Location of Nasushiobara in Tochigi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Kenji Akutsu|
|• Total||592.82 km2 (228.89 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2011)|
|• Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Yatsuo Tsutsuji (Rhododendron pentaphyllum var. nikoense)|
|Address||108-2, Kyōkonsha, Nasushiobara-shi, Tochigi-ken
Nasushiobara (那須塩原市 Nasushiobara-shi?) is a city located in northern Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Nasushiobara is the northernmost city in the Kantō region of Japan, bordering Fukushima Prefecture to the north, as well as nationally famous Nikkō City and the town of Nasu within Tochigi.
The modern city of Nasushiobara was established on January 1, 2005, from the merger of the former city of Kuroiso, and the towns of Nishinasuno and Shiobara (both previously constituent towns of the separate Nasu District).
With three train stations on the JR East Tōhoku Main Line, as well as northern Tochigi's only shinkansen station (at Nasushiobara Station), Nasushiobara serves as a gateway for tourism in northern Tochigi. The neighboring town of Nasu, famous for its mountain hot springs (onsen) and for the Nasu Imperial Villa, can be accessed by bus from Nasushiobara's Kuroiso Station. Within Nasushiobara, the onsen resort town of Shiobara is also a popular tourist destination. The city also claims northern Tochigi's only multiplex movie theater and outlet mall. Utsunomiya Kyowa University is based in the city.
- JR East Lines
The Tōhoku Expressway runs through Nasushiobara, with two interchanges within the city at the Nishinasuno Interchange and the Kuroiso Interchange. National Routes 4 and 400 also run through the city.
Media related to Nasushiobara, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons
- Nasushiobara City official website (Japanese)
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