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One of the main roads in Okinomiya

Okinomiya (興宮) is the small but more modern town very close to the village of Hinamizawa located about an hour by bike from Hinamizawa. Despite its more modern amenities such as stores, it is still described as being rather rural. Most characters have some connection to the town. Those who live there include: Takano Miyo; Kimiyoshi Natsumi; Kasai Tatsuyoshi; Shion Sonozaki after she escaped from her school with the help of Kasai; and her parents who run their Yakuza operations from Okinomiya. Ōishi Kuraudo was born and raised there. Okinomiya contains many significant locations for the series: the apartment block Shion lives in with Kasai next door; the restaurant Angel Mort where she works part-time as a waitress; two toy stores, one of which belongs to Mion's and Shion's uncle Yoshirō; a large swimming pool; and the police station where Ōishi, Kumagai, Komiyama and Hondaya work at. It also contains the library where Miyo Takano pursues her research on the history of Hinamizawa and Keiichi and Shion meet. There also used to be a cafe called "Slim Berta," which Shion particularly liked but seemed to have possibly closed in Shouwa-year 56 (1981). 

Due to its close proximity and residents from Hinamizawa, many people living here believe in Oyashiro-sama and his curse. Okinomiya is also apparently close enough to Hinamizawa to prevent symptoms of Hinamizawa Syndrome from surfacing.

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