Ogawa (小川村 Ogawa-mura) is a village located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2019[update], the village had an estimated population of 2,585 in 1074 households , and a population density of 44 persons per km². The total area of the village is 58.11 square kilometres (22.44 sq mi). Ogawa is listed as one of The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan.
Ogawa Village Hall
Location of Ogawa in Nagano Prefecture
|• Total||58.11 km2 (22.44 sq mi)|
|• Density||44/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||8800-8 Takafu, Ogawa-mura, Kamiminochi-gun, Nagano-ken 381-3302|
Ogawa is located in the mountains of northwestern Nagano Prefecture.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Ogawa has declined over the past 60 years.
The village has a humid continental climate characterized by characterized by short, hot and humid summers, and cold winters with heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Ogawa is 10.3 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1273 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.3 °C.
The area of present-day Ogawa was part of ancient Shinano Province. The villages of Kita-Ogawa and Minami-Ogawa were created with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The two villages merged to form the village of Ogawa on April 1, 1955.
The economy of Ogawa is agricultural, primarily rice cultivation and horticulture.
Ogawa has one public elementary school and one public middle school operated by the village government. The village does not have a high school.
- Furusato Land Ogawa, local history museum