Ashikaga, Tochigi

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Ashikaga
足利市
City
From top, Tchatching roof built of Ashikaga School, Ashikaga Flower Park, View of Downtown Ashikaga and Watarase River, Banna Temple, Ashikaga Municipal Art Museum, Soun Art Museum, Kurita Art Museum
From top, Tchatching roof built of Ashikaga School, Ashikaga Flower Park, View of Downtown Ashikaga and Watarase River, Banna Temple, Ashikaga Municipal Art Museum, Soun Art Museum, Kurita Art Museum
Flag of Ashikaga
Flag
Location of Ashikaga in Tochigi Prefecture
Location of Ashikaga in Tochigi Prefecture
Ashikaga is located in Japan
Ashikaga
Ashikaga
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°20′N 139°27′E / 36.333°N 139.450°E / 36.333; 139.450Coordinates: 36°20′N 139°27′E / 36.333°N 139.450°E / 36.333; 139.450
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tochigi Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Minoru Omamiuda
Area
 • Total 177.82 km2 (68.66 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total 153,766
 • Density 860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Maple
- Flower Azalea
Address 3-2145 Honjo,Ashikaga
326-8601
Phone number 0284-20-2222
Website Ashikaga City

Ashikaga (足利市 Ashikaga-shi?) is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It is 80 km north of Tokyo. The city was founded on January 1, 1921.

As of April 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 153,766, with 59,219 households and a population density of 864.73 persons per km². The total area is 177.82 km².

History[edit]

Ashikaga from Nearby Mountain

During the Heian Period, Ashikaga was developed by Minamoto no Yoshikuni, whose descendants later became the Ashikaga clan.

Ashikaga has long been noted for its textile industry, but in recent years it has also become known as an industrial and commercial city producing various aluminum, machine metal works and products.

Education[edit]

Ashikaga is home to Ashikaga Kogyō Daigaku Fuzoku High School for boys, as well as Ashikaga Tanki Daigaku Fuzoku High School for girls. These are notable due to a 26-year standing foreign exchange program with Elk Grove High School, in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The city was also recently named a special area for English education by the Japanese government, as all the junior high schools have native English-speaking ALTs, one hailing from Ashikaga's sister City, Springfield (Illinois), United States.

Tourism[edit]

Ashikaga Gakko's main gate
Ashikaga Banna-ji


  • Ashikaga Gakkō (足利学校):referred to as the oldest school in Japan.
  • Ashikaga Flower Park (足利フラワーパーク):Japan's oldest and largest wisteria.

Other locations popular with domestic tourists include

  • Orihime Shrine(織姫神社): This shrine was built in 1879,the guardians of the textile city, Ashikaga.
  • Bannaji Temple(鑁阿寺): A temple known for its association with the Ashikaga clan.
  • Kurita Museum (栗田美術館): This museum has a fine collection of Imari and Nabeshima porcelains.

The Watarase River Fireworks display, which takes places on the first Saturday of August attracts thousands of people from around the Kantō area.

The foothills on the outskirts of town are home to Coco Farm & Winery. Founded around 1950, the vineyards are tended by adults with special needs and staff members living in community. During the third weekend of November, a harvest festival is held with live music and wine-tasting. Thousands of visitors attend every year.

Transportation[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

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External links[edit]

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