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Shukugawa Park in spring
Shukugawa Park in spring
Flag of Nishinomiya
Official seal of Nishinomiya
Location of Nishinomiya in Hyōgo
Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture Ja.svg
Nishinomiya is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°44′15.35″N 135°20′29.63″E / 34.7375972°N 135.3415639°E / 34.7375972; 135.3415639Coordinates: 34°44′15.35″N 135°20′29.63″E / 34.7375972°N 135.3415639°E / 34.7375972; 135.3415639
First official recorded199 AD
City SettledApril 1, 1925
 • MayorIshii Toshiro
 • Total99.96 km2 (38.59 sq mi)
 (May 1, 2016)
 • Total488,335
 • Density4,885/km2 (12,650/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address10-3 Rokutanji-chō, Nishinomiya-shi, Hyōgo-ken
TreeCamphor Laurel

Nishinomiya (西宮市, Nishinomiya-shi) is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, between the cities of Amagasaki and Ashiya. On April 1, 2005, the city of Nishinomiya celebrated its 80th anniversary.

Nishinomiya is best known as the home of Kōshien Stadium, where the Hanshin Tigers baseball team plays home games and where Japan's annual high school baseball championship is held. It is also the location of Kwansei Gakuin University, a private university founded by American missionaries in the nineteenth century. Nishinomiya is an important commercial and shipping city in the Kansai region with the third largest population in Hyōgo Prefecture.

As of October 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 483,598 and a population density of 4,800 persons per km2. The total area is 99.96 km2.


Nishinomiya City is located in the south-east of Hyōgo Prefecture between the cities of Kobe and Osaka. It is bordered by Osaka Bay to the south, the cities of Amagasaki, Itami and Takarazuka along the Mukogawa and Nigawa rivers to the east and by a part of the Rokko Mountains and Kobe City to the north. The city can be divided into two areas: a mountainous area in the north and a coastal plain in the south. Situated in the middle is Mount Kabuto (309 meters), a landmark of the city.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


  • April 1, 1924: Opening of Kōshien Stadium
  • April 1925: Nishinomiya Town became a municipal organization.
  • April 1933: Nishinomiya merged with Imazu Town, Shiba Village and Taisha Village.
  • February 1941: Nishinomiya merged with Koto Village.
  • May 1942: Nishinomiya merged with Kawaragi Village.
  • April 1951: Nishinomiya merged with Naruo Village, Yamaguchi Village and Shiose Village.
  • January 17, 1995: Great Hanshin earthquake disaster. Nishinomiya City received widespread damage.
Kōshien Stadium


Furuno, a global electronics company, whose main products include marine electronics and medical equipment, has its headquarters in the city.[1]


Since most of the farmland is in the urban district, Nishinomiya agriculture is in a difficult situation; it worsens every year. Efforts are being made to improve farming[citation needed] to make it profitable by growing such marketable products as soft vegetables for the big markets of Osaka and Kobe. Other efforts include effective land use by growing crops in greenhouses using hydroponic techniques and development of techniques for safe products.

Residential districts[edit]

Nishinomiya is situated between the major cities of Kobe and Osaka. Luxury neighborhoods are common in this city, especially in areas near Ashiya. Some of the shopping malls in Nishinomiya are the Lalaport Koshien and the Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens.

Universities and colleges[edit]

High schools[edit]


Hirota Shrine

Points of interest[edit]

Sister and friendship cities[edit]

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ "Company Outline." Furuno. Retrieved on 2015-03-26.
  2. ^ "兵庫県立西宮北高等学校".
  3. ^ Hirota Shino Shirine. "HIROTA SHINTO SHRINE". Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  4. ^ Ryuusenkaku. "Cherry Blossoms Spots in Nishinomiya / Ashiya". Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  5. ^ Online Ghibli. "Grave of the Fireflies: Review/Synopsis". Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  6. ^ (2010-07-08). "Anime's high school fends off fan invasions". Archived from the original on 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2011-01-17.

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