Rittō, Shiga

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Flag 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 (June 30, 2006)
 • Total 62,285
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Kaizuka ibuki
- Flower Calendula officinalis
- Bird Japanese White-eye
Address 1-13-33, Anyōji, Rittō-shi, Shiga-ken
Phone number 077-553-1234
Website City of Rittō
Ritto City Hall

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 June 30, 2006, the city has an estimated population of 62,285 and a population density of 1,200 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. In fact, the "栗" in Rittō doesn't mean chestnuts but refers to Kurita District (太郡; Kurita-gun), a former district that Rittō was located in the east of.

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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