Ōtsu, Shiga

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Core city
大津市 · Ōtsu City
Official seal of Ōtsu
Location of Ōtsu in Shiga
Location of Ōtsu in Shiga
Ōtsu is located in Japan
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
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Shiga
 • Mayor Naomi Koshi
 • Total 464.10 km2 (179.19 sq mi)
Population (August 1, 2011)
 • Total 336,430
 • Tree Prunus serrulata
 • Flower Viola eizanensis
 • Bird Black-headed Gull
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 3-1 Goryō-chō, Ōtsu-shi, Shiga-ken
Website www.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.

Gallery[change | change source]

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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