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Niiza (新座市, Niiza-shi) is a city in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 162,652, and a population density of 7140 persons per km². Its total area is 22.78 square kilometres (8.80 sq mi).


Niiza City Hall
Niiza City Hall
Flag of Niiza
Official logo of Niiza
Location of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture
Niiza is located in Japan
Location of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°47′36.6″N 139°33′55.1″E / 35.793500°N 139.565306°E / 35.793500; 139.565306Coordinates: 35°47′36.6″N 139°33′55.1″E / 35.793500°N 139.565306°E / 35.793500; 139.565306
PrefectureSaitama Prefecture
 • Total22.78 km2 (8.80 sq mi)
 (February 2016)
 • Total162,652
 • Density7,140/km2 (18,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeAcer palmatum
- Flowermagnolia kobus
Phone number048-477-1111
Address1-1-1 Nobitome, Niiza-shi, Saitama-ken 352-8623



Located in far southern Saitama Prefecture, Niiza is essentially a suburb of the Tokyo conurbation. The Kurome River flows through the eastern part of the city.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit


The area of modern Niiza has been settled since prehistoric times. Nara period records indicate that immigrants from Silla on the Korean peninsula came to the area in 758 AD.[citation needed]

The town of Owada was created within Niikura District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Niikura District was abolished in 1896, becoming part of Kitaasachi District. On March 1, 1955, Owada annexed the neighboring village of Katayama and was raised to city status on November 1, 1970.[1]


Toppan printing has a large factory in Niiza, which is also home to a number of other light manufacturing, electronics and transportation/warehousing companies. However, due to its proximity to Tokyo, over a third of the workforce commutes daily, making Niiza largely a bedroom community.[citation needed]


Colleges and universities:

Primary and secondary schools:


Sister city relationsEdit

Niiza is twinned with:

Local attractionsEdit

  • Heirin-ji, a large Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple. The temple is located in Nobidome, close to Niiza City Hall. There is a very large stone gate (野火止大門 "Nobidome Daimon") along National Route 254, which runs through the middle of the city.

Notable people from NiizaEdit

In popular cultureEdit

On April 7, 2003, Niiza gave the anime character Astro Boy an honorary citizenship to mark the date given as his birthdate in the original manga. [4]


  1. ^ Niiza City Living Guide
  2. ^ a b c "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 4 January 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Taniai, Masaaki. "Profile". Official homepage (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 January 2017.
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