Nirasaki, Yamanashi

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Ganjo-ji temple in Nirasaki
Ganjo-ji temple in Nirasaki
Flag of Nirasaki
Official seal of Nirasaki
Location of Nirasaki in Yamanashi Prefecture
Location of Nirasaki in Yamanashi Prefecture
Nirasaki is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°42′31.9″N 138°26′46.1″E / 35.708861°N 138.446139°E / 35.708861; 138.446139Coordinates: 35°42′31.9″N 138°26′46.1″E / 35.708861°N 138.446139°E / 35.708861; 138.446139
RegionChūbu (Kantō)
 • MayorKomei Yokouchi (since November 2006)
 • Total143.69 km2 (55.48 sq mi)
 (June 1 2019)
 • Total29,483
 • Density210/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
-TreeCherry blossom
-FlowerZelkova serrata
-BirdFalco tinnunculus
Phone number0551-22-1111
Address1-3-1 Suijin, Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi-ken 407-8501
WebsiteOfficial website
Nirasaki City Hall

Nirasaki (韮崎市, Nirasaki-shi) is a city in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2019, the city had an estimated population of 29,483 in 12662 households[1], and a population density of 210 persons per km². The total area is 132.69 square kilometres (51.23 sq mi).[2]


Nirasaki is located in the northwestern end of the Kofu Basin in Yamanashi Prefecture, bordered to the east by the Minami Alps National Park and the west by the Minami Alps Koma Prefectural Natural Park.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Yamanashi Prefecture


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Nirasaki has increased over the past 30 years.

Historical population
1940 25,804—    
1950 33,469+29.7%
1960 30,244−9.6%
1970 27,267−9.8%
1980 27,343+0.3%
1990 29,766+8.9%
2000 32,707+9.9%
2010 43,483+32.9%


The city has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Nirasaki is 13/0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1278 mm with September as the wettest month. [4]


The area around present-day Nirasaki was the ancestral homeland of the Takeda clan, which dominated Kai Province in the Sengoku period. During the Edo period, the area was tenryō territory under the direct administration of the Tokugawa shogunate, and the village of Niirasaki was a post town on the Kōshū Kaidō highway. During the early Meiji period, the area was organized into 14 villages under Kitakoma District, Yamanashi. Nirasaki was elevated to town status on September 20, 1892. Modern Nirasaki City was founded by merger of Nirasaki with ten surrounding villages on October 10, 1954. [5]


Nirasaki has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 18 members.


The economy of Nirasaki is primarily agricultural.


Nirasaki has five public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the city government and two public high schools operated by the Yamanashi Prefectural Board of Education.




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Local attractions[edit]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Nirasaki City official Statistcs(in Japanese)
  2. ^ "Nirasaki official home page".
  3. ^ Nirasaki population statistics
  4. ^ Nirasaki climate data
  5. ^ "Nirasaki official timeline".
  6. ^ "City of Fairfield,CA - Sister City Program". City of Fairfield. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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