Aikawa, Kanagawa

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Aikawa
愛川町
Town
View of Aikawa Town
View of Aikawa Town
Flag of Aikawa
Flag
Official seal of Aikawa
Seal
Location of Aikawa in Kanagawa
Location of Aikawa in Kanagawa
Aikawa is located in Japan
Aikawa
Aikawa
 
Coordinates: 35°31′44″N 139°19′18″E / 35.52889°N 139.32167°E / 35.52889; 139.32167Coordinates: 35°31′44″N 139°19′18″E / 35.52889°N 139.32167°E / 35.52889; 139.32167
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Kanagawa Prefecture
District Aikō
Area
 • Total 34.29 km2 (13.24 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2012)
 • Total 41,576
 • Density 1,210/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Maple
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Common Kingfisher
Phone number 046-285-2111
Address 251-1 Kakuda, Aikawa-machi, Aikō-gun, Kanagawa-ken
243-0392
Website Town of Aikawa
Aikawa Town Hall

Aikawa (愛川町 Aikawa-machi?) is a town located in Aikō District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. As of June 1, 2012, the town had an estimated population of 41,576 and a population density of 1,210 persons per km². The total area was 34.29 km².

Geography[edit]

Aikawa is located in the foothills of northern Kanagawa Prefecture. The Nakatsu River, a tributary of the Sagami River, flows through. A portion of the Tanzawa Mountains can be found in the western part of the town. Miyagase Dam, a major source of hydroelectric power, is situated on the Nakatsu River. The highest mountain in Aikawa is Mount Takatori.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

During the Sengoku period, the Battle of Mimasetoge between the forces of Takeda Shingen and the late Hōjō clan occurred on what is now Aikawa Town. During the Edo period, the area was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. After the Meiji Restoration, in the cadastral reorganization for 1889, Aikawa village was founded on April 4, 1889. It was elevated to town status on April 1, 1940. On January 15, 1955 it merged with neighboring Takamine Village and on September 30, 1956 with neighboring Nakatsu Village. Industrial development began in 1966.

Economy[edit]

Aikawa has a mixed economy, supported by agriculture and light/precision industries. Makino Milling Machines has a factory in Aikawa, as does Asahi Glass Co., NHK Spring Company, Merck Pharmaceuticals and Mitsubishi Motors. The town also serves as a bedroom community for neighboring Sagamihara and Atsugi.

Transportation[edit]

Aikawa is served by Japan National Route 412 highway, but has no rail connections.

Noted people from Aikawa[edit]

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