Takanezawa, Tochigi

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Takanezawa

高根沢町
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
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTochigi Prefecture
DistrictShioya
Area
 • Total70.87 km2 (27.36 sq mi)
Population
 (May 2015)
 • Total29,541
 • Density417/km2 (1,080/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeGinkgo biloba
- FlowerSiberian Iris
- BirdEurasian skylark
Phone number028-675-8100
AddressŌaza Ishizue 2053, Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi-ken 329-1292
Websitehttps://www.town.takanezawa.tochigi.jp/

Takanezawa (高根沢町, Takanezawa-machi) is a town located in Tochigi Prefecture, 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 is 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 plant that hand-crafted the 1990-2004 model year Honda NSX, 1999-2003 model year S2000, 2000-2004 model year Insight, and Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle. 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