Tsunan

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Tsunan
津南町
Town
Tsunan town hall
Tsunan town hall
Flag of Tsunan
Flag
Official seal of Tsunan
Seal
Location of Tsunan in Niigata
Location of Tsunan in Niigata
Tsunan is located in Japan
Tsunan
Tsunan
 
Coordinates: 37°0′51.4″N 138°39′9.1″E / 37.014278°N 138.652528°E / 37.014278; 138.652528Coordinates: 37°0′51.4″N 138°39′9.1″E / 37.014278°N 138.652528°E / 37.014278; 138.652528
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture NIigata
District Nakauonuma
Area
 • Total 170.21 km2 (65.72 sq mi)
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 9,851
 • Density 57.9/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Paulownia tomentosa
• Flower Chrysanthemum morifolium
• Bird Japanese bush-warbler
Phone number 025-765-3111
Address 585 Shimofunato, Tsunan-machi, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata-ken 949-8201
Website www.town.tsunan.niigata.jp

Tsunan (津南町?, Tsunan-machi) is a town located in Nakauonuma District, Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan. As of 1 June 2016, the town had an estimated population of 9,851 and a population density of 57.9 persons per km². Its total area was 170.21 square kilometres (65.72 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Tsunan is located in southwestern Niigata Prefecture, in a mountainous area bordering northern Nagano Prefecture. Due to its geographical location between the Sea of Japan and the surrounding Japanese Alps it has one of the highest annual snowfalls in Japan. There are numerous ski resorts within the region. Mount Naeba, 2143 meters, is partly located within the town limits.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Tsunan, Niigata (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.7
(35.1)
2.2
(36)
5.7
(42.3)
13.2
(55.8)
19.8
(67.6)
23.2
(73.8)
26.5
(79.7)
28.4
(83.1)
23.6
(74.5)
17.4
(63.3)
11.4
(52.5)
5.2
(41.4)
14.86
(58.76)
Daily mean °C (°F) −1.4
(29.5)
−1.3
(29.7)
1.7
(35.1)
8.0
(46.4)
14.4
(57.9)
18.7
(65.7)
22.2
(72)
23.6
(74.5)
19.2
(66.6)
13.0
(55.4)
7.0
(44.6)
1.6
(34.9)
10.56
(51.03)
Average low °C (°F) −4.7
(23.5)
−5.2
(22.6)
−2.3
(27.9)
3.3
(37.9)
9.4
(48.9)
14.8
(58.6)
18.7
(65.7)
19.8
(67.6)
15.5
(59.9)
9.0
(48.2)
3.2
(37.8)
−1.5
(29.3)
6.67
(43.99)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 235.9
(9.287)
157.0
(6.181)
116.8
(4.598)
79.7
(3.138)
102.2
(4.024)
136.1
(5.358)
184.4
(7.26)
152.9
(6.02)
177.2
(6.976)
151.1
(5.949)
164.2
(6.465)
218.1
(8.587)
1,875.6
(73.843)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 443
(174.4)
320
(126)
208
(81.9)
75
(29.5)
4
(1.6)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
27
(10.6)
272
(107.1)
1,349
(531.1)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 68.6 82.4 113.6 166.8 181.2 140.3 138.8 174.7 119.6 123.4 105.5 84.9 1,499.8
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

History[edit]

The area of present-day Tsunan was part of ancient Echigo Province. The modern town of Tsunan was established on January 1, 1955 by the merger of the villages of Tomaru, Kamigo, Ashigasaki, Akinari, Nakafukami and Shimofunato.

Economy[edit]

The local economy is dominated by agriculture. The area is known for its rice, sake, tomatoes, sunflowers, and buckwheat noodles.

Education[edit]

Tsunan has three public elementary schools and one public middle school. There is one public high school operated by the Niigata Prefecture Board of Education.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

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