Hamura, Tokyo

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Hamura
羽村市
City
Hamura City Hall
Hamura City Hall
Flag of Hamura
Flag
Official seal of Hamura
Seal
Location of Hamura in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Hamura in Tokyo Metropolis
Hamura is located in Japan
Hamura
Hamura
 
Coordinates: 35°46′1.8″N 139°18′39.4″E / 35.767167°N 139.310944°E / 35.767167; 139.310944Coordinates: 35°46′1.8″N 139°18′39.4″E / 35.767167°N 139.310944°E / 35.767167; 139.310944
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
Area
 • Total 9.90 km2 (3.82 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 55,596
 • Density 5,620/km2 (14,600/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Ginkgo
• Flower Sakura
• Bird Brown hawk owl
Phone number 042-555-1111
Address 5-2-1 Midorigaoka, Hamura-shi, Tokyo-to 205-8601
Website www.city.hamura.tokyo.jp

Hamura (羽村市, Hamura-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 55,596 and a population density of 5620 persons per km². Its total area was 9.90 square kilometres (3.82 sq mi).

The J-Pop singing duet Cazacy calls Hamura home.

Geography[edit]

Hamura is approximately in the west-center of Tokyo Metropolis, on the Musashino Terrace. It flanks the Tama River about 50 kilometres (31 mi) upriver from the mouth.

Hamura is composed of the following neighborhoods: Fujimadaira, Futabacho, Gonokami, Hane, Hanehigashi, Kawasaki, Midorigaoka, Ozakudai, Shinmeidai, Tamagawa, Yokotakichinai. These neighborhoods in Japanese administrative structure are units known as chos.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Hamura has been inhabited since Japanese Paleolithic times, and numerous remains from the Jōmon, Yayoi and Kofun periods have been discovered. During the Nara period, it became part of ancient Musashi Province. The Tamagawa Josui, an artificial waterway completed in 1653 to divert water from the Tama River and carry it as drinking water to Edo, begins in what is now part of Hamura.

In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, several villages (one of which was named Hane-mura) merged to form Nishitama Village in Nishitama District, at that time part of Kanagawa Prefecture. The entire district was transferred to the control of Tokyo Prefecture on April 1, 1893. In 1956, Nishitama Village became the town of Hamura. On November 1, 1991, Hamura was elevated to city status.

Economy[edit]

Hamura is primary a regional commercial center, and a bedroom community for central Tokyo and neighbouring Ōme. Several electronic companies have light industrial or logistical facilities in Hamura. Hino Motors and Toyota have a plant and test track in the city.

Education[edit]

Hamura has seven public elementary schools and three public middle schools. The city also has one high school operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education [1] and one special education school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

Hamura has been twinned with Hokuto, Yamanashi in Japan since October 1, 1996.[citation needed]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Hamura Diversion Weir
  • Aso Shrine

Notable people from Hamura[edit]

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