Niiza, Saitama

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Niiza
新座市
City
Niiza City Hall
Niiza City Hall
Flag of Niiza
Flag
Official seal of Niiza
Seal
Location of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture
Niiza is located in Japan
Niiza
Niiza
Location of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°47′36.6″N 139°33′55.1″E / 35.793500°N 139.565306°E / 35.793500; 139.565306Coordinates: 35°47′36.6″N 139°33′55.1″E / 35.793500°N 139.565306°E / 35.793500; 139.565306
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Area
 • Total 22.78 km2 (8.80 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 162,652
 • Density 7,140/km2 (18,500/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Acer palmatum
- Flower magnolia kobus
Phone number 048-477-1111
Address 1-1-1 Nobitome, Yoshikawa-shi, Saitama-ken 352-8623
Website Official website

Niiza (新座市, Niiza-shi) is a city in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, 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).[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

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.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of modern Niiza has been settled since prehistoric times. Nara period records indicate that immigrants from Silla on the Korean peninsula came to the area in 758 AD.[citation needed]

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.[1]

Economy[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Colleges and universities:

Primary and secondary schools:

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

Niiza is twinned with:

Local attractions[edit]

  • 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[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

On April 7, 2003, Niiza gave the anime character Astro Boy an honorary citizenship to mark the date given as his birthdate in the original manga.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Niiza City Living Guide
  2. ^ a b c "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Taniai, Masaaki. "Profile". Official homepage (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 January 2017. 

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