Location of Sano in Tochigi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Masahide Okabe (since April 2005)|
|• Total||356.04 km2 (137.47 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2015)|
|• Density||331/km2 (860/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Bird||Mandarin Duck|
|Address||1, Takasagochō, Sano-shi, Tochigi-ken 327-0022|
Sano (佐野市 Sano-shi?) is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 117,970 and a population density of 331 persons per km². Its total area was 356.04 km². The city is known for its Outlet Mall, Sano Yakuyoke Daishi Temple, and its local variety of ramen.
During the Edo period, Sano was a castle town and the seat of the daimyo of Sano Domain. Following the Meiji restoration, the town of Sano was created within Aso District, Tochigi with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889.
Sano was elevated to city status on April 1, 1943 when it merged with the neighboring towns of Inubushi and Horigome and the villages of Sakai and Hatagawa. The city annexed the village of Inazuma (from Ashikaga District) on January 1, 1955 followed by the town of Akami(from Aso District) on April 1, 1955.
Agriculture and light manufacturing are mainstays of the local economy, with production of Kanpyō, turmeric and spinach being prominent local crops. The city is increasingly a bedroom community for neighboring Utsunomiya.
Sano also has become the headquarters of the Japan Cricket Association and has hosted a number of cricket games between international teams. On March 22, 2016, it was announced that Sano would be home to the Sano International Cricket Ground, which will become Japan's first dedicated cricketing venue built for purpose which no longer has to compete with other sports for usage.
- JR East – Ryōmō Line
- Tobu Railway – Tobu Sano Line
- Tōhoku Expressway – Sano-Fujioka IC, Sano PZ
- Kita-Kantō Expressway – Izuruhara PA, Sano-Tanuma IC
- Japan National Route 50
- Japan National Route 293
Noted people from Sano
- Shōzō Tanaka – politician, social activist
- Takuro Ishii – professional baseball player
- Tatsuya Ozeki – professional baseball player
- Shunsuke Ishikawa – professional baseball player
- Kyogo Kawaguchi – singer-songwriter
- "International Cricket Ground to be built in Japan". Japan Cricket Association. March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
- Wallace, Brian (2009-05-04). "SDL scraps trip to Japan at request of Japanese officials concerned about the flu". Intelligencer Journal. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
-  Quzhou government information
Media related to Sano, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)
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