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Ōkuwa Village Hall
Location of Ōkuwa in Nagano Prefecture
|• Total||234.47 km2 (90.53 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2016)|
|• Density||16.1/km2 (42/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Chamaecyparis obtusa|
|• Flower||Rhododendron subg. Hymenanthes|
|Address||2778 Nagano, Ōkuwa-mura, Kiso-gun, Nagano-ken 399-5503|
Ōkuwa (大桑村 Ōkuwa-mura) is a village located in Kiso District in south-west Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. As of 1 October 2016[update], the village had an estimated population of 3,773 and a population density of 16.1 persons per km². Its total area was 234.47 square kilometres (90.53 sq mi).
Ōkuwa is located in the Kiso Mountains of southwest Nagano Prefecture, bordered by the Atera Mountains to the west. The Kiso River flows through the village. Mount Utsugi (2864 meters) and Mount Minamikoma (2841 meters) are on the border of the village.
The area of present-day Ōkuwa was part of ancient Shinano Province. The area developed as Suhara-juku and Nojiri-shuku two post stations on the Nakasendō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto during the Edo period. The modern village of Ōkuwa was established on April 1, 1889 by the establishment of the municipalities system.
Ōkuwa has one public elementary school and one public middle school operated by the town government. The village does not have a high school.
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