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Ōmiya (大宮区, Ōmiya-ku) is one of ten wards of the city of Saitama, in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, and is located in the northeastern part of the city. As of 1 June 2019, the ward had an estimated population of 116,855 and a population density of 9,129 persons per km². Its total area was 12.80 square kilometres (4.94 sq mi). Although Urawa-ku is the governmental center of Saitama City, Ōmiya-ku is the most active commercial and business centre in both Saitama City and Saitama Prefecture thanks to its transport infrastructure, especially railways connected at Ōmiya Station.

Ōmiya-ku, Saitama

大宮区
Ōmiya Ward
Ōmiya Ward Office
Ōmiya Ward Office
Location of Ōmiya-ku in Saitama
Location of Ōmiya-ku in Saitama
Ōmiya-ku, Saitama is located in Japan
Ōmiya-ku, Saitama
Ōmiya-ku, Saitama
 
Coordinates: 35°54′23.2″N 139°37′43.1″E / 35.906444°N 139.628639°E / 35.906444; 139.628639Coordinates: 35°54′23.2″N 139°37′43.1″E / 35.906444°N 139.628639°E / 35.906444; 139.628639
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureSaitama
CitySaitama
Area
 • Total12.80 km2 (4.94 sq mi)
Population
 (June 1, 2019)
 • Total116,855
 • Density9,100/km2 (24,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
-FlowerSakura
Phone number048-835-3156
Address3-1 Daimon, Ōmiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken 330-8501
Websitewww.city.saitama.jp/omiya/index.html

GeographyEdit

Ōmiya Ward is within the Ōmiya Terrace of the Kantō plain, in the center of Saitama City. It is in the Greater Tokyo Area and about 25 km north of central Tokyo.

Neighboring MunicipalitiesEdit

Ōmiya-ku is surrounded by Nishi-ku (to the west), Kita-ku (north), Minuma-ku (east), Urawa-ku (southeast), Chūō-ku (south), and Sakura-ku (southwest).

HistoryEdit

Ōmiya derives its name from a famous Shinto shrine, the Hikawa Shrine, which has been a place of pilgrimage since at least the Heian period. During the Edo period, the area flourished as Ōmiya-shuku, a post station on the Nakasendō highway, which connected Edo with Kyoto. Following the Meiji restoration, it became part of Urawa Prefecture which merged with Iwatsuki, Urawa, and Oshi Prefectures in 1871 to form Saitama Prefecture. The modern town of Ōmiya was officially created within Kitaadachi District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889.

On November 3, 1940 Ōmiya merged with the neighboring villages of Mihashi, Osato, Miyahara and Nisshin and was elevated to city status. Ōmiya continued to expand after the end of the war, absorbing the villages of Sashiougi, Mamiya, Uemizu, Katayanagi, Haruoka, and Nanasato on January 1, 1955.

On May 1, 2001 Ōmiya merged with Urawa and Yono to form Saitama City. In April 2003 Saitama became a city designated by government ordinance, and now the area of former Ōmiya City was divided between Kita-ku (north), Minuma-ku (east), Nishi-ku (west), and Ōmiya-ku (south).

EducationEdit

TransportationEdit

Local attractionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "埼玉朝鮮初中級学校とは?." Saitama Korean Elementary and Middle School. Retrieved on October 14, 2015. "〒330-0804 埼玉県大宮市堀之内町1の501の1"

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ōmiya-ku, Saitama at Wikimedia Commons