, the capital city
of Nagano Prefecture
, is located in the northern part of the prefecture near the confluence
of the Chikuma
and the Sai rivers, on the main Japanese
island of Honshū
As of July 1, 2006 the city had an estimated
population of 378,059. The total land area is 737.86 km²!
Within hours after a major earthquake
and resulting tsunami
hit northeastern Japan near Sendai
(see 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
), a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Nagano Prefecture
on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 3:59am local time. There were no reports of damage or casualties.
Nagano is most famous for Zenkō-ji
, a 7th century Buddhist
temple which overlooks the city. A million tourists visit Nagano annually, the gateway to a variety of sightseeing spots. Nagano was originally a small town in Kamiminochi District
built around the hilltop temple, the largest wooden building in eastern Japan, but the city now encompasses locations that were within Sarashina
, and Kamitakai
districts as well.
The prefecture of Nagano is in a hilly area.
- All but the city of Myōkō are within Nagano Prefecture.