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Ashikaga (足利市, Ashikaga-shi) is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 149,711, and a population density of 842 persons per km². Its total area is 177.76 km².

Contents

1 Geography 2 Surrounding municipalities 3 History 4 Economy 5 Education 6 Transportation

6.1 Railway 6.2 Highway

7 Local attractions 8 Sister city relations 9 Noted people 10 References 11 External links

Geography[edit] Ashikaga is located in the far southwestern corner of Tochigi Prefecture, bordering on Gunma Prefecture
Gunma Prefecture
to the north, west and south. The Watarase River
Watarase River
flows through the center of the city. It is located approximately 80 km north of Tokyo. Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Tochigi Prefecture

Sano

Gunma Prefecture

Tatebayashi Kiryū Ōta Ōra

History[edit]

Ashikaga from Nearby Mountain

During the Heian Period, Ashikaga was developed by Minamoto no Yoshikuni, whose descendants later became the Ashikaga clan. The area was noted from this period for its academy, the Ashikaga Gakkō. During the Edo period, it was the center of Ashikaga Domain. Following the Meiji restoration, the town of Ashikaga within Ashikaga District, Tochigi was established with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was elevated to city status on January 1, 1921. Ashikaga annexed the neighboring village of Keno on March 3, 1951 and the town of Yamabe on April 1, 1953. This was followed on August 1, 1954 by the villages of Mie and Yamamae, and on November 1, 1954 by the villages of Kitago and Nagusa. On April 1, 1959, Ashikaga annexed the village of Tomita, and the northern half of the village of Yabagawa on July 1, 1960. On October 1, 1962, Ashikaga annexed the towns of Mikuriya and Sakanishi. Ashikaga District was dissolved by this final merger. Economy[edit] Ashikaga has long been noted for its textile industry, but in recent years, it has also become known as an industrial and commercial city producing various aluminum, machine metal works and products. In the agricultural sector, Ashikaga is noted for its tomatoes. Education[edit]

Ashikaga Institute of Technology Ashikaga Junior College Ashikaga has 22 primary schools, 12 middle schools and eight high schools.

Transportation[edit] Railway[edit]

JR East
JR East
– Ryōmō Line

Tomita - Ashikaga - Yamamae - Omata

Tobu Railway
Tobu Railway
– Tobu Isesaki Line

Agata - Fukui - Tōbu-Izumi - Ashikagashi - Yashū-Yamabe

Highway[edit]

Kita-Kantō Expressway
Kita-Kantō Expressway
– Ashikaga IC Japan
Japan
National Route 50 Japan
Japan
National Route 293 Japan
Japan
National Route 407

Local attractions[edit]

Ashikaga Gakko's main gate

Ashikaga Banna-ji

Ashikaga Gakkō
Ashikaga Gakkō
(足利学校): referred to as the oldest school in Japan. Ashikaga Flower Park (足利フラワーパーク): Japan's oldest and largest wisteria. Orihime Shrine(織姫神社): This shrine was built in 1879,the guardians of the textile city, Ashikaga. Bannaji Temple(鑁阿寺): A temple known for its association with the Ashikaga clan. Kurita Museum (栗田美術館): This museum has a fine collection of Imari and Nabeshima porcelains. Watarase River
Watarase River
Fireworks display, which takes places on the first Saturday of August attracts thousands of people from around the Kantō area. Coco Farm & Winery, located in the foothills on the outskirts of town. Founded around 1950, the vineyards are tended by adults with special needs and staff members living in community. During the third weekend of November, a harvest festival is held with live music and wine tasting. Thousands of visitors attend every year.

Sister city relations[edit]

Springfield (Illinois), United States[1] Jining, Shandong, China[1] Kamakura, Japan[1]

Noted people[edit]

Mitsuo Aida, poet and calligrapher George Akiyama, manga artist Masao Urino, songwriter, director Yumiko Hara, marathon runner Noriyo Tateno, professional wrestler Atsushi Abe, voice actor

References[edit]

^ a b c [1] Ashikaga City official home page

External links[edit] Media related to Ashikaga, Tochigi
Ashikaga, Tochigi
at Wikimedia Commons

Official Website (in Japanese) Ashikaga travel guide from Wikivoyage

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Tochigi Prefecture

Utsunomiya (capital)

Core city

Utsunomiya

Cities

Ashikaga Kanuma Mooka Nasukarasuyama Nasushiobara Nikkō Ōtawara Oyama Sakura Sano Shimotsuke Tochigi Yaita

Haga District

Haga Ichikai Mashiko Motegi

Kawachi District

Kaminokawa

Nasu District

Nasu Nakagawa

Shimotsuga District

Mibu Nogi

Shioya District

Shioya Takanezawa

List of mergers in Tochigi Prefecture

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 259596147 N

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