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is a city
||A is a local administrative unit in Japan. Cities are ranked on the same level as and , with the difference that they are not a component of...
located in Nagano
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of the island of Honshū. The capital is the city of Nagano.- History :Nagano was formerly known as the province of Shinano...
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...
. It markets itself as "Japan's Hometown".
The city was founded on August 1, 1954. As of 2008, the city has an estimated population
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of 23,969 and the density
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of 118 persons per km². The total area is 202.32 km². The Chikuma River (the longest river in Japan) runs through the centre of the area and becomes known as the Shinano River when it passes into Niigata Prefecture. Contrary to a popular misconception, the city has no relationships with the TV and electronics manufacturer Iiyama
is a manufacturer of high end computer monitors, medical monitors and televisions, named after the city Iiyama in Nagano, Japan. The company was founded in 1973....
There are many well known ski resorts in the area. These include Nozawa Onsen, Madarao Sympathique, Madarao Kogen, Tangram Ski Circus, Togari Onsen, Shinanodaira, Iiyama Kokusai and Hokuryuko
Iiyama also hosts a number of popular festivals such as the Iiyama Snow Festival in mid-February, Iiyama Dontokoi in August, as well as the Newport Jazz Festival each summer in Madarao.