Utsunomiya, Tochigi

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Utsunomiya
宇都宮
Core ceety
宇都宮市 · Utsunomiya
Utsunomiya Castle, Statue o gyoza
Futaarayama-jinja Shrine, Oya Stone Museum
Utsunomiya Touer, Ceety view frae the touer

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Location of Utsunomiya in Tochigi Prefectur
Utsunomiya is located in Japan
Utsunomiya
Utsunomiya
 
Coordinates: 36°33′N 139°53′E / 36.550°N 139.883°E / 36.550; 139.883
Kintra Japan
Region Kantō
Prefectur Tochigi Prefectur
Government
 • Mayor Eiichi Sato
Population (October 1, 2010)
 • Total 510,416
 • Density 1,224.49/km2 (3,171.4/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Staundart Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Ginkgo biloba
- Flouer Satsuki azalea
Website www.city.utsunomiya.tochigi.jp

Utsunomiya (宇都宮市 Utsunomiya-shi?) is the caipital an maist populous ceety o Tochigi Prefectur, Japan. In October 2010 the ceety haed an estimatit population o 510,416 an a population density o 1,224.49 fowk per square kilometer. The tot aurie is 416.84 km². Greater Utsunomiya (宇都宮都市圏 Utsunomiya Toshi-ken?) haed a population o 888,005 in the 2000 Census. The nearby ceety o Oyama, Tochigi is includit in Greater Tokyo, but Greater Utsunomiya is nae, despite the twa auries amalgamating somewhat.

Utsunomiya is approximately 100 km north o Tokyo. It is accessible bi caur via the Tohoku Expressway an bi train via Utsunomiya Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line. Narita Internaitional Airport is aboot three oors away bi caur or bus. The historic toun o Nikkō is approximately 25 km northwast o Utsunomiya.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Battle o Utsunomiya Castle teuk place atween Mey 10–14, 1868, durin the Boshin War (a pairk nou exists on the castle grounds). The ceety itself wis foondit on Aprile 1, 1896. In 1954–55, Utsunomiya ceety incorporatit wi Suzumenomiya toun an Hiraishi, Yokokawa, Mizuhono, Kunimoto, Shiroyama, Tomiya, Toyosato, an Sugatagawa veelages an the pairt o Shinoi veelage frae Kawachi Destrict an Kiyohara veelage frae Haga Destrict. The ceety addit the touns o Kamikawachi an Kawachi, baith frae Kawachi Destrict, on Mairch 31, 2007, pushin the population o Utsunomiya ceety ower 500,000.

Climate[eedit | eedit soorce]

Utsunomiya haes a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) wi het an humid simmers an cuil winters. Precipitation is hivy in the simmer wet saison, especially frae Julie tae September, an it is noticeably drier in the winter months frae December tae Februar.

Climate data for Utsunomiya (1981~2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record heich °C (°F) 21.0
(69.8)
24.6
(76.3)
25.9
(78.6)
30.4
(86.7)
33.2
(91.8)
37.5
(99.5)
38.7
(101.7)
37.5
(99.5)
36.5
(97.7)
32.5
(90.5)
25.1
(77.2)
24.7
(76.5)
38.7
(101.7)
Average heich °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
9.1
(48.4)
12.6
(54.7)
18.5
(65.3)
22.5
(72.5)
25.2
(77.4)
28.7
(83.7)
30.5
(86.9)
26.4
(79.5)
20.9
(69.6)
15.5
(59.9)
10.7
(51.3)
19.1
(66.4)
Average laich °C (°F) −2.7
(27.1)
−1.9
(28.6)
1.5
(34.7)
7.0
(44.6)
12.5
(54.5)
16.9
(62.4)
20.8
(69.4)
22.2
(72.0)
18.4
(65.1)
11.8
(53.2)
5.0
(41.0)
−0.7
(30.7)
9.3
(48.7)
Record laich °C (°F) −14.8
(5.4)
−13.3
(8.1)
−12.4
(9.7)
−6.4
(20.5)
−0.8
(30.6)
4.7
(40.5)
10.3
(50.5)
11.4
(52.5)
5.5
(41.9)
−2.7
(27.1)
−6.7
(19.9)
−10.9
(12.4)
−14.8
(5.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 33.9
(1.335)
42.9
(1.689)
88.4
(3.48)
120.5
(4.744)
146.6
(5.772)
174.7
(6.878)
205.8
(8.102)
209.8
(8.26)
220.4
(8.677)
146.5
(5.768)
68.1
(2.681)
35.5
(1.398)
1,493.1
(58.783)
Snawfall cm (inches) 10
(3.9)
10
(3.9)
5
(2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
3
(1.2)
28
(11)
humidity 62 60 61 64 70 77 80 78 79 74 71 66 70.2
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.5 mm) 4.4 5.9 9.9 11.1 12.5 14.8 16.2 12.7 14.2 11.1 7.1 4.0 123.9
Avg. snawy days 3.6 3.8 1.9 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 10.6
Mean monthly sunshine hours 204.8 186.2 187.9 179.5 166.9 112.1 114.1 138.9 112.2 145.0 164.5 199.1 1,911.2
Source no. 1: Japan Meteorological Agency[1]
Source no. 2: Japan Meteorological Agency (records)[2]

Industry an economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Utsunomiya is home tae a Canon optical manufacturin plant, a Japan Tobacco plant, Honda design centers, an various ither industrial concerns in the Kiyohara Industrial Pairk. In addeetion, ane o the lairgest malls in the north Kantō region, Bell Maw is locatit near central Utsunomiya.

Eddication[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sports[eedit | eedit soorce]

Utsunomiya is representit in the J. League o fitbaa wi its local club Tochigi S.C..

Utsunomiya is the host ceety o the Japan Cup, a UCI sanctioned cyclin race, held on October 20 an 21, 2012.

Cultur[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Buddhist temple o Ōya-ji is locatit in Utsunomiya, an it includes a museum wi airtifacts datin back tae the Jōmon Period.

Utsunomiya is famous for its gyoza (pan fried dumplings). Thare are mair than twa hundred gyoza restaurants in Utsunomiya.[3]

Sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "平年値(年・月ごとの値)". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  2. "観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値)". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  3. http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/eat/utsunomiya-gyoza-town-200431
  4. Manukau City Council - Sister City. Retrieved on 11 October 2008

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