Shiojiri, Nagano

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Shiojiri
塩尻市
City
Location of Shiojiri in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Shiojiri in Nagano Prefecture
Shiojiri is located in Japan
Shiojiri
Shiojiri
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°7′N 137°57′E / 36.117°N 137.950°E / 36.117; 137.950Coordinates: 36°7′N 137°57′E / 36.117°N 137.950°E / 36.117; 137.950
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
Prefecture Nagano Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Toshiyuki Oguchi
Area
 • Total 290.18 km2 (112.04 sq mi)
Population (February 1, 2006)
 • Total 68,231
 • Density 235.17/km2 (609.1/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Taxus cuspidata
- Flower Chinese bellflower
Address 3-3 Daimon Nanabanmachi, Shiojiri-shi, Nagano-ken
399-0786
Phone number 0263-52-0280
Website City of Shiojiri
Lake Midoriko near Shiojiri Pass

Shiojiri (塩尻市 Shiojiri-shi?) is a city located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Its name literally means "the end of salt".

As of February 1, 2006, the city has an estimated population of 68,231 and a population density of 235.17 persons per km². The total area is 290.18 km².

History[edit]

Municipal Area Changes

  • April 1, 1927 - The village of Shiojiri was elevated to town status.
  • April 1, 1959 - The city was founded when the town of Shiojiri absorbed the villages of Kataoka, Hirooka, Souga and Chikumazi.
  • April 1, 1960 - The city lost Kitauchida hamlet (of the Kataoka ward) to the city of Matsumoto.
  • April 1, 1961 - The city lost Gakenoyu hamlet (of the Kataoka ward) to the city of Matsumoto.
  • June 28, 1961 - The city absorbed the village of Seba.
  • May 1, 1968 - Nishichikuma District changed their name to Kiso District.
  • April 1, 1982 - The city surrendered parts of Seba (eastside of airport) to the city of Matsumoto.
  • April 1, 2005 - The city absorbed the village of Narakawa (from Kiso District).

Sister cities[edit]

Within Japan[edit]

Overseas[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Shiojiri is a minor transport hub for central Japan, as it sits at the junction of road and rail routes to Nagano, Nagoya, and Tokyo. The Chūō Main Line, Chūō Expressway, and Nagano Expressway all run through Shiojiri.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Shiojiri is the location of the Hiraide ruins, one of the three largest ancient ruins in Japan. Artifacts from the Jōmon period through the Heian period have been discovered there, as well as the remains of 47 ancient dwellings.

External links[edit]

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