Toyosato, Shiga


Location of Toyosato in Shiga Prefecture

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°12′1.17″N 136°13′47.52″E / 35.2003250°N 136.2298667°E / 35.2003250; 136.2298667Coordinates: 35°12′1.17″N 136°13′47.52″E / 35.2003250°N 136.2298667°E / 35.2003250; 136.2298667
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Shiga Prefecture
District Inukami
  Mayor Sadamu Itō
  Total 7.78 km2 (3.00 sq mi)
Population (2003)
  Total 7,292
  Density 940/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
  Tree Quercus phillyraeoides
  Flower Rhododendron
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 375, Ishibatake, Toyosato-chō, Inukami-gun, Shiga-ken

Toyosato (豊郷町 Toyosato-chō) is a town located in Inukami District, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2003, Toyosato's estimated population was 7,292 and had a density of 937.28 persons per km². The total area is 7.78 km², which makes it the smallest town in Shiga prefecture. It is said to be the home of Goshu Ondo.

From Feudal to modern times, Toyosato has been the home of many merchants because of economic encouragement from daimyo and because traffic can flow smoothly(Nakasendō), although it was not an area that had good irrigation for agriculture. Successful merchants such as the founder of Itochu contributed to the modernization of the city. Tetsujirō Furukawa donated ferroconcrete school buildings designed by William Merrell Vories for the Toyosato Elementary School in 1937. The Toyosato Elementary School moved to a new building in 2004, but the residents of Toyosato moved to preserve the historic school. In 2009, the anime K-On! featured a school modeled on Toyosato Elementary, which drew the attention of otaku.[1]


  1. Anime Pilgrimage: Visiting the model of K-ON!! Highschool. GIGAZINE. July 28, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2011.

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