Shintō, Gunma

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Shintō village office
Shintō village office
Flag of Shintō
Official seal of Shintō
Location of Shintō in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Shintō in Gunma Prefecture
Shintō is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°26′18.18″N 138°58′1.7″E / 36.4383833°N 138.967139°E / 36.4383833; 138.967139Coordinates: 36°26′18.18″N 138°58′1.7″E / 36.4383833°N 138.967139°E / 36.4383833; 138.967139
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Gunma Prefecture
District Kitagunma
 • Total 27.92 km2 (10.78 sq mi)
Population (February 2015)
 • Total 14,343
 • Density 514/km2 (1,330/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
• Tree Cryptomeria
• Flower Lilium auratum
• Bird Japanese bush-warbler
Phone number 0279-54-2211
Address 1258-1 Yamakoda, Shintō-mura, Kitagunma-gun, Gunma-ken 370-3593
Website Official website

Shintō (榛東村?, Shintō-mura) is a village located in Kitagunma District of central Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of February 2015, the village had an estimated population of 14,343 and a population density of 514 persons per km2. Its total area was 27.92 km2.


Located in central Gunma, Shintō sits between the slopes of Mount Haruna and the Tone River region.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Shintō contains numerous kofun burial mounds from the 6th century. On April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration, Momoi village was established within Nishigunma District, Gunma. In 1896, Nishigunma District was united with Kataoka DIstrict to create Gunma District, which was subsequently divided in 1949 with Momoi village becoming part of Kitagunma District. The village was the scene of the Girard incident in 1957, in which an American soldier stationed at Shintō shot and killed a Japanese civilian, sparking a jurisdictional dispute between the Japanese and American governments.[1] In 1957, a portion of Sōma village was merged with Momoi village. Momoi was renamed Shintō on August 1, 1959.


Traditionally, the economy of Shintō was heavily dependent on agriculture; however, the area has developed into a bedroom community for neighboring Takasaki and Maebashi. The village also hosts JGSDF Camp Soumagahara, home of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force JGSDF 12th Brigade


  • Shintō Middle School
  • Kita Elementary School
  • Minami Elementary School


Shintō is not served by any railway services. The nearest station is Gumma-Sōja in the city of Maebashi to the south. Shintō is not served by any national highways.


External links[edit]

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