Ayase, Kanagawa

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Ayase
綾瀬市
City
Ayase City Hall
Ayase City Hall
Flag of Ayase
Flag
Official seal of Ayase
Seal
Location of Ayase in Kanagawa Prefecture
Location of Ayase in Kanagawa Prefecture
Ayase is located in Japan
Ayase
Ayase
 
Coordinates: 35°26′N 139°26′E / 35.433°N 139.433°E / 35.433; 139.433Coordinates: 35°26′N 139°26′E / 35.433°N 139.433°E / 35.433; 139.433
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Kanagawa Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Shirojiro Kasama (since July 2004)
Area
 • Total 22.28 km2 (8.60 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2012)
 • Total 83,453
 • Density 3,750/km2 (9,700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Maple
- Flower Rose
- Bird Common Kingfisher
Phone number 0467-77-1111
Address 550 Hayakawa, Ayase-shi, Kanagawa-ken 252-1192
Website www.city.ayase.kanagawa.jp

Ayase (綾瀬市 Ayase-shi?) is a city located in central Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is on the east bank of the Sagami River and is bordered by Yamato, Fujisawa and Ebina cities. It should not be confused with a neighborhood of the same name in the special ward of Adachi, Tokyo.

As of June 2012, the city has an estimated population of 83,453 and a population density of 3,750 persons per km². The total area is 22.28 km2 (8.60 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Ayase is in the plains of north-central Kanagawa Prefecture along the banks of the Sagami River.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

In the Edo period, the area of modern Ayase was part of the tenryō territory in Sagami Province controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate, but administered through various hatamoto. After the Meiji restoration, the area became part of Kōza District, Kanagawa Prefecture. The village of Ayase was created on April 1, 1889 through the merger of eight small hamlets, and was elevated to town status on April 1, 1945. On November 11, 1978, Ayase became the newest city in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Naval Air Facility Atsugi, one of the key United States military bases on the Kantō region, occupies approximately 18% of the area of the city.

Economy[edit]

Ayase is known for its processed meat industry, and is the leading producer of pork products in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Transportation[edit]

Ayase is not connected by rail, although the tracks of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen pass through the city. The nearest train stations are Kashiwadai Station and Sagamino Station (on the Sagami Railway in neighboring Ebina) and Chōgo Station on the Odakyu Enoshima Line in Fujisawa.

Five numbered prefectural highways crisscross the city. The Tōmei Expressway passes through Ayase, but does not have interchange, although there is a highway bus stop for the city.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Ayase is twinned with:

See also[edit]

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