Naganohara, Gunma

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Naganohara
長野原町
Town
Naganohara town office
Naganohara town office
Flag of Naganohara
Flag
Official seal of Naganohara
Seal
Location of Naganohara in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Naganohara in Gunma Prefecture
Naganohara is located in Japan
Naganohara
Naganohara
 
Coordinates: 36°33′8.2″N 138°39′15.3″E / 36.552278°N 138.654250°E / 36.552278; 138.654250Coordinates: 36°33′8.2″N 138°39′15.3″E / 36.552278°N 138.654250°E / 36.552278; 138.654250
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Gunma Prefecture
District Agatsuma
Area
 • Total 133.85 km2 (51.68 sq mi)
Population (February 2015)
 • Total 5,612
 • Density 41.9/km2 (109/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese Larch
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Copper pheasant
Phone number 0279-82-2244
Address 66-3 Ōaza Naganohara, Naganohara-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1392
Website Official website

Naganohara (長野原町?, Naganohara-machi) is a town located in Agatsuma District of western Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of February 2015, the town had an estimated population of 5,612 and a population density of 41.9 persons per km². Its total area was 133.85 km². The controversial Yanba Dam project is located within Naganohara.[1]

Geography[edit]

Located in the northwestern portion of Gunma Prefecture, almost all of Naganohara has an elevation higher than 500m. The town has Mount Kusatsu-Shirane (2171m) to the north and Mount Asama (2568m) to the south.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Naganohara has man remains from the Japanese Paleolithic through Jomon periods, although archaeological findings from the Kofun period are scarce compared with surrounding areas. During the Edo period, the area was part of the hatamoto-administered territory within Kōzuke Province.

Naganohara Town was created within Agatsuma District of Gunma Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Naganohara is heavily dependent on agriculture.

Education[edit]

  • Gunma Prefectural Naganohara High School
  • Naganohara East Middle School
  • Naganohara West Middle School

Transportation[edit]

Train[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Kawarayu Onsen
  • Asama Volcano Museum
  • Naganohora also is involved in a Sister City exchange program with the town of Livingston, Montana of the United States.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Naganohara, Gunma at Wikimedia Commons