Tateyama, Toyama

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Tateyama Town Office
Tateyama Town Office
Flag of Tateyama
Official seal of Tateyama
Location of Tateyama in Toyama Prefecture
Location of Tateyama in Toyama Prefecture
Tateyama is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°39′48.8″N 137°18′49.3″E / 36.663556°N 137.313694°E / 36.663556; 137.313694Coordinates: 36°39′48.8″N 137°18′49.3″E / 36.663556°N 137.313694°E / 36.663556; 137.313694
RegionChūbu (Hokuriku)
 • Total307.29 km2 (118.65 sq mi)
 (June 2018)
 • Total26,212
 • Density85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreeCryptomeria
• FlowerChrysanthemum
• Flowering TreeSatsuki azalea
Address2440 Maezawa, Tateyama-machi, Nakaniikawa-gun, Toyama-ken 930-0292
WebsiteOfficial website

Tateyama (立山町, Tateyama-machi) is a town located in Nakaniikawa District, Toyama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2016, the town had an estimated population of 26,212 in 9452 households [1] and a population density of 85 persons per km². The total area of the town was 307.29 square kilometres (118.65 sq mi).


Tateyama is located in east central Toyama Prefecture. The town is located in the Tateyama Mountain Range.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Tateyama has remained steady over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 27,473
1980 27,870
1990 27,237
2000 27,994
2010 27,466


The town has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by hot summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Tateyama is 13.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2242 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around 2.1 °C.[3]


The area of present-day Tateyama was part of ancient Etchū Province. The village of Tatayama was created on May 12, 1894. It was elevated to town status on January 10, 1954.

Until about the end of the Edo period, the Gohyakkoku region was called Takaharano. It originates from a time when village government officials asked the Kaga clan for permission to reclaim an open area of wild fields that was worth five hundred kokudaka, or gohyaku-kokudaka. Development went underway, and permission was granted for the formation of a town in the area. Around the area of Gohyakkoku Tenman Shrine, traffic from north to south formed between Toyama Bay and Mt. Tateyama. from there, they would intersect with streets that ran east to west from the town to central Toyama City. This set the scene for growing areas of agriculture and businesses. [4]


Tateyama has seven public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the village government. There is one public high school operated by the Toyama Board of Education.

The elementary schools are: Tateyama Elementary School, Kamagafuchi Elementary School, Takano Elementary School, Tateyama Chuo Elementary School, Rita Elementary School, Hokubu Elementary School, and Nichuano Elementary School. The middle school and high school are both named Oyama, for the shrines on Tateyama mountain.

Until 2016, there was an eighth elementary school called Shinseto Elementary, but it has since been closed due to a low number of attendees as a result of migration away from the mountainous area and towards the center of the main town.

Tateyama Town's Oyama Junior High School has been reported by Education Departments to have some of the highest English abilities in Toyama Prefecture.


Tateyama Town's Mascot is Raijii, taking the "Rai" from "Raicho" (Toyama Prefecture's bird found on Mt. Tateyama, the ptarmigan) and "jii" from "ojiisan" (lit. "old man"). He is said to be 20,005 years old, and his birthday is April 16th. He carries a walking stick and his hat is in the shape of the three mountains that make up Tateyama. His job is to patrol Tateyama and protect the beautiful nature found there. [5]




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