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Niiza City Hall
Location of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture
|• Total||22.78 km2 (8.80 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2016)|
|• Density||7,140/km2 (18,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Acer palmatum|
|- Flower||magnolia kobus|
|Address||1-1-1 Nobitome, Yoshikawa-shi, Saitama-ken 352-8623|
Niiza (新座市? Niiza-shi) is a city in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 162,652 and a population density of 7140 persons per km². Its total area was 22.78 square kilometres (8.80 sq mi).
Located in far southern Saitama Prefecture, Niiza is essentially a suburb of the Tokyo conurbation. The Meguro River flows through the eastern part of the city.
- Saitama Prefecture
- Tokyo Metropolis
The town of Owada was created within Niikura District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Niikura District was abolished in 1896, becoming part of Kitaasachi District. On March 1, 1955, Owada annexed the neighboring village of Katayama and was raised to city status on November 1, 1970.
Toppan printing has a large factory in Niiza, which is also home to a number of other light manufacturing, electronics and transportation/warehousing companies. However, due to its proximity to Tokyo, over a third of the workforce commutes daily, making Niiza largely a bedroom community.
Colleges and universities:
Primary and secondary schools:
- Niiza has seventeen elementary schools, six junior high schools, two combined junior/senior high schools, and three high schools.
- Private schools: Rikkyo Niiza Junior and Senior High School
Sister city relations
Niiza is twinned with:
- Jyväskylä, Finland  (1997)
- Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan (2000)
- Tōkamachi, Niigata, Japan (2002)
- Jiyuan, China, (2002)
- Neuruppin, Germany (2003)
- Heirin-ji, a large Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple. The temple is located in Nobidome, close to Niiza City Hall. There is a very large stone gate (野火止大門 "Nobidome Daimon") along National Route 254, which runs through the middle of the city.
Notable people from Niiza
In popular culture
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- Official website (Japanese)