Rittō, Shiga

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Flag of Rittō
Official seal of Rittō
Location of Rittō in Shiga Prefecture
Location of Rittō in Shiga Prefecture
Rittō is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°01′N 136°00′E / 35.017°N 136.000°E / 35.017; 136.000Coordinates: 35°01′N 136°00′E / 35.017°N 136.000°E / 35.017; 136.000
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Shiga Prefecture
 • Mayor Masahiro Nomura
 • Total 52.75 km2 (20.37 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2016)
 • Total 67,149
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
 • Tree Kaizuka ibuki
 • Flower Calendula officinalis
 • Bird Japanese white-eye
Time zone UTC+9 (JST)
City hall address 1-13-33, Anyōji, Rittō-shi, Shiga-ken
Website www.city.ritto.shiga.jp

Rittō (栗東市, Rittō-shi) is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. It is well known to Japanese horse racing fans because it is home to the Japan Racing Association's training center and the famous jockey brothers, Yutaka Take and Koshiro Take who were also born in Rittō.

As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 67,149 and a population density of 1,300 persons per km2. The total area is 52.75 km2.

The kanji characters for Rittō are "chestnut" (栗; kuri) and "East" (東; higashi), despite the fact that Rittō is both in the west region of Japan and it does not have particularly many chestnut trees. The kanji "栗" in Rittō does not directly refer chestnuts but rather refers to Kurita District (太郡; Kurita-gun), a former district, the eastern portion of which Rittō was located.

Ritto City Hall

Municipal timeline[edit]

  • October 1, 1954 - The villages of Konze, Hayama, Haruta and Daihō were merged to create the town of Rittō.
  • October 1, 2001 - The city was founded by declaring the former town of Rittō city status.

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