Shimotsuke City Hall
Location of Shimotsuke in Tochigi Prefecture
|• Total||74.59 km2 (28.80 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2015)|
|• Density||800/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||1127 Koganei, Shimotsuke-shi, Tochigi-ken 329-0492|
Shimotsuke (下野市 Shimotsuke-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 59635 and a population density of 800 persons per km². Its total area was 74.59 km².
Shomotsuke is located in southeastern Tochigi Prefecture.
The modern city of Shimotsuke was established on January 10, 2006, from the merger of the towns of Minamikawachi (from Kawachi District), and the towns of Kokubunji and Ishibashi (both from Shimotsuga District).
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.
- Jichi Medical University
- Shimotsuke also has twelve primary schools, four middle schools and one high school.
- site of Shimotsuke kokubun-ji
- Shimotsuke Yakushi-ji temple and grave of Dōkyō
Noted people from Shimotsuke
- Eiji Ochiai – professional baseball player
-  Germany Embassy in Japan
Media related to Shimotsuke, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)