Sano, Tochigi

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Sano City Hall
Sano City Hall
Flag of Sano
Official seal of Sano
Location of Sano in Tochigi Prefecture
Location of Sano in Tochigi Prefecture
Sano is located in Japan
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Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tochigi Prefecture
 • Total 356.04 km2 (137.47 sq mi)
Population (May 2015)
 • Total 117,970
 • Density 331/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Katakuri
- Bird Mandarin Duck
Phone number 0283-24-5111
Address 1, Takasagochō, Sano-shi, Tochigi-ken 327-0022
Website Official website

Sano (佐野市 Sano-shi ?) is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 117,970 and a population density of 331 persons per km². Its total area was 356.04  km². The city is known for its Outlet Mall, Sano Yakuyoke Daishi Temple, and its local variety of ramen. Sano also has become the headquarters of the Japanese Cricket Association and has hosted a number of cricket games between international teams.


Sano is located in southwestern Tochigi Prefecture, bordered by Gunma Prefecture to the west.

Surrounding municipalities


During the Edo period, Sano was a castle town and the seat of the daimyo of Sano Domain. Following the Meiji restoration, the town of Sano was created within Aso District, Tochigi with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889.

Sano was elevated to city status on April 1, 1943 when it merged with the neighboring towns of Inubushi and Horigome and the villages of Sakai and Hatagawa. The city annexed the village of Inazuma (from Ashikaga District) on January 1, 1955 followed by the town of Akami(from Aso District) on April 1, 1955.

On February 28, 2005 Sano absorbed the towns of Kuzu and Tanuma (both from Aso District).


Agriculture and light manufacturing are mainstays of the local economy, with production of Kanpyō, turmeric and spinach being prominent local crops. The city is increasingly a bedroom community for neighboring Utsunomiya.





Local attractions

International relations

Noted people from Sano


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External links

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