Nakatsugawa, Gifu

Nakatsugawa, Gifu
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Location of Nakatsugawa in Gifu
Nakatsugawa is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°29′N 137°30′E / 35.483°N 137.5°E / 35.483; 137.5Coordinates: 35°29′N 137°30′E / 35.483°N 137.5°E / 35.483; 137.5
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Gifu
 – Mayor Kōji Ōyama (since May 2004)[1]
 – Total 676.38 km2 (261.2 sq mi)
Population (July 2011[2])
 – Total 80,573
 – Density 119.1/km2 (308.5/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols
- Tree Sciadopitys verticillata
- Flower Enkianthus campanulatus
Phone number 81-(0)573-66-1111
Address Kayanoki-chō 2-1, Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu-ken
Website City of Nakatsugawa
Downtown area of Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa (中津川市 Nakatsugawa-shi?) is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1952.



During Japan's Edo period, Nakatsugawa was a post town, known as Nakatsugawa-juku, one of the 69 Stations of the Nakasendō along the Nakasendō. The travel route ran from the Nihonbashi in Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Sanjō Ōhashi in the imperial capital of Kyoto. It was one of the five major routes used in the Edo period, and one of two that connected Edo and Kyoto. Nakatsugawa is planned as a stop for the Chūō Shinkansen maglev train line.


On February 13, 2005 the towns of Tsukechi, Fukuoka and Sakashita and the villages of Hirukawa, Kashimo and Kawaue, all from the former Ena District (which was dissolved by this merger), and the village of Yamaguchi from Kiso District, Nagano Prefecture, merged into Nakatsugawa.[3]

Following the merger the city had an estimated population of 86,498 and a density of 128 persons per km². The total area is 676.38 km².

Local Specialties

The Japanese place a high priority on food, particularly during traveling and touring, and most regions in Japan are well known for their particular local delicacies. For the Japanese, sampling these on one's travels is considered one of the highlights of travel within Japan.

Nakatsugawa is known for its abundant chestnut harvest and the chestnut delicacies known as kurikinton (栗きんとん). Kurikinton are produced by first boiling and then mashing the chestnuts, then mixing them with sugar and reforming them into a chestnut shape. They are widely available during the Autumn months. Many families make their own in their own kitchens, while purchased kurikinton are extremely popular as well for home consumption and as gifts.




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