Nishiwaki, Hyōgo

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Flag of Nishiwaki
Official seal of Nishiwaki
Location of Nishiwaki in Hyōgo Prefecture
Location of Nishiwaki in Hyōgo Prefecture
Nishiwaki is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°59′25″N 134°58′20″E / 34.99028°N 134.97222°E / 34.99028; 134.97222Coordinates: 34°59′25″N 134°58′20″E / 34.99028°N 134.97222°E / 34.99028; 134.97222
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Hyōgo Prefecture
 • Mayor Juichi Kishi (since November 2005)
 • Total 132.47 km2 (51.15 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2017)
 • Total 41,336
 • Density 310/km2 (810/sq mi)
 • Tree Cherry blossom
 • Flower Phlox subulata
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address Gonose 605, Nishiwaki City, Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県西脇市郷瀬町605)

Nishiwaki (西脇市?, Nishiwaki-shi) is a city in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. It was founded on April 1, 1952.

Tera Dome in Nishiwaki Navel (Heso) Park

The city calls itself "The Navel of Japan (Nihon no Heso)." Located at the crossing of the 135° East meridian and the 35° North parallel, the city's Nihon no Heso Park marks the center of the nation. JR West operates Nihon Heso Station on the Kakogawa Line (in addition to other stations in Nishiwaki).

As of May 1, 2017, the city had an estimated population of 41,336, with 16,858 households,[1] and a population density of 310 persons per km². The total area is 132.47 km².

On October 1, 2005, the town of Kurodashō (from Taka District) was merged into Nishiwaki.

Sister city[edit]

Street sign in Renton, WA commemorating its sister city

Nishiwaki has been the sister city of Renton, Washington, U.S.A since 1969.[2] Since then there have been mutual exchanges between the cities, most notably the annual middle school exchange program which began in 1989. (The US delegation was in Japan October 3-13, 1989.) The initial delegation from the US included (future) actress Casey Strand.


  1. ^ "Official website of Nishiwaki City" (in Japanese). Japan: Nishiwaki City. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
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