Hida, Gifu

Hida, Gifu
—  City  —

Location of Hida in Gifu
Hida is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°14′N 137°11′E / 36.233°N 137.183°E / 36.233; 137.183Coordinates: 36°14′N 137°11′E / 36.233°N 137.183°E / 36.233; 137.183
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Gifu
 – Mayor Hisanori Inoue
 – Total 792.31 km2 (305.9 sq mi)
Population (July 2011[1])
 – Total 26,403
 – Density 33.3/km2 (86.3/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols
- Tree Beech
- Flower Lysichiton camtschatcense
Phone number 0577-73-2111
Address 2-22 Hon-machi, Furukawa-chō, Hida-shi, Gifu-ken
Website City of Hida
Hida-furukawa Station

Hida (飛騨市 Hida-shi?) is the northernmost city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It received its name from the historical province of Hida Province, which was centered around the same area.

The official kanji for the city is actually 飛驒, which uses the old rendering of the 騨 character. However, the 驒 characters is not included on the official list of usable characters (as decided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications), so the 騨 character is often used outside of the city.



The city was established on February 1, 2004 by the merger of the towns of Furukawa and Kamioka and the villages of Kawai and Miyagawa, all from Yoshiki District.


The city is located on the northern part of the Hida Plateau. The city is geographically divided into two areas, the eastern and western half. The Takahara River flows through the eastern half the city and the Miya River flows through the western half (both rivers are part of the Jinzū River river system). A mountainous region separates the two sides and the population generally clusters around the two river valleys.

Much of the area within the city's borders is covered in forests. There are many mountains that reach higher than 1,000 feet (305 m), though some peaks in the Hida Mountains reach even higher, going beyond 2,000 feet (610 m).


The main two traditional economies in the city are the production of sake and Japanese candles. The Furukawa area of the city is known for both of these crafts, though the Kamioka section is also known for its sake production.



JR Central operates seven stations within Hida along the Takayama Main Line. The main station for the city is Hida-Furukawa Station. The other six stations are north of Hida-Furukawa and are, in order: Sugisaki, Hida-Hosoe, Tsunogawa, Sakakami, Utsubo and Sugihara stations.


The major expressway through the city is the Tōkai-Hokuriku Expressway, which connects the cities of Nagoya and Gifu with Toyama. Four national highways run through the city as well: National Routes 41, 360, 471 and 472.

Neighboring municipalities

Gifu Prefecture
Takayama, Shirakawa (Ōno District)
Toyama Prefecture
Toyama, Nanto


External links

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