Takanezawa town office
Location of Takanezawa in Tochigi Prefecture
|• Total||70.87 km2 (27.36 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2015)|
|• Density||417/km2 (1,080/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Ginkgo biloba|
|- Flower||Siberian Iris|
|- Bird||Eurasian skylark|
|Address||Ōaza Ishizue 2053, Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi-ken 329-1292|
Takanezawa (高根沢町 Takanezawa-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 29,541 and a population density of 417 persons per km². Its total area was 70.87 km².
Takanezawa is located in the flatlands of east-central Tochigi Prefecture with an average elevation of 109-195 meters. Over 65% of the town area is agricultural.
Akutsu village, Kitatakanezawa village, and Niita village were created within Shioya District of Tochigi Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. In April 1953 Akutsu village was elevated in status into Akutsu town. On March 31, 1954, Niita village was dissolved, with a portion merging with Kitatakanezawa village, and a portion going to Ujie Town (also in Shioya District). Akutsu and Kitatakanezawa merged on April 1, 1958 to create the town of Takanezawa.
Takanezawa was once home of the Honda R&D Plant that hand-crafted the 1990-2004 model year NSX, 1999-2003 model year S2000, and 2000-2004 model year Insight. Honda originally created this plant to exclusively build its flagship car, the NSX, but added the S2000 and Insight to the production line-up at the beginning of the 21st century to maximize production output necessitated by NSX's waning sales.
The economy of Takanezawa is heavily dependent on agriculture, with rice cultivation as the primary crop. Secondary crops include tobacco, wheat, strawberries and pears.
- JR East – Tōhoku Main Line (Utsunomiya Line)
- JR East - Karasuyama Line
- Takanezawa Onsen
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- Official website (Japanese)