Nakagawa
中川村
Nakagawa Village Hall
Location of Nakagawa in Nagano Prefecture
Nakagawa
Nakagawa
 
Coordinates: 35°38′4.3″N 137°56′45.5″E / 35.634528°N 137.945972°E / 35.634528; 137.945972Coordinates: 35°38′4.3″N 137°56′45.5″E / 35.634528°N 137.945972°E / 35.634528; 137.945972
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
PrefectureNagano
DistrictKamiina
Area
 • Total77.05 km2 (29.75 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2019)
 • Total4,910
 • Density64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeChamaecyparis obtusa
• FlowerPonerorchis
Phone number0265-88-3001
Address4045-1 Okusa, Nakagawa-mura, Kamiina-gun, Nagano-ken 399-3892
WebsiteOfficial website
Nakagawa village from Makigahara Bridge
Nakagawa village from Makigahara Bridge

Nakagawa (中川村, Nakagawa-mura) is a village located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2019, the village had an estimated population of 4,910 in 1628 households,[1] and a population density of 64 persons per km². The total area of the village is 77.05 square kilometres (29.75 sq mi). Nakagawa is listed as one of The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan.[2]

Geography

Nakagawa is located in the Ina Valley of south-central Nagano Prefecture in the Kiso Mountains. The Tenryū River flows through the village. The Koshibu Dam is located in Nakagawa.

Surrounding municipalities

Demographics

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Nakagawa has been declining over the past 60 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1940 8,384—    
1950 9,327+11.2%
1960 7,751−16.9%
1970 5,816−25.0%
1980 5,524−5.0%
1990 5,518−0.1%
2000 5,475−0.8%
2010 5,074−7.3%

Climate

The village has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Nakagawa is 9.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1691 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.25 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.4 °C.[4]

History

The area of present-day Nakagawa was part of ancient Shinano Province. The villages of Katagiri and Minakata merged on August 1, 1959 to form the village of Nakagawa.

Education

The village has two public elementary schools and one public junior high school operated by the village government. The village does not have a high school.

Transportation

Railway

Highway

Notable people from Nakagawa

References