Meiwa, Gunma

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Meiwa
明和町
Town
Meiwa town hall
Meiwa town hall
Flag of Meiwa
Flag
Official seal of Meiwa
Seal
Location of Meiwa in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Meiwa in Gunma Prefecture
Meiwa is located in Japan
Meiwa
Meiwa
 
Coordinates: 36°12′40.6″N 139°32′3.2″E / 36.211278°N 139.534222°E / 36.211278; 139.534222Coordinates: 36°12′40.6″N 139°32′3.2″E / 36.211278°N 139.534222°E / 36.211278; 139.534222
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Gunma Prefecture
District Ōra
Area
 • Total 19.64 km2 (7.58 sq mi)
Population (February 2015)
 • Total 11,024
 • Density 561/km2 (1,450/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Buxus microphylla
- Flower Chrysanthemum
Phone number 0276-84-3117
Address 250-1 Niisato, Meiwa-machi, Gunma-ken 370-0795
Website Official website

Meiwa (明和町 Meiwa-machi?) is a town located in Ōra District, Gunma Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of February 2015, the town had an estimated population of 11,024 and a population density of 561 persons per km². Its total area was 19.64 km².

Geography[edit]

Meiwa is located in the northern Kantō Plains in the extreme southern corner Gunma prefecture, bordered by Saitama Prefecture to the south. It is 11 km (7 mi) long from east to west and 3 km (2 mi) long from north to south. The Tone River passes through the town. Located only 60 kilometres (37 mi) from metropolitan Tokyo, many of its residents commute to Tokyo for work or schooling.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The villages of Sanuki, Umeshima and Chieda were created within Ōra District, Gunma Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. On March 1, 1955, the three villages merged to form the village of Meiwa. Meiwa was raised to town status on October 1, 1998.

Economy[edit]

Meiwa is largely a bedroom community for Tokyo and nearly Tatebayashi. Agricultural products include Japanese Pear,[1] Kyoho Grapes,[1] Cyclamen, Carnation and Peach.

Education[edit]

  • Primary School
    • Meiwa-higashi Elementary School
    • Meiwa-nishi Elementary School
  • Middle Schools
    • Meiwa Middle School
  • High Schools
    • Tatebayashi Shōkō High School

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gunma Prefecture Pear Production (Japanese)

External links[edit]

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