Mitake, Gifu

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Mitake Town Hall
Mitake Town Hall
Flag of Mitake
Official seal of Mitake
Location of Mitake in Gifu Prefecture
Location of Mitake in Gifu Prefecture
Mitake is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°26′3.9″N 137°07′50.6″E / 35.434417°N 137.130722°E / 35.434417; 137.130722Coordinates: 35°26′3.9″N 137°07′50.6″E / 35.434417°N 137.130722°E / 35.434417; 137.130722
 • MayorKimio Watanabe
 • Total56.69 km2 (21.89 sq mi)
 (January 1, 2019)
 • Total18,363
 • Density320/km2 (840/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
- TreeJapanese red pine
- FlowerChrysanthemum morifolium
Phone number0574-67-2111
AddressMitake 1239-1, Mitake-chō, Kani-gun, Gifu-ken 505-0192
WebsiteOfficial website (in Japanese)

Mitake (御嵩町, Mitake-chō) is a town located in Kani District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 January 2019, the town had an estimated population of 18,363 and a population density of 330 persons per km2, in 7,348 households.[1] The total area of the town was 56.69 square kilometres (21.89 sq mi).


Mitake is located at the edge of the Nōbi Plain in south-central Gifu Prefecture. The Kiso River runs through the town. The town has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Mitake is 14.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1986 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.0 °C.[2]

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Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Mitake has increased over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 14,798
1980 16,794
1990 18,830
2000 19,653
2010 18,824


The area around Mitake was part of traditional Mino Province. During the Edo period, Fushimi-juku and Mitake-juku prospered as post stations on the Nakasendō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto. During the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reforms, the area was organised into Kani District, Gifu Prefecture. The town of Mitake was formed in 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. On February 1, 1955, Mitake absorbed the neighbouring towns on Fushimi and Naka, and the village of Kaminogo.


Mitake was once a major producing area of lignite coal, with more than 100 coal mines operating during its peak around 1947, producing more than a quarter of the nation's output; however by 1968 the last mines closed. Land subsidence is now a growing problem in the town.


Mitake has three public elementary schools and three public middle school operated by the town government and one public junior high school operated by neighbouring Kani city. The town has two public high schools operated by the Gifu Prefectural Board of Education.




The town is not located on any national highways.


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