Minowa Town Hall
Location of Minowa in Nagano Prefecture
|• Total||85.91 km2 (33.17 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2016)|
|• Density||297/km2 (770/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|• Bird||Grey wagtail|
|Address||10298 Nakaminowa, Minowa-machi, Kitaina-gun, Nagano-ken 399-4695|
Minowa (箕輪町 Minowa-machi) is a town located in Kamiina District in south-central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. As of 1 October 2016[update], the town had an estimated population of 25,493 and a population density of 297 persons per km². Its total area was 85.91 square kilometres (33.17 sq mi).
The area of present-day Minowa was part of ancient Shinano Province. The modern village of Nakaminowa, Minowa and Higashiminowa were established on April 1, 1889 by the establishment of the municipalities system, Nakaminowa was elevated to town status on November 3, 1948. Nakaminowa, Minowa and Higashiminowa merged to form the town of Minowa on January 1, 1955.
Minowa has five public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government, and one high school operated the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education.
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