Sōja

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Sōja

総社市
Sōja City Hall
Sōja City Hall
Flag of Sōja
Flag
Official seal of Sōja
Emblem
Sōja is located in Japan
Sōja
Sōja
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°39′33″N 133°45′58″E / 34.65917°N 133.76611°E / 34.65917; 133.76611Coordinates: 34°39′33″N 133°45′58″E / 34.65917°N 133.76611°E / 34.65917; 133.76611
CountryJapan
RegionChūgoku (San'yō)
PrefectureOkayama Prefecture
Government
 • MayorSoichi Kataoka (since October 2007)
Area
 • Total212.00 km2 (81.85 sq mi)
Population
(October 1, 2016)
 • Total67,059
 • Density320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeMaple Leaf
 • FlowerAstragalus
 • BirdCrane
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address1-1-1 Chuo, Soja-shi, Okayama-ken
719-1192
Websitewww.city.soja.okayama.jp

Sōja (総社市, Sōja-shi) is a city located in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 67,059 and a population density of 320 persons per km². The total area is 212.00 km².[1]

History[edit]

In the 7th century, Ki Castle was built atop the mountain Kijōyama. Long in ruins, excavation and partial reconstruction began in 1999.[citation needed]

The city was founded on March 31, 1954.[1]

On March 22, 2005, the villages of Yamate and Kiyone (both from Tsukubo District) were merged into Sōja.[1]

Geography[edit]

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

Sōja is surrounded by the following cities and towns, all within Okayama Prefecture.

Rivers[edit]

Mountains[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Sōja has been twinned with Chino, Nagano in Japan since 1984.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Official website(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Official website, History of Sōja Archived 2011-08-03 at the Wayback Machine. (in Japanese)

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