- Tsuchiya, Keiichi, Japanese race car driver & D1 pioneer
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