|• Mayor||Toshimi Suzuki (since April 2010)|
|• Total||284.83 km2 (109.97 sq mi)|
|Population (1 December 2011)|
|• Density||507.0/km2 (1,313/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||7-26 Irifune, Tochigi-shi, Tochigi-ken
Tochigi took its current form on March 29, 2010 when the old city of Tochigi absorbed the towns of Fujioka, Ōhira and Tsuga (all from Shimotsuga District) to create the new and expanded city of Tochigi.
Tochigi hosted its first film festival, the Kuranomachikado, or, Eizo Film Festival from 5 October 2007 to 8 October 2007. Tochigi City, being one of the few cities left intact during WWII, still carries a feeling of the past.
History and general characteristics
In the Edo period Tochigi was a rich commercial city. People used the Uzuma Canal that flows through the city center to go to Edo (as Tokyo was known at the time). Envoys using the Reiheishi Way sent from the Imperial Court going to the shrines and temples of Nikko stayed at the lodging area in the city.
Because the city escaped war damage during WWII, many historical temples, traditional shops and Kura (Japanese traditional storehouses) remain in the city center. The city was awarded the "Utsukushii-machinami Taisho" prize from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in 2009.
Tochigi City holds the Koedo summit with Kawagoe City in Saitama Prefecture and Sawara City in Chiba Prefecture.
In the southern part of the city the Yanaka Reservoir, which is in the Watarase flood control area, is used for sailboating and windsurfing. There are a lot of kinds of precious plants living there. It was designated a Ramsar Site in June, 2012.
Tochigi City is the administrative center of southern Tochigi Prefecture, so national and prefectural government branches, courts and administrative organs are gathered there.
After the Haihanchiken'' Tochigi City was the prefectural capital of the old Tochigi Prefecture (currently Southern Tochigi Prefecture and part of Gunma Prefecture). After old Utsunomiya Prefecture and Tochigi Prefecture merged, Tochigi City was briefly the prefectural capital. But the capital was moved to Utsunomiya soon after.
- April 1, 1937 - The city of Tochigi was founded.
- September 30, 1954 - Tochigi absorbed the villages of Ōmiya, Minagawa, Fukiage and Terao (all from Shimotsuga District).
- March 31, 1957 - Tochigi absorbed the village of Kōō (from Shimotsuga District).
- March 29, 2010 - Tochigi absorbed the towns of Fujioka, Ōhira and Tsuga (all from Shimotsuga District) to form the new and expanded city of Tochigi.
- October 1, 2011 - Tochigi absorbed the town of Nishikata (from Kamitsuga District).