Location of Shimosuwa in Nagano Prefecture
|• Mayor||Satoru Aoki|
|• Total||66.90 km2 (25.83 sq mi)|
|Population (July 1, 2006)|
|• Density||340/km2 (870/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City Hall Address||4613-8 Nishitakanochō, Shimosuwa-machi, Suwa-gun, Nagano-ken
As of 2006, the town has an estimated population of 22,421. The total area is 66.90 km².
Shimosuwa is the location of two of the shrines that make up the famous Suwa Taisha or Suwa Grand Shrine. The Harumiya (春宮) and Akimiya (秋宮) shrines are symbolically renewed every six years during the Onbashira festival. Huge trees are cut in a Shinto ceremony, then the logs are dragged from the mountains down to the shrines.
Shimosuwa was the 29th station on the 59-station Nakasendo (literally 'the route through the mountains') and was featured in the woodblock print series of the Nakasendo by the artist Hiroshige. Shimosuwa was also a stop on the Kōshū Kaidō.
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