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Mooka City Hall
Location of Mooka in Tochigi Prefecture
|• Total||167.34 km2 (64.61 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2015)|
|• Density||481/km2 (1,250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|- Bird||Eurasian skylark|
|Address||5191 Aramachi, Mooka-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-4395|
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. There are harvests in mid-November and at the end of May. 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.
- Tochigi Prefecture
- Ibaraki Prefecture
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.
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 Traditional industries of sake brewing and cotton weaving have largely been replaced by light manufacturing of automotive and electronic components, primarily for the nearby Nissan factory in Kaminokawa and Honda factory in Tsuga.
- Kita-Kantō Expressway – Mooka IC
- Japan National Route 121
- Japan National Route 292
- Japan National Route 408
- Osaki Jinja
- site of Nakamura Castle
- Takanori Hoshino – voice actor
- "Tempting the taste buds", Daily Yomiuri, Feb. 20, 2010.
- http://www.kokudo.or.jp/new/cities/sub/kanto/09.htm[dead link]
- "Glendora Public Library: Weblinks Collection – Community Information". Retrieved 2008-09-06.
Media related to Mooka, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)