Shinano, Nagano

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Shinano
信濃町
Town
Shinano Town Hall
Shinano Town Hall
Flag of Shinano
Flag
Official seal of Shinano
Seal
Location of Shinano in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Shinano in Nagano Prefecture
Shinano is located in Japan
Shinano
Shinano
 
Coordinates: 36°48′22.7″N 138°12′25.3″E / 36.806306°N 138.207028°E / 36.806306; 138.207028Coordinates: 36°48′22.7″N 138°12′25.3″E / 36.806306°N 138.207028°E / 36.806306; 138.207028
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
Prefecture Nagano
District Kamiminochi
Area
 • Total 149.30 km2 (57.65 sq mi)
Population (October 2016)
 • Total 8,342
 • Density 55.9/km2 (145/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Prunus sargentii
• Flower Cosmos
• Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 026-255-3111
Address 428-2 Kashiwabara, Shinano-machi, Kamiminochi-gun, Nagano-ken 389-1305
Website www.town.shinano.lg.jp
Kurohime Ski area

Shinano (信濃町 Shinano-machi?) is a town located in Kamiminochi District in south-central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. As of 1 October 2016, the town had an estimated population of 8,342 and a population density of 55.9 persons per km². Its total area was 149.30 square kilometres (57.65 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Shinano is located in far northern Nagano Prefecture, bordered by Niigata Prefecture to the north. Lake Nojiri and Mount Kurohime are in Shinano.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Shinano has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa/Dfb) characterized by short warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall.

Climate data for Shinano (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.1
(34)
1.6
(34.9)
5.4
(41.7)
13.5
(56.3)
19.0
(66.2)
22.0
(71.6)
25.6
(78.1)
27.3
(81.1)
22.8
(73)
16.7
(62.1)
10.7
(51.3)
4.4
(39.9)
14.2
(57.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.2
(26.2)
−2.9
(26.8)
0.6
(33.1)
7.4
(45.3)
12.9
(55.2)
17.0
(62.6)
20.8
(69.4)
22.1
(71.8)
17.7
(63.9)
11.2
(52.2)
5.1
(41.2)
−0.2
(31.6)
9.1
(48.4)
Average low °C (°F) −8.1
(17.4)
−8
(18)
−4.3
(24.3)
1.7
(35.1)
7.4
(45.3)
12.8
(55)
17.2
(63)
18.3
(64.9)
13.7
(56.7)
6.5
(43.7)
0.4
(32.7)
−4.7
(23.5)
4.4
(39.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 106.5
(4.193)
91.7
(3.61)
91.8
(3.614)
64.7
(2.547)
84.6
(3.331)
122.7
(4.831)
178.5
(7.028)
112.3
(4.421)
146.0
(5.748)
96.7
(3.807)
80.4
(3.165)
92.9
(3.657)
1,268.8
(49.952)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 251
(98.8)
212
(83.5)
138
(54.3)
17
(6.7)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
20
(7.9)
162
(63.8)
800
(315)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 90.6 104.5 135.3 177.1 179.6 137.9 135.5 173.0 119.7 125.4 113.3 100.5 1,592.4
Source: [1]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Shinano was part of ancient Shinano Province. The modern village of Shinano was created by the merger of the villages of Kawashiwabara and Fujisato on July 1, 1955. Shinano merged with the neighboring villages of Furuma and Shinanojiri to form the town of Shinano on September 30, 1956.

Education[edit]

Shinano has one combined public elementary/middle school operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Shinano[edit]

References[edit]

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