Ōtsu, Shiga

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Ōtsu

大津
大津市 · Ōtsu City
Flag of Ōtsu
Flag
Official seal of Ōtsu
Symbol
Location of Ōtsu in Shiga
Location of Ōtsu in Shiga
Ōtsu is located in Japan
Ōtsu
Ōtsu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°1′N 135°51′E / 35.017°N 135.850°E / 35.017; 135.850Coordinates: 35°1′N 135°51′E / 35.017°N 135.850°E / 35.017; 135.850
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureShiga
Government
 • MayorNaomi Koshi
Area
 • Total464.10 km2 (179.19 sq mi)
Population
 (August 1, 2011)
 • Total336,430
Symbols
 • TreePrunus serrulata
 • FlowerViola eizanensis
 • BirdBlack-headed Gull
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City hall address3-1 Goryō-chō, Ōtsu-shi, Shiga-ken
520-8575
Websitewww.city.otsu.shiga.jp

Ōtsu (大津市, Ōtsu-shi) is a city in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshu. It is the capital city of Shiga Prefecture.[1]

It has been recognized as a core city since 2009.[2]

History[change | change source]

Ōtsu was the site of an Imperial palace from 667 to 672. Emperor Tenji lived in Ōtsu.[3]

In the Edo period, Ōtsu was one of fifty-three shogunate-maintained waystations (shuku-eki) along the road which connected Edo and Kyoto.[4]

Geography[change | change source]

Ōtsu is on the south shore of Lake Biwa.

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References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Ōtsu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 765; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Jacobs, A.J. "Japan's Evolving Nested Municipal Hierarchy: The Race for Local Power in the 2000s," Urban Studies Research, Vol. 2011 (2011), p. 8 [PDF 8 of 14]; retrieved 2012-12-5.
  3. Nussbaum, "Ōtsu-no-miya" at p. 477.
  4. Nussbaum, "Tōkaidō" at p. 973.

Other websites[change | change source]

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