- Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Name = Utsunomiya
1 February 2007
Population = 505,381
CityHallLink = [http://www.city.utsunomiya.tochigi.jp/ Utsunomiya City]
nihongo|Utsunomiya|宇都宮市|Utsunomiya-shi is the
capitaland the most populous city of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. In 2007, the city had an estimated populationof 505,381 and a density of 1,212 persons per km². The total area is 416.84 km². The nihongo|Greater Utsunomiya|宇都宮都市圏|Utsunomiya Toshi-ken had a population of 888,005 in the 2000 Census. The nearby city of Oyama, Tochigiis included in Greater Tokyo, but Greater Utsunomiya is not, despite the two areas amalgamating somewhat. Utsunomiya is accessed by the Tohoku Expresswayor Utsunomiya Stationof the Tohoku Shinkansenline. Utsunomiya is approximately 100 km north of Tokyo. The historic town of Nikkō is approximately 35 km west of Utsunomiya.
Utsunomiya is accessible from Tokyo by
Shinkansen(Bullet Train) in approximately 60 minutes. It is also connected with Narita International Airportby bus or car in about 3 hours.
battle of Utsunomiya Castletook place between May 10-14, 1868, during the Boshin war. The city itself was founded on 1 April 1896. The city added the two towns from Kawachi District on 31 March, 2007.
It is also home to a Canon
opticalmanufacturing plant, a Japan Tobaccoplant, Hondadesign centers, and various other industrial concerns in the Kiyohara Industrial Park. In addition, one of the largest malls in the North Kantō region, Bell Mall is located near central Utsunomiya.
Utsunomiya is most well known within
Japanfor "gyōza" dumplings. Utsunomiya is also well known for its abundance and quality of cocktail bars.Fact|date=October 2008
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* [http://www.city.utsunomiya.tochigi.jp/ Utsunomiya official website] in Japanese
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