|Ritto, Shiga (栗東市; Ritto-shi)|
|JRA Ritto Training Center. More Ritto photos here.|
|Google Map of Ritto here.|
|Location||Shiga Prefecture, Kinki region, Honshu island, JAPAN|
|City Centers||An'yoji, Ritto Station, JRA Training Center|
|Major Sights||JRA Training Center, tumuli|
|Major Gateways||JR Tokaido Line Ritto Station Tehara Station|
|Train Stations||JR Tokaido Line Ritto Station; JR Kusatsu Line Tehara Station|
|Claim to Fame||Home of JRA Ritto Training Center, major debate on constructing a new shinkansen station|
|Neighbors||Yasu, Konan, Koka, Otsu, Kusatsu, Moriyama|
|Keywords||JRA training center, thoroughbred, horse, new shinkansen station|
|Historical Persons||Take Yutaka|
|Links||Ritto Articles | Ritto Photos|
|Ritto Tourist Information|
栗東市役所観光振興室 Anyoji 1-13-33, Ritto-shi, Shiga 520-3088
|Phone||077-551-0126 Fax: 077-551-0148|
|Tourist Links||English Tourist Ass.|
|Int'l Association||Web site Tel: 077-551-0293 Fax: 077-552-9320|
|Volunteer Guides||Web page Tel: 077-551-0126|
|Ritto City Hall 栗東市役所|
Anyoji 1-13-33, Ritto-shi, Shiga 520-3088 JAPAN
|Official Site||Japanese | English|
|Symbols||Flower:||Pot Marigold キンセンカ|
|Bird:||Japanese White-eye メジロ|
|Sister Cities||Birmingham, Michigan; Hengyang City 衝陽市, Hunan, China|
This page is 65% complete. Last updated: Jan. 11, 2011
by Philbert Ono
Ritto (栗東市; Ritto-shi) is a city in Shiga Prefecture.
Landlocked city in southeastern Shiga and best known for the JRA (Japan Racing Association) horse-racing training grounds and home base of Take Yutaka, Japan's winningest jockey.
In 2005, major business magazine publisher Toyo Keizai Inc. ranked Ritto as Japan's No. 1 Livable City, noting the city's safety, convenience, and pleasantness.
The city also long pushed to build a new shinkansen train station and even started construction in May 2007. However, the city was forced to cancel construction in Oct. 2007 when the prefectural government declined to support the project. Unlike her predecessor, Shiga Governor Kada Yukiko opposed the project, citing the prefecture's poor financial condition. Kada was elected governor in July 2006 promising to cancel such "wasteful" construction projects. The news made national headlines.
Express trains do not stop at Ritto Station on the Biwako Line. You have to take a local train to reach Ritto.
|JRA Ritto||Daiho Jinja Shrine||Wada Tumuli|
|Wada Tumuli||From Anyoji||Ritto Station|
- JRA Ritto Training Center JRA Ritto Training Center 栗東トレーニング・センター - Since 1969, the government-run Japan Racing Association (JRA) has trained jockeys and race horses in Ritto. It offers free tours (telephone reservations required) of this large, impressive facility on Sunday afternoons (1 pm - 2:30 pm) and early Wednesday mornings (when you can see horses running on the track).
- Tumuli 古墳 - Ritto is dotted with numerous ancient tumuli. Painstaking work is being conducted to unearth and clean ancient artifacts. There is even an archeaological museum next to the Wada Tumuli, a group of small tumuli.
- History/Nature Walk - Ritto tourist pamphlets show a map of a history and nature walk from Tehara Station taking you to see the History Museum, nature forest, Mt. Anyoji, tumuli, etc. You don't need to walk much of the route drawn on the map (take a bus instead). And there are very few signs showing the way to the sights. Mt. Anyoji has no legible signs nor map.
- Daiho Jinja 大宝神社 - Near Ritto Station. Holds a sumo festival in spring.
- Feb. 3 - Setsubun bean throwing at Daiho Shrine.
- May 4-5 - Daiho Shrine Reitaisai Festival features tug of war and taiko performances on the 4th and portable shrine processions on the 5th.
- May 5- Otsuki Taisha Hanagasa Matsuri with flower hat dances. 小槻大社
- The tourist info booth in Kusatsu Station provides tourist pamphlets for Ritto.
Train Lines & Stations
- From Tokyo Station to Ritto Station: 140 min. via JR Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi to Kyoto Station, then 25 min. to Ritto Station via Tokaido/Biwako Line.
- From JR Kyoto Station to Ritto Station: 25 min. via JR Tokaido/Biwako Line.
- From JR Maibara Station to Ritto Station: 40 min. via [[Tokaido/Biwako Line].
- From JR Kusatsu Station to Tehara Station: 5 min. via JR Kusatsu Line.
- Kansai International Airport
- Central Japan International Airport (Centrair)
- Osaka International Airport
There are two train stations. Buses run from both train stations. Most places of interest are not within walking distance of either train station as well as Kusatsu Station. The major sights and facilties along the train lines are as follows:
JR Tokaido Line
- Ritto Station (栗東駅) - Daiho Shrine is nearby on the west side of the station. Only local (futsu) trains stop at this station.
JR Kusatsu Line (草津線)
- Tehara Station (手原駅) - Station next to Kusatsu Station. Near Ritto City Hall and Mt. Anyoji. Also near the former site of the new Tokaido shinkansen station which was proposed to be built.
|Wada Tumuli||From Anyoji||Ritto Station|
Videos of Ritto coming later.
- 1954 Ritto-cho township established.
- 2001 Ritto established as a city.
- 2007 The city's plan to build a new shinkansen train station in Ritto is canceled.
Recent Ritto News and Weather
The latest five headlines for Ritto from Shiga News are displayed below. Click to view the latest stories.
Shinkansen station in Shiga canceled - Japan Times, Oct. 29, 2007
- Take Yutaka 武 豊 (1969-)
- Japan's most famous horse race jockey grew up in Ritto and commutes to the JRA Training Center from his home in Kyoto.
Other sights in neighboring cities/towns within easy reach from Ritto.
- Ritto History Museum 栗東歴史民俗博物館
- Ritto Archaeological Center 栗東市出土文化財センター
- Ritto Nature Forest 栗東自然観察の森
- Daiho Jinja Shrine 大宝神社
- An'yoji temple>東方山安養寺
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