Mino, Gifu

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Mino-machiNagara River, Hachiman ShrineOyada Jinja, Katawa GorgeMino Bridge
Nagara River, Hachiman Shrine
Oyada Jinja, Katawa Gorge
Mino Bridge
Flag of  Mino
Official seal of  Mino
Location of Mino in Gifu Prefecture
Location of Mino in Gifu Prefecture
 Mino is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°32′41.1″N 136°54′27.2″E / 35.544750°N 136.907556°E / 35.544750; 136.907556Coordinates: 35°32′41.1″N 136°54′27.2″E / 35.544750°N 136.907556°E / 35.544750; 136.907556
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Gifu
 • Mayor Tetsuhiro Muto[1]
 • Total 117.01 km2 (45.18 sq mi)
Population (November 30, 2017)
 • Total 21,101
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols  
- Tree Maple
- Flower Ume
Phone number 0575-33-1122
Address 1350 Mino-shi, Gifu-ken 501-3792
Website Official website
Mino Udatsu Townscape

Mino (美濃市, Mino-shi) is a city located in Gifu, Japan. As of 30 November 2017, the city had an estimated population of 21,101, and a population density of 180 persons per km2, in 8140 households.[2] The total area of the city was 117.01 square kilometres (45.18 sq mi). The city is renowned for traditional Japanese Mino washi paper and its streets, which are in the style of the early Edo period (1603-1868). An urban area known as "Udatsu Townscape" (うだつのあがるまちなみ) is designated as an important traditional building group conservation area by the government on May 13, 1999.


Mino is located in the south-central Gifu Prefecture. The Nagara River and the Itadori River flow through the city. Mino is surrounded by the city of Seki to the west, south and east, and by the city of Gujō to the north.


The city has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Mino is 15.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2172 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.2 °C.[3]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]


Per Japanese census data,[4] the population of Mino has decreased gradually over the past 40 years..

Census Year Population
1970 26,421
1980 26,825
1990 26,022
2000 24,662
2010 22,629


The area around Mino was part of traditional Mino Province. During the Edo period, Kanamori Nagachika, the founder of Takayama Domain was granted permission by Tokugawa Ieyasu to build Oguriyama Castle on the Nagara River. Due to floods, the castle town was relocated in 1605 to higher ground. The area later became part of the holdings of Owari Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. In the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reforms, Mugi District in Gifu prefecture was created, and with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on July 1, 1889 the town of Kozuchi was created. In July 1909 Mino was the site of a meteorite impact. The meteorite, which massed about 13.5 kg, broke into pieces and fell across an area 13 miles long and 5 miles wide. The largest piece, an bout 4 kg, fell in the village of Gokurakuji.[5] On April 1, 1911, it was renamed Mino Town. Mino was raised to city status on April 1, 1954 with the merger of the town of Mino with the villages of Suhara, Shimomaki, Kamimaki, Oyada, Aimi, and Nakauchi.


Mino has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 13 members.


Mino has five public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the city government. The city has one public high school operated by the Gifu Prefectural Board of Education.




Sister city relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Ogurayama Castle Ruins
  • Yawata Shrine

Notable people from Mino[edit]


  1. ^ 美濃市について. Mino official webpage (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Official home page
  3. ^ Mino climate data
  4. ^ Mino population statistics
  5. ^ Mino meteorite at gifu-u.ac.jp (Japanese)

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