Minowa, Nagano

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Location of Minowa in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Minowa in Nagano Prefecture
Minowa is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°55′N 137°59′E / 35.917°N 137.983°E / 35.917; 137.983Coordinates: 35°55′N 137°59′E / 35.917°N 137.983°E / 35.917; 137.983
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Nagano Prefecture
District Kamiina
 • Total 86.12 km2 (33.25 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2009)
 • Total 25,983
 • Density 86.12/km2 (223.0/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Town of Minowa

Minowa (箕輪町 Minowa-machi?) is a town located in Kamiina District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2009, the town has an estimated population of 25,983 and a density of 302 persons per km². The total area is 86.12 km².

Minowa is located on route 153 between Tatsuno, to the north, and Minami-minowa to the south.


Major Roads
  • Route 153
  • Chuo Expressway (Ihoku Interchange)
  • Iida Line


Minowa is situated between two mountain ranges with the downtown area located at the bottom of the valley. Many streams and small rivers can be found in Minowa feeding the Tenryū River as well as providing irrigation for the numerous small farms in the area.

Lake Momiji is created by the adjacent Minowa Dam off of route 442 and feeds the Sawa River. It is named after the numerous maple trees which surround the lake.

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