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Yaita City

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Yaita City Office Commerce,Industry,and Tourism Department

5-4,Honcho,Yaita City,Tochigi Prefecture, 329-2441

Basic information

Population *1

33 thousand

Labor force *1

17 thousand

Nominal GDP*2


Number of Establishments*3

1,413 establishments

JETRO office
  1. *1

    Population Census 2015, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

  2. *2

    Prefectural Citizens'Economic Accounts 2018, Cabinet Office

  3. *3

    "2016 Economic Sensus", Statstics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Basic information updated on:Jan. 2022

Business Environment

Tochigi Prefecture, where Yaita City is located, is known as a manufacturing prefecture, and the manufacturing industry plays an important role in the local economy. The value of shipments of manufacturing products is ranked 12th nationwide, and the ratio of manufacturing to gross prefectural product is the second-highest in Japan (2017). Tochigi boasts a concentration of a well-balanced wide array of manufacturing industries; in particular, Tochigi is a leading prefecture in the pharmaceutical and medical sector and the transportation equipment sector, such as automobile, aircraft, and industrial transportation. Tochigi provides capacity building and support for research and development activities to further industrial agglomeration.
The northern part of Yaita City is included in Nikko National Park, and the area south of Chubu City has a rich transportation infrastructure, with the Tohoku Expressway, National Route 4, Tohoku Shinkansen, and JR Tohoku Main Line passing through.
In particular, Yaita City is suitable for manufacturing industries in the food and medical fields that take advantage of its rich natural environment, as well as logistics and transportation industries that take advantage of its excellent transportation infrastructure.


Yaita City Business Location Promotion Subsidy

Support for startups

Subsidies will be provided to companies that build or expand factories, research institutes, etc. in Yaita City.
If the total acquisition price of land, buildings, and depreciable assets related to the target facility exceeds 100 million yen, the amount equivalent to the fixed asset tax levied on it will be subsidized for three years after the start of operation.

Yaita City leased land/house promotion subsidy

Support for startups

Subsidies will be provided to companies that lease land or buildings of a certain size or more in order to operate factories, research institutes, etc. in Yaita City.(Land of 3,000 square meters or more or building of 1,000 square meters or more)
After the start of operation of the target facility, 15% or 7.5% of the rent of land and buildings related to the target facility will be subsidized for three years.(Subsidy rates vary depending on the location.)

Tochigi Prefecture Business Establishment & Clusters Promotion Subsidy

Support for startups

A subsidy equivalent to the real estate acquisition tax on land and buildings is available to companies establishing a new plant, etc., in the prefecture. Also, under certain conditions, this subsidy can be applied to production equipment. Moreover,the subsidy requirements have been relaxed for companies strengthening their production systems and food-related companies. (Maximum amount: 3 billion yen)

Industrial cluster information


With a view of the foothills of Nikko National Park, you can develop your food manufacturing business in harmony with the rich natural environment.
Tochigi Prefecture promotes the "Food Valley Tochigi" project. The project aims to make Tochigi a vibrant hub for the food industries through the local economic development under the theme of "food."
Specifically, Tochigi aims to develop a wide range of industries related to "food" from the primary to tertiary sectors, including agriculture, food products, distribution, retail, and foodservice, by promoting industry-academia-government collaboration centered on the "Food Valley Tochigi Promotion Council." The project also aims to build a resourceful industry structure that can adjust to changes in the business environment inside and outside Japan.

Local companies

Ichibanya Co.,Ltd.,Sokan Co.,Ltd.,Sakata Seed Corporation Co.,Ltd.,Mitsuwa Shoji Co.,Ltd.,Nippon Flavour Kogyo Co.,Ltd.

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Industrial Technology Center of Tochigi Prefecture, UTSUNOMIYA UNIVERSITY


The automotive industry is the key industry of Tochigi Prefecture. Leading large corporations and their affiliated companies and SMEs with great technologies gather here.
These companies, universities, and industry-support organizations have established the "Tochigi Auto Industry Promotion Association" Promotion Association" to facilitate interactions in the industries and conduct various support programs.
Several automobile-related companies that support the automobile industry are located in Yaita City.

Local companies

Iino Manufacturing Co.,Ltd.,Ohno Rubber Industrial Co.,Ltd.,Koide Kokan Co.,Ltd.

logistics services

Located approximately 140km north of Tokyo,Yaita has excellent transportation infrastructure,where the Tohoku Expressway,Route 4,and JR Utsunomiya Line run through.
Connect the Metropolitan area and Tohoku.The City is easily accessible via the Yaita IC and Yaita-Kita SIC on the Tohoku Expressway,as well as Route 4,Which will be extended to four lanes,enabling high-accuracy transportation between the Metropolitan area and Tohoku.

Local companies

Takano Shoun Co.,Ltd.,Seibu Transport Co.,Ltd.,Fukuyama Transporting Co.,Ltd.,Oushu-bussan Co.,Ltd.


Living environment

Tochigi Prefecture, where Yaita City is located,promotes "multi-cultural symbiotic society" as a comfortable and livable place for Japanese and foreign residents. With the Tochigi International Association's cooperation, the Tochigi Prefecture government has established an array of assistance measures, such as providing helpful information in multiple languages on websites and through email notifications on smartphones and offering consultation services for foreign residents.
Tochigi Consultation and Support Center for Foreign Residents: http://tia21.or.jp/hello.html

Hospitals with foreign language support

Logistics and infrastructures

Yaita City is located in the northern part of the Kanto region.It is approximately 30 km north of Utsunomiya, the capital of Tochigi Prefecture, approximately 140 km from Tokyo, and approximately 550 km from Osaka.
It takes about 80 minutes to get from Yaita to Tokyo using the Tohoku Shinkansen and JR Utsunomiya Line, or about 90 minutes by car using the Tohoku Expressway.
If you are traveling by car, it will take approximately 110 minutes to reach Ibaraki Port using National Route 4 and the Kita-Kanto Expressway, or if you are traveling to Osaka, you will use the Ken-O Expressway instead of going through Tokyo.
You can access Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Ibaraki Airport, and Fukushima Airport from Yaita City within 3 hours.

Air: Yaita City is a 2-hour drive from Haneda Airport, a 2-hour 30-minute drive from Narita International Airport, and a 1-hour 20-minute drive from Fukushima Airport.
Land:80 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen and JR Utsunomiya Line from Tokyo to Yaita.

Map of Yaita City


In Tochigi Prefecture, where Yaita City is located, the entire prefecture has come together to set up a support system.
Tochigi Industrial Creation Plaza consists of two facilities. Tochigi Industrial Technology Center supports corporations for new technology-related developments and technological advancements. On the other hand, Tochigi Industrial Exchange Center supports corporations aiming to establish new businesses in new fields. Tochigi Industrial Technology Center supports research based on business needs and joint research by corporations and universities by providing its facilities and equipment. Tochigi Industrial Technology Center provides space for businesses conducting research and development and startups.
Yaita City is developing Slow Work Yaita, a regional co-creation type shared office operated jointly by the city and private companies.
We provide a comfortable, high-grade office environment with a concierge on site.In addition to office space, the facility also features a lounge space perfect for webinars and events.

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