Tsumagoi, Gunma

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36°31'00"N
138°31'48"E
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Tsumagoi (嬬恋村, Tsumagoi-mura) is a village located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 September 2020, the village had an estimated population of 9,546 in 3999 households, and a population density of 28 persons per km². The total area of the village is 337.51 square kilometres (130.31 sq mi).

Geography

Tsumagoi is situated on the northwestern corner of Gunma Prefecture, touching Nagano Prefecture to the north, south, and west. Because of its elevated location and the ash deposits of Mount Asama, Tsumagoi is well known for growing cabbages. Parts of the village are within the borders of then Jōshin'etsu-kōgen National Park. Mountains: Mount Asama (2568m), Mount Motoshirane (2171m), Mount Kusatsu-Shirane (2160m), Mount Azumaya (2354m) Rivers: Agatsuma River Lakes: Lake Baragi, Lake Tashiro

Surrounding municipalities

Gunma Prefecture Kusatsu NaganoharaNagano Prefecture Karuizawa Komoro Takayama Suzaka Ueda Tōmi Miyota

Climate

Tsumagoi has a Humid continental climate (Köppen DBf) characterized by warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall, due to the high elevation. Winters are cold, with a January 24-hour average temperature of −4.6 °C (23.7 °F), while summers are warm and wet, with a July 24-hour average temperature of 19.5 °C (67.1 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1345 mm with September as the wettest month.

Demographics

Per Japanese census data, the population of Tsumagoi has remained relatively steady over the past 50 years.

History

Numerous Jōmon period remains have been found in Tsumagoi, although later Yayoi period artifacts are almost non-existent, as the area is not suitable for rice cultivation. During the Edo period, the area around Tsumagoi was part of the hatamoto-administered territory within Kōzuke Province. With the creation of the modern municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration on April 1, 1889, the village of Tsumagoi was created within Agatsuma District of Gunma Prefecture.

Government

Tsumagoi has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral village council of 12 members. Tsumagoi collectively with the other municipalities in Agatsuma District, contributes two members to the Gunma Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the village is part of Gunma 5th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Economy

The economy of Tsumagoi is primarily agricultural, with cabbage forming the most noted local crop. Seasonal tourism primarily in connection with its onsen hot spring resorts and ski resorts are also major contributors to the local economy.

Education

Tsumagoi has two public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government, and one public high schools operated by the Gunma Prefectural Board of Education.

Senior high schools

Tsumagoi High School

Junior high schools

Tsumagoi Junior High School

Elementary schools

Higashi Elementary School Nishi Elementary School

Transportation

Railway

JR East – Agatsuma Line Fukurogura - Manza-Kazawaguchi - Ōmae

Highway

National Route 144 National Route 146 National Route 292 National Route 406

Local attractions

The main draw of tourists to Tsumagoi are the onsen (natural hot spring) resorts, some of which are also associated with ski resorts. There are two major hot spring resort areas within the town. Manza Onsen and ski resort Kazawa Onsen and ski resort Tsumagoi Onsen Handeki Onsen

Noted people from Tsumagoi

Akira Kuroiwa, Olympic gold medalist speed skater Toshiyuki Kuroiwa, Okympic silver medalist speed skater Masato Kobayashi, professional baseball player
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