Rittō, Shiga



Location of Rittō in Shiga Prefecture

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°01′N 136°00′E / 35.017°N 136.000°E / 35.017; 136.000Coordinates: 35°01′N 136°00′E / 35.017°N 136.000°E / 35.017; 136.000
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Shiga Prefecture
  Mayor Masahiro Nomura
  Total 52.75 km2 (20.37 sq mi)
Population (June 30, 2006)
  Total 62,285
  Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
  Tree Kaizuka ibuki
  Flower Calendula officinalis
  Bird Japanese white-eye
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-13-33, Anyōji, Rittō-shi, Shiga-ken
Website www.city.ritto.shiga.jp

Rittō (栗東市 Rittō-shi) is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. It is well known to Japanese horse racing fans because it is home to the Japan Racing Association's training center and the famous jockey brothers, Yutaka Take and Koshiro Take who were also born in Rittō.

As of June 30, 2006, the city has an estimated population of 62,285 and a population density of 1,200 persons per km2. The total area is 52.75 km2.

The kanji characters for Rittō are "chestnut" (栗; kuri) and "East" (東; higashi), despite the fact that Rittō is both in the west region of Japan and it does not have particularly many chestnut trees. In fact, the "栗" in Rittō doesn't mean chestnuts but refers to Kurita District (太郡; Kurita-gun), a former district that Rittō was located in the east of.

Ritto City Hall

Municipal timeline

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