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Shiojiri (塩尻) is a city in Nagano.


Shiojiri's main claims to fame are its geographical location and the fact that its name means Salt Butt. This is due to the fact that it was the end of the "Salt Road" where salt merchants would travel inland from the Sea of Japan. At Shiojiri, the mountain passes became to treacherous to cross and the residents on the other side of the pass were better served by salt merchants from the Pacific Ocean side. By some accounts, if you were able to balance the nation of Japan on a pin, the point would fall somewhere in Shiojiri, although other estimates put the geographic center of the country in Matsumoto.

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Shiojiri lies at the precise midpoint of the JR Chuo Main Line between Tokyo and Nagoya. The JR Shinonoi (for Matsumoto) and Tatsuno Lines also start from Shiojiri.

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