Takanezawa, Tochigi

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Takanezawa
高根沢町
Town
Takanezawa town office
Takanezawa town office
Flag of Takanezawa
Flag
Official seal of Takanezawa
Seal
Location of Takanezawa in Tochigi Prefecture
Location of Takanezawa in Tochigi Prefecture
Takanezawa is located in Japan
Takanezawa
Takanezawa
 
Coordinates: 36°37′51.5″N 139°59′11.5″E / 36.630972°N 139.986528°E / 36.630972; 139.986528Coordinates: 36°37′51.5″N 139°59′11.5″E / 36.630972°N 139.986528°E / 36.630972; 139.986528
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tochigi Prefecture
District Shioya
Area
 • Total 70.87 km2 (27.36 sq mi)
Population (May 2015)
 • Total 29,541
 • Density 417/km2 (1,080/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Ginkgo biloba
- Flower Siberian Iris
- Bird Eurasian skylark
Phone number 028-675-8100
Address Ōaza Ishizue 2053, Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi-ken 329-1292
Website Official website

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.

Geography[edit]

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.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

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.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Takanezawa is heavily dependent on agriculture, with rice cultivation as the primary crop. Secondary crops include tobacco, wheat, strawberries and pears.

Education[edit]

Takanezawa has six primary schools, two middle schools and one high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Takanezawa Onsen

External links[edit]

Media related to Takanezawa, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons