Ritto, Shiga
is a city
Cities of Japan
||A is a local administrative unit in Japan. Cities are ranked on the same level as and , with the difference that they are not a component of...

 located in Shiga
Shiga Prefecture
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, Japan
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. It is well-known for Japanese horse racing fans because there is the Japan Racing Association
Japan Racing Association
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's training center and a famous jockey brothers, Yutaka Take
Yutaka Take
is a Japanese jockey who is a multiple champion in his homeland and won the Japan Cup in 1999 on the horse Special Week...

 and Koshiro Take
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, were born in Ritto.

As of June 30, 2006, the city has an estimated population
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 of 62,285. The total area is 52.75 km².

The kanji
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 characters for Rittō are "chestnut" (栗) and "East" (東), despite the fact that Rittō is both in the west region of Japan and it has no particularly chestnut trees. Actually, "栗" in Rittō doesn't mean chestnuts but Kurita District
Kurita District, Shiga
Kurita was a district located in Shiga, Japan.The district was dissolved on October 1, 2001 when Rittō Town change Rittō City. Historically, Kusatsu City belonged to Kurita District, too....

 (太郡), a former district which contained Rittō, and Rittō was located in east of the district.

Municipal timeline

  • October 1, 1954 - The villages of Konze, Hayama, Haruta and Daihō merged to form a town of Ritto.
  • October 1, 2001 - The city was founded by declaring former Ritto town a city.

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