Ishikawa, Fukushima

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Ishikawa
石川町
Town
Ishikawa Town Hall
Ishikawa Town Hall
Flag of Ishikawa
Flag
Official seal of Ishikawa
Seal
Location of Ishikawa in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Ishikawa in Fukushima Prefecture
Ishikawa is located in Japan
Ishikawa
Ishikawa
 
Coordinates: 37°08′39.7″N 140°27′8.3″E / 37.144361°N 140.452306°E / 37.144361; 140.452306Coordinates: 37°08′39.7″N 140°27′8.3″E / 37.144361°N 140.452306°E / 37.144361; 140.452306
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
District Ishikawa District
Area
 • Total 115.71 km2 (44.68 sq mi)
Population (November 2014)
 • Total 16,791
 • Density 145/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Cryptomeria
- Flower Sakura
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0247-26-2111
Address 153-2 Shimoizumi, Ishikawa-machi, Ishikawa-gun, Fukushima-ken 963-7858
Website Official HP

Ishikawa (石川町 Ishikawa-machi?) is a town located in Ishikawa District, Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. As of November 2014, the town had an estimated population of 16,791 and a population density of 145 persons per km². The total area was 115.71 square kilometres (44.7 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Aerial view of Ishikawa

Ishikawa is located in south-central Fukushima prefecture.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Ishikawa was part of ancient Mutsu Province. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province.

The village of Ishikawa was formed on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. It was promoted to town status on March 27, 1894. During World War II, the town had a secret uranium mine for the Japanese atomic bomb project.[1] The town expanded by annexing the neighboring villages of Sawada, Nogisawa, Bobata, Nakatani and Yamahashi on March 31, 1955.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Ishikawa is primarily based on agriculture.

Education[edit]

  • Fukushima Prefectural Ishikawa High School
  • Ishikawa High School
  • Ishikawa Middle School
  • Ishikawa Sawada Middle School
  • Ishikawa Gijuku Middle School
  • Ishikawa Elementary School
  • Ishikawa Sawada Elementary School
  • Ishikawa Nogisawa Elementary School
  • Ishikawa Bobata Elementary School
  • Ishikawa Nakatani No. 1 Elementary School
  • Ishikawa Nakatani No. 2 Elementary School
  • Ishikawa Yamagata Elementary School
  • Ishikawa Minami-Yamagata Elementary School

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Bobata Onsen
  • Nekonaki Onsen
  • Katakura Onsen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ishikawa journal, Martin Fackler, New York Times website Sept 5th 2011

External links[edit]

Media related to Ishikawa, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons