Naganohara town office
Location of Naganohara in Gunma Prefecture
|• Total||133.85 km2 (51.68 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2015)|
|• Density||41.9/km2 (109/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese Larch|
|- Bird||Copper pheasant|
|Address||66-3 Ōaza Naganohara, Naganohara-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1392|
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.
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.
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.
The economy of Naganohara is heavily dependent on agriculture.
- Gunma Prefectural Naganohara High School
- Naganohara East Middle School
- Naganohara West Middle School
- East Japan Railway Company - Agatsuma Line
- Japan National Route 144
- Japan National Route 145
- Japan National Route 146
- Japan National Route 292
- Japan National Route 406
- 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.
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