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Nishinomiya

Administration
Full name西宮市 · Nishinomiya
Official name西宮市 · Nishinomiya
JapaneseName西宮
Settlement typeCore city
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureHyōgo
Government
MayorMasahiro Kouno
Geography
Total Area38.6 sq mi (99.96 km2)
Demography
Total Population476329 (April 1, 2008)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)

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|} is a city located in Hyōgo, Japan, between the cities of Ōsaka and Kōbe. On April 1, 2005, the city of Nishinomiya celebrated its 80th anniversary. It is best known as the home of Kōshien Stadium, where the Hanshin Tigers baseball team plays home games and where Japan's annual high school baseball championship is held. It is also the location of Kwansei Gakuin University, a private university founded by American missionaries in the nineteenth century. Nishinomiya is an important commercial and shipping city in the Kansai region with the third largest population in Hyōgo Prefecture.


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