Nishiwaki, Hyōgo

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Flag 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, 2011)
 • Total 43,970
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Cherry blossom
- Flower Phlox subulata
Address Gonose 605, Nishiwaki City, Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県西脇市郷瀬町605)
Phone number 81-(0)795-22-3111

Nishiwaki (西脇市 Nishiwaki-shi?) is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The city 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, 2011 the city has an estimated population of 43,970, with 16,490 households and a population density of 331.92 persons per km². The total area is 132.47 km².

Nishiwaki the sister city of Renton, Washington, U.S.A.

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

Sister city[edit]

Nishiwaki, Japan and Renton, WA, became sister cities in 1969 ([1]). Since then there have been mutual exchanges between the two cities, most notably the annual middle school exchange program which began in 1989 (The US delegation was in Japan from October 3 - 13th, 1989). The initial delegation from the US included (future) actress Casey Strand.

Street sign in Renton, WA commemorating its sister city

External links[edit]

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