Asaka City Hall
Location of Asaka in Saitama Prefecture
|• Total||18.34 km2 (7.08 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2016)|
|• Density||7,440/km2 (19,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|Address||1-1-1 Honmachi, Asaka-shi, Saitama-ken 351-8501|
Asaka (朝霞市 Asaka-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 135,495 and a population density of 7440 persons per km². Its total area was 18.34 square kilometres (7.08 sq mi).
The village of Hizaori was created within Niikura District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Niikura District was abolished in 1894 and became part of Kitaadachi District. It was raised to town status on May 1, 1921, and renamed Asaka after Prince Asaka who was an honorary chairman of the Tokyo Golf Club, which relocated to the area at that time.
On April 1, 1955, Asaka annexed the neighboring village of Uchimasa. At the 1964 Summer Olympics in neighboring Tokyo, the town hosted the riding part of the modern pentathlon event at Asaka Nezu Park.
Asaka was elevated to city status on March 15, 1967.
Due to its location, Asaka is primarily a bedroom community with over 37% of its population commuting to the Tokyo metropolis for work. The area is also a distribution hub for northern Tokyo.
Asaka has ten elementary schools, five middle schools and two high schools. Toyo University also has a campus in Asaka.
Noted people from Asaka
- Yuhi, professional wrestler
- Akira Nakamura, professional baseball player
- Shohei Takashima, professional baseball player
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