Shioya Town Hall
Location of Shioya in Tochigi Prefecture
|• Total||176.06 km2 (67.98 sq mi)|
|• Density||62/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Flower||Mountain lily|
|• Bird||Crested kingfisher|
|Address||Tamanyu 741, Shioya-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi-ken 329-2292|
Shioya (塩谷町, Shioya-machi) is a town located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 August 2020[update], the town had an estimated population of 10,906 in 4028 households, and a population density of 62 persons per km². The total area of the town is 176.06 square kilometres (67.98 sq mi).
Shioya is located in central Tochigi Prefecture.
Shioya has a Humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Shioya is 11.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1569 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around 0.1 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Shioya has declined over the past 30 years.
The villages of Tamanyu, Funyu, and Omiya were created within Shioya District of Tochigi Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the modern municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. The three villages merged on March 31, 1957 to create the village of Shioya. Shioya was elevated to town status on February 11, 1965.
Shioya has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral town council of 12 members. Shioya, together with the city of Sakura and town of Takanezawa collectively contributes two members to the Tochigi Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the town is part of Tochigi 2nd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
The economy of Shioya is heavily dependent on agriculture, but is increasingly a bedroom community for the nearby cities of Utsunomiya and Nikkō.
- Shioya does not have any passenger train service.
- Shojinzawa Yusui – one of the 100 famous springs of Japan
- Shioya Onsen
Media related to Shioya, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)