Kotohira, Kagawa

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Kotohira Shrine
Kotohira Shrine
Flag of Kotohira
Official seal of Kotohira
Location of Kotohira in Kagawa Prefecture
Location of Kotohira in Kagawa Prefecture
Kotohira is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°12′07″N 133°49′36″E / 34.20194°N 133.82667°E / 34.20194; 133.82667Coordinates: 34°12′07″N 133°49′36″E / 34.20194°N 133.82667°E / 34.20194; 133.82667
Country Japan
Region Shikoku
Prefecture Kagawa Prefecture
District Nakatado
 • Mayor Masato Ono (since May 2010)
 • Total 8.46 km2 (3.27 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2011)
 • Total 9,888
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
 • Tree Cherry blossom
 • Flower Michelsa compressa
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City hall address 817-10 Enokii, Kotohira-chō, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa-ken
Website www.town.kotohira.kagawa.jp

Kotohira (琴平町, Kotohira-chō) is a town located in Nakatado District, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. The town is best known as the site of Shikoku's largest shrine complex, the Kotohira Shrine (popularly known as Konpira-san).

As of May 1, 2011 the town has an estimated population of 9,888, with a household number of 3,842 and a density of 1,168.79 persons per km². The total area is 8.46 km2 (3.27 sq mi).

Kotohira also features Japan's oldest surviving Kabuki playhouse, the Kanamaru-za.[1]

Its average temperature is 16.7 degrees Celsius with an average annual rainfall of 817.5 mm. The town tree is the Rhodoleia, and the town flower is the blossom of the cherry tree. The mayor is Masaomi Yamashita, and the town was named after an ancient marine god named Kotohira-gu. A grand festival is held every year on October 10.[2]


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