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Sano (佐野市, Sano-shi) is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, 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 is 356.04 km2. The city is known for its Outlet Mall, Sano Yakuyoke Daishi Temple, and its local variety of ramen. More recently, Sano has gained international recognition for being the home of cricket in Japan.


Flag of Sano
Official seal of Sano
Location of Sano in Tochigi Prefecture
Location of Sano in Tochigi Prefecture
Sano is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°18′52.2″N 139°34′42″E / 36.314500°N 139.57833°E / 36.314500; 139.57833Coordinates: 36°18′52.2″N 139°34′42″E / 36.314500°N 139.57833°E / 36.314500; 139.57833
PrefectureTochigi Prefecture
 • MayorMasahide Okabe (since April 2005)
 • Total356.04 km2 (137.47 sq mi)
 (May 2015)
 • Total117,970
 • Density331/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePine
- FlowerKatakuri
- BirdMandarin Duck
Phone number0283-24-5111
Address1, Takasagochō, Sano-shi, Tochigi-ken 327-0022
Sano City Hall 佐野市役所
Sano City Hall


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

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit


During the Edo period, Sano was a castle town and the seat of the daimyō 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.



Sano has become the headquarter of the Japan Cricket Association and has hosted a number of cricket matches between international teams. On 22 March 2016, it was announced that Sano would be home to the Sano International Cricket Ground, which will become Japan's first dedicated cricketing venue built for purpose which no longer has to compete with other sports for usage.[1][2][3]


Local attractionsEdit

International relationsEdit

Noted people from SanoEdit


  1. ^ "International Cricket Ground to be built in Japan". Japan Cricket Association. 23 March 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "JCA looking to build Japan's first international standard cricket ground". The Japan Times. 23 March 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Japan's international standard stadium gets green light". 23 March 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2018. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Wallace, Brian (2009-05-04). "SDL scraps trip to Japan at request of Japanese officials concerned about the flu". Intelligencer Journal. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2015-09-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Quzhou government information

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sano, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons