Kōnosu, Saitama

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Kōnosu
鴻巣市
City
Flag of Kōnosu
Flag
Location of Kōnosu in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Kōnosu in Saitama Prefecture
Kōnosu is located in Japan
Kōnosu
Kōnosu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°4′N 139°31′E / 36.067°N 139.517°E / 36.067; 139.517Coordinates: 36°4′N 139°31′E / 36.067°N 139.517°E / 36.067; 139.517
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Kazuhisa Haraguchi
Area
 • Total 67.49 km2 (26.06 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2010)
 • Total 119,831
 • Density 1,780/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Zelkova serrata(Keyaki)
- Flower pansy
Address 1-1-1 Chuo, Kōnosu-shi
365-8601
Website www.city.kounosu.saitama.jp/index.html

Kōnosu (鴻巣市 Kōnosu-shi?) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2003, the city had an estimated population of 84,145 and a population density of 2,345.83 persons per km². The total area was 35.87 km².

As of October 1, 2005, Kōnosu absorbed the town of Fukiage (from Kitaadachi District), and the town of Kawasato (from Kitasaitama District) to create the current and expanded city of Kōnosu. As of 2010, Kōnosu's population increased to 119,831 and the total area is now 67.49 km², with a population density of 1,780 persons per km².

Culture[edit]

Kōnosu earned the nickname "Doll Town" for its many "Hina Ningyou" (a type of Japanese doll) factories. Kōnosu is also called "Flower town". It has several flower markets, and many flowers purchased in Tokyo and Kantō region are grown in Kōnosu. The most popular flower in the city is the pansy, which is also the city's official flower.

Festivals[edit]

  • Sakura Matsuri
  • Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival)
  • Ootori Matsuri (Fall)
  • Ojuya (November 13 to November 15)
  • Shishimai (August 18)
  • Mato Matsuri (January 12)

History[edit]

Kōnosu has been a popular inn town along the road of Nakasendō since Edo period. The city was founded on September 30, 1954.

Transportation[edit]

Kōnosu Station on the Takasaki Line of East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – About one hour from Ueno Station (Tokyo)

National Route 17 runs through Kōnosu.

Adjoining cities and towns[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Kōnosu has been twinned with Kaneyama, Fukushima in Japan since 2006.[citation needed]

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