Mooka, Tochigi

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Mooka City Hall
Mooka City Hall
Flag of Mooka
Official seal of Mooka
Location of Mooka in Tochigi Prefecture
Location of Mooka in Tochigi Prefecture
Mooka is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°26′25.5″N 140°0′48.2″E / 36.440417°N 140.013389°E / 36.440417; 140.013389Coordinates: 36°26′25.5″N 140°0′48.2″E / 36.440417°N 140.013389°E / 36.440417; 140.013389
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tochigi Prefecture
 • Total 167.34 km2 (64.61 sq mi)
Population (May 2015)
 • Total 80,541
 • Density 481/km2 (1,250/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Zelkova serrata
- Flower Gossypium
- Bird Eurasian skylark
Phone number 285-82-1111
Address 5191 Aramachi, Mooka-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-4395
Website Official website

Mooka (真岡市 Mooka-shi?)} is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 80,541 and a population density of 481 persons per km². Its total area was 167.34 km². Moka is known for the Mooka Railway, which operates steam locomotives. The train line stretches from Shimodate, Ibaraki to Motegi, Tochigi. The town produces 9,000 tons of strawberries annually.[1] There are harvests in mid-November and at the end of May.[1] The name of the city is given as “Moka City” per the city’s official home page; however, the local train station is “Mōka Station”, and the direct transliteration of the city name into Hepburn romanization is “Mooka”.


Mooka is located in southeast Tochigi Prefecture.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The town on Mooka was established within Tsuga District, Tochigi on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. Mooka annexed the neighboring villages of Yamazeki, Ouchi and Naka on March 31, 1954. It was elevated to city status on October 1, 1954.

On March 23, 2009, the town of Ninomiya (from Haga District) was merged into Mooka.[2]


Mooka is a regional commercial center with a mixed economy. Agriculture centers primarily on rice production and fruits. Traditional industries of sake brewing and cotton weaving have largely been replaced by light manufacturing of automotive and electronic components, primarily for the nearby Nissan factory in Kaminokawa and Honda factory in Tsuga.


Mooka has 18 primary schools, nine middle schools and four high schools.

It previously hosted the Colégio Pitágoras Brasil, a Brazilian school.[3]




Local attractions[edit]

  • Osaki Jinja
  • site of Nakamura Castle

External relations[edit]

Noted people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Tempting the taste buds", Daily Yomiuri, Feb. 20, 2010.
  2. ^ Archived April 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. February 7, 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  4. ^ "Glendora Public Library: Weblinks Collection – Community Information". Retrieved 2008-09-06. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Mooka, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons