Niiza, Saitama

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Niiza
新座市
City
Flag of Niiza
Flag
Location of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture
Niiza is located in Japan
Niiza
Niiza
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°48′N 139°34′E / 35.800°N 139.567°E / 35.800; 139.567Coordinates: 35°48′N 139°34′E / 35.800°N 139.567°E / 35.800; 139.567
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Kenji Suda (since July 1992)
Area
 • Total 22.80 km2 (8.80 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 159,741
 • Density 6.602/km2 (17.10/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Acer palmatum
- Flower magnolia kobus
Address 1-1-1 Nohitome
352-8623
Phone number 048-477-1111
Website www.city.niiza.lg.jp

Niiza (新座市 Niiza-shi?) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, and is essentially a suburb of the Tokyo conurbation. Niiza is located at the southernmost part of Saitama.The city was founded on November 1, 1970.[1]

As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 159,741 and a population density of 7,010 persons per km². The total area is 22.80 km².

Geography[edit]

Manjijōshin-dera, a small temple in the Nodera area of Niiza

Niiza is home to Heirin-ji, a large Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple. The temple is located in Nobidome, close to Niiza City Hall. There is a very large stone gate (野火止大門 "Nobidome Daimon") along National Road 254, which runs through the middle of the city.

On April 7, 2003, Niiza gave the anime character Astro Boy an honorary citizenship to mark the date given as his birthdate in the original manga.

Transportation[edit]

The Seibu Ikebukuro Line crosses the southern part of Niiza and shares the Hibarigaoka Station with Nishitōkyō, the JR Musashino Line goes into the main area of Niiza at Niiza Station including a separate station for freight service and the Tōbu Tōjō Line provides service to the northern area of Niiza via Shiki Station, which despite the name is located in Niiza and not neighbouring Shiki.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Niiza is twinned with:[citation needed]

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