Nasushiobara, Tochigi

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Nasushiobara
那須塩原市
City
Location of Nasushiobara in Tochigi Prefecture
Location of Nasushiobara in Tochigi Prefecture
Nasushiobara is located in Japan
Nasushiobara
Nasushiobara
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°58′N 140°3′E / 36.967°N 140.050°E / 36.967; 140.050Coordinates: 36°58′N 140°3′E / 36.967°N 140.050°E / 36.967; 140.050
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tochigi Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Jin Kurikawa
Area
 • Total 592.82 km2 (228.89 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total 117,402
 • Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Pine
- Flower Yatsuo Tsutsuji (Rhododendron pentaphyllum var. nikoense)
Address 108-2, Kyōkonsha, Nasushiobara-shi, Tochigi-ken
325-8501
Phone number 0287-62-7117
Website Nasushiobara City

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.

As of April 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 117,402, with 44,320 households and a density of 198.04 persons per km². The total area is 592.82 km².

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.[1] 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.

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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.

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