Tatsuno, Nagano

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Tatsuno Town Hall
Tatsuno Town Hall
Flag of Tatsuno
Official seal of Tatsuno
Location of Tatsuno in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Tatsuno in Nagano Prefecture
Tatsuno is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°58′56.7″N 137°59′15.2″E / 35.982417°N 137.987556°E / 35.982417; 137.987556Coordinates: 35°58′56.7″N 137°59′15.2″E / 35.982417°N 137.987556°E / 35.982417; 137.987556
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
Prefecture Nagano
District Kamiina
 • Total 169.20 km2 (65.33 sq mi)
Population (October 2016)
 • Total 19,236
 • Density 114/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
• Flower Adonis amurensis
Phone number 0266-41-1111
Address 1-banchi, Chuo Nakaminowa, Tatsuno-machi, Kitaina-gun, Nagano-ken 399-0493
Website www.town.tatsuno.nagano.jp
Kojinyama Park, Tatsuno

Tatsuno (辰野町, Tatsuno-machi?) is a town located in Kamiina District in south-central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. As of 1 October 2016, the town had an estimated population of 19,236 and a population density of 114 persons per km². Its total area was 169.20 square kilometres (65.33 sq mi).


Tatsuno is located in the Ina Valley of south-central Nagano Prefecture, bordered by the Kiso Mountains. The Tenryū River flows through the town, which is surrounded by mountains and is rich in a natural environment. It is takes about 3 hours from Tokyo, 2 hours from Nagoya, 5 hours from Kyoto by train and equally by car. Part of the town is within the borders of the Enrei Ōjō Prefectural Natural Park. The Yokokawa Dam is located in Tatsuno.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Tatsuno was part of ancient Shinano Province. The village of Inatomi established on April 1, 1889 by the establishment of the municipalities system, and was elevated to town status on January 1, 1947, changing its name to Tatsuno at that time. The neighboring village of Asahi was annexed on April 1, 1955, followed by Kawashima on September 30, 1956 and Ono n March 31, 1961.


Tatsuno has five public elementary schools and five public middle school operated by the town government, and one high school operated the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education. The Shinshu Honan Junior College us also located in Tatsuno.




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Local attractions[edit]

  • Matsuo-kyo (松尾峡?): one of the most famous places in Japan for fireflies (called Genji fireflies (ゲンジボタル?) in Japan) every summer. However, the intentional introduction of non-native fireflies and its negative influence on the native fireflies of Tatsuno were highlighted in an academic journal.[1] and several major newspapers.[2][3][4]
  • Enrei Ōjō Prefectural Natural Park


  1. ^ Y. Iguchi (2009) The ecological impact of an introduced population on a native population in the firefly Luciola cruciata (Coleoptera: Lampyridae).Biodiversity and Conservation, 18: 82119-2126. http://www.springerlink.com/content/5426518h66681m41/.
  2. ^ Asahi Shimbun (Jun 17, 2008; Nagano Chunan edition, p27).
  3. ^ Mainichi Shimbun (Jun 22, 2008; Nagano Nanshin edition, p25).
  4. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun (July 28, 2008; evening edition, p13).

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