Otari (小谷村, Otari-mura) is a village located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 November 2018, the village had an estimated population of 2,914 in 1251 households [1], and a population density of 11 persons per km². The total area of the village is 267.91 square kilometres (103.44 sq mi).

Otari

小谷村
Otari Village Hall
Otari Village Hall
Flag of Otari
Flag
Official seal of Otari
Seal
Location of Otari in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Otari in Nagano Prefecture
Otari is located in Japan
Otari
Otari
 
Coordinates: 36°46′44.6″N 137°54′29.7″E / 36.779056°N 137.908250°E / 36.779056; 137.908250Coordinates: 36°46′44.6″N 137°54′29.7″E / 36.779056°N 137.908250°E / 36.779056; 137.908250
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
PrefectureNagano
DistrictKitaazumi
Government
 • MayorMatsumoto Hisashi
Area
 • Total267.91 km2 (103.44 sq mi)
Population
 (November 2018)
 • Total2,914
 • Density11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeFagus crenata
• FlowerPrunus sargentii
Phone number0261-82-2001
Address131 Nakaotari, Otari-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano-ken 399-9494
WebsiteOfficial website
Hakuba Oike in Otari

GeographyEdit

Otari is located in the mountainous far northwestern Nagano Prefecture, bordered by Niigata Prefecture to the north and west. Much of the village is within the borders of the Chūbu-Sangaku National Park or the Myōkō-Togakushi Renzan National Park.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Otari has remained decreased considerably over the past60 years.

YearPop.±%
1940 8,243—    
1950 8,279+0.4%
1960 7,917−4.4%
1970 5,893−25.6%
1980 5,165−12.4%
1990 4,474−13.4%
2000 4,276−4.4%
2010 3,225−24.6%

ClimateEdit

The village has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Otari is 10.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1420 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.7 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.1 °C.[3]

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Otari was part of ancient Shinano Province and was part of the territory controlled by Matsumoto Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of the Edo period. The modern village of Otari was established on April 1, 1954 by the merger of the villages of Minami-Otari, Kita-Otari and Nakatsuchi.

EducationEdit

Otari has one public elementary school and one public middle school operated by the village government. The village does not have a high school.

TransportationEdit

International relationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Otari Village official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Otari population statistics
  3. ^ Otari climate data
  4. ^ a b "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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