Achi (阿智村, Achi-mura) is a village located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2019, the village had an estimated population of 6,379 in 2360 households [1], and a population density of 30.7 persons per km². The total area of the village is 214.43 square kilometres (82.79 sq mi).[2]

Achi

阿智村
Achi Village Hall
Achi Village Hall
Flag of Achi
Flag
Official seal of Achi
Seal
Location of Achi in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Achi in Nagano Prefecture
Achi is located in Japan
Achi
Achi
 
Coordinates: 35°26′37.7″N 137°44′51.1″E / 35.443806°N 137.747528°E / 35.443806; 137.747528Coordinates: 35°26′37.7″N 137°44′51.1″E / 35.443806°N 137.747528°E / 35.443806; 137.747528
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
PrefectureNagano
DistrictShimoina
Area
 • Total214.43 km2 (82.79 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2019)
 • Total6,379
 • Density30/km2 (77/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeAesculus turbinata
• FlowerAdonis amurensis
Phone number0265-43-2220
Address483 Komaba, Achi-mura, Shimoina-gun, Nagano-ken 395-0303
WebsiteOfficial website
Hirugami Onsen in Achi

GeographyEdit

Achi is located in mountainous far southwestern Nagano Prefecture, bordered by Gifu Prefecture to the west. Mount Ena (2191 meters) is on the border of the village with Gifu Prefecture

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Achi has decreased over the past 50 years.

YearPop.±%
1940 11,462—    
1950 12,662+10.5%
1960 10,515−17.0%
1970 8,329−20.8%
1980 7,818−6.1%
1990 7,807−0.1%
2000 7,757−0.6%
2010 7,035−9.3%

ClimateEdit

The town has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Achi is 10.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1944 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around -1.6 °C.[4]

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Achi was part of ancient Shinano Province. The modern villages of Ochi, Chiri and Goka were established on April 1, 1889 by the establishment of the municipalities system. The three villages merged on September 30, 1956 to form the village of Achi. The neighboring village of Namiai was annexed on January 1, 2006.

On March 31, 2009 the village of Seinaiji, also in Shimoina District, was merged into Achi.[5]

EconomyEdit

The economy of Achi is based on agriculture, with Jerusalem artichoke, garlic and Yacón as noted local specialities

EducationEdit

Achi has five public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the village government and one private elementary school. The village has one public high school, which is operated by the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  • The village has no passenger railway service.

HighwayEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Notable people from AchiEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Achi Village official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ "Archived copy" 阿智村の紹介 > 阿智村の概要. Achi official website (in Japanese). Achi Village. Archived from the original on December 19, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Achi population statistics
  4. ^ Achi climate data
  5. ^ http://www.kokudo.or.jp/new/cities/sub/chubu/20.htm Archived April 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit