Shioya, Tochigi

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Shioya
塩谷町
Town
Shioya Town Hall
Shioya Town Hall
Flag of Shioya
Flag
Official seal of Shioya
Seal
Location of Shioya in Tochigi Prefecture
Location of Shioya in Tochigi Prefecture
Shioya is located in Japan
Shioya
Shioya
 
Coordinates: 36°46′39.3″N 139°51′2″E / 36.777583°N 139.85056°E / 36.777583; 139.85056Coordinates: 36°46′39.3″N 139°51′2″E / 36.777583°N 139.85056°E / 36.777583; 139.85056
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tochigi Prefecture
District Shioya
Area
 • Total 176.06 km2 (67.98 sq mi)
Population (May 2015)
 • Total 11,542
 • Density 65.6/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Hinoki
• Flower Mountain lily
• Bird Crested kingfisher
Phone number 028-675-8100
Address Ōaza Tamanyu 741, Shioya-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi-ken 329-2292
Website Official website

Shioya (塩谷町 Shioya-machi?) is a town located in Shioya District, Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of May 2015, the town had an estimated population of 11,542 and a population density of 65.5 persons per km2. Its total area was 176.06 km2.

Geography[edit]

Shioya is located in central Tochigi Prefecture.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The villages of Tamanyu, Funyu, and Omiya were created within Shioya District of Tochigi Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. The three villages merged on March 31, 1957 to create the village of Shioya. Shioya was elevated to town status on February 11, 1965.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Shioya is heavily dependent on agriculture, but is increasingly a bedroom community for the nearby cities of Utsunomiya and Nikkō.

Education[edit]

Shioya has three primary schools, one middle school. and two high schools.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

  • Shioya is not served by any train stations.

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Shojinzawa Yusui – one of the 100 famous springs of Japan
  • Shioya Onsen

External links[edit]

Media related to Shioya, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons