Showa town hall
Location of Shōwa in Yamanashi Prefecture
|• Total||9.15 km2 (3.53 sq mi)|
|Population (July 1, 2012)|
|• Density||1,990/km2 (5,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Bird||Eurasian skylark|
|Address||542-2 Oshikoshi, Shōwa chō, Nakakoma -gun, Yamanashi-ken 409-3880 409-3880|
Shōwa (昭和町 Shōwa-chō) is a town located in Nakakoma District, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. In July 2012, the town had an estimated population of 16,626 and a population density of 221 per km2. The total area was 75.07 km2.
Shōwa is located in central Yamanashi Prefecture, southwest of Kōfu the prefectural capital. Route 20 marks the boundary with Kōfu. Shōwa-dōri is the main road that runs through the middle of Shōwa, despite being called Shōwa Bypass by residents of the town. The Chūō Expressway also cuts over Shōwa running from north to south.
The town is part of the Kofu urban area and many "Kofu" branches of businesses are in fact in Showa, for instance Aeon mall and Tohu cinema. The border between Kofu and Showa is heavily built up and rather indistinct.
Shōwa village was established in 1942 by the merger of Saijo, Joei and Oshihara villages within Nakakoma District. The village was elevated to town status in June 1971.
Shōwa contains five schools: three Elementary Schools; Joei, Oshihara and Saijo; one Junior High School; Oshihara and Kofu-Shōwa High School. The local town office promotes adult night classes and classes for pensioners. These include Japanese language for foreign residents.
Media related to Showa, Yamanashi at Wikimedia Commons
- Shōwa official website (in Japanese)