Tomioka, Gunma

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Tomioka
富岡市
City
Location of Tomioka in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Tomioka in Gunma Prefecture
Tomioka is located in Japan
Tomioka
Tomioka
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°16′N 138°53′E / 36.267°N 138.883°E / 36.267; 138.883Coordinates: 36°16′N 138°53′E / 36.267°N 138.883°E / 36.267; 138.883
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Gunma Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Mitsutoshi Okano (since April 2011)
Area
 • Total 122.90 km2 (47.45 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total 52,677
 • Density 428.62/km2 (1,110.1/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Acer palmatum
- Flower Cherry blossom
- Bird Cettia diphone
Website City of Tomioka

Tomioka (富岡市 Tomioka-shi?) is a city located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 52,677 (25,848 men and 26,829 women) and a population density of 428.62 persons per km². The total area is 122.90 km².

History[edit]

  • On April 1, 1888 - Tomioka was established as a town.
  • On April 1, 1954 - Tomioka was elevated to city status.
  • On April 1, 1960 - Nyuu Village was incorporated into Tomioka City.
  • On March 27, 2006 - Tomioka absorbed the neighboring town of Myōgi to create the new and expanded city of Tomioka.

Landmarks[edit]

Tomioka silk mill, or Tomioka Silk Factory (富岡製糸工場), built in 1872, was the first of its kind in Japan. The publicly owned brick building was designed by Paul Brunat, a French engineer. On a side note, the Tomioka Silk Factory is briefed by most Japanese students studying Japanese history, so it is well known.

Nukisaki Shrine is a moderately well-known shrine in Japan because of its design. Whereas a shrine's main building area is usually approached over flat ground or by an ascent, Nukisaki Shrine is entered via a descending flight of stone steps. During the New Year's holiday, an estimated 100,000 people visit Nukisaki Shrine to pray for happiness in the year ahead. This is the largest gathering of its kind in Gunma.

Gunma Safari Park was the 5th safari park built in Japan and the 1st built in eastern Japan. The park's approximate 1000 animals consist of around 100 species.

Tomioka Museum of Natural History houses 35 exhibits on Gunma's natural history, including about 30 dinosaur skeletons.

Famous people[edit]

Shinya Dan, a popular vaudevillian comedian in Japan, was born and raised in Tomioka.

Eijiro Tono, a well-known actor starring as Mito Kōmon in a show of the same name, was from Tomioka.

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External links[edit]

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