Shioziri Pass, Nakasendo Narai-juku
Kiso-Hirasawa, Narai River
Route 153 Utou Pass, Tirol-no-mori
Shiojiri Station, Raisin Hall
Location of Shiojiri in Nagano Prefecture
|• Mayor||Toshiyuki Oguchi|
|• Total||289.98 km2 (111.96 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2016)|
|• Density||230/km2 (600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Tree||Taxus cuspidata|
|• Flower||Chinese bellflower|
|Address||3-3 Daimon Nanabanmachi, Shiojiri-shi, Nagano-ken 399-0786|
Shiojiri (塩尻市 Shiojiri-shi) is a city located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 66,801, and a population density of 230 persons per km². Its total area is 289.98 square kilometres (111.96 sq mi).
Shiojiri is located in central Nagano Prefecture, in the southern end of the Matsumoto Basin.
Shiojiri is located in former Shinano Province, and as its name implies, was traditionally a centre for salt production. During the Edo period, Shiojiri-shuku and Seba-juku developed as post stations on the Nakasendō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto. The village of Shiojiri was established with the creation of then municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was elevated to town status on April 1, 1927. Shiojiri annexed the villages of Kataoka, Hirooka, Souga and Chikumazi on April 1, 1959 and was elevated to city status. Shiojiki lost Kitauchida hamlet and Gakenoyu hamlet (both in Kataoka ward) in 1960 and 1961 to Matsumoto city due to border adjustments. On June 28, 1961, Shiojiri absorbed the village of Seba and the village of Narakawa on April 1, 2005.
Shiojiri has nine public elementary schools and five public middle schools operated by the city government, and one public elementary school and one public middle school shared with neighbouring Tatsuno. The city also has two public high schools operated by the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education, and one private high school. The Matsumoto Dental University is also located in Shiojiri.
- JR East – Chūō Main Line
- JR East – Shinonoi Line
- JR Tōkai – Chūō Main Line
- Nagano Expressway
- Japan National Route 19
- Japan National Route 20
- Japan National Route 153
- Japan National Route 361
Shiojiri is the location of the Hiraide ruins, one of the three largest ancient ruins in Japan. Artifacts from the Jōmon period through the Heian period have been discovered there, as well as the remains of 47 ancient dwellings.