Isehara City Hall
Location of Isehara in Kanagawa Prefecture
|• - Mayor||Matsutaro Takayama (since October 2012)|
|• Total||55.52 km2 (21.44 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2012)|
|• Density||1,820/km2 (4,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Chinese bellflower|
|- Bird||Copper Pheasant|
|Address||348, Tanaka, Isehara-shi, Kanagawa-ken 259-1188|
Isehara is located in the hilly center of Kanagawa Prefecture. A large portion of the city is within the Tanzawa-Ōyama Quasi-National Park.
The area of present-day Isehara City was part of several large shōen in Sagami Province during the Kamakura period. During the Edo period, it was nominally part of Odawara Domain, although large portions were tenryō territory controlled by the Shogun in Edo through various hatamoto.
After the Meiji Restoration and with the establishment of the district system in 1878, the area came under the control of Ōsumi District (大住郡 Ōsumi-gun?), Kanagawa Prefecture and became Isehara Town on April 1, 1889. On March 26, 1896, Ōsumi District and Yurugi District were merged to create Naka District. The town began to experience rapid growth after the opening of Isehara Station on the Odakyu Electric Railway on April 1, 1929. On December 21, 1954, the town expanded through merger with neighboring Oyama Town and three villages. Its area expanded further on September 30, 1956 through annexation of a portion of neighboring Okazaki Village. Isehara was elevated to city status on March 1, 1971.
Known primarily as a bedroom community for Yokohama and the greater Tokyo area, Isehara is also home to Amada Co, a machine tool manufacturer and a number of manufacturing plants. It is also home to a Maru-Chan (Toyo Suisan) instant noodle factory.
Sister City relations
- - Chino, Nagano, Japan, since January 21, 1986
- - La Mirada, California, United States, since September 21, 1981
Noted people from Isehara
- Ōta Dōkan – Sengoku period warlord
- Saeko Shimazu – voice actress
- Kazumi Murata – model and actress
- Yoshiyuki Kamei – politician
- Shinobu Yaguchi – film director and screenwriter
- Zentaro Kamei – politician
- Yasuhiro Kido – kickboxer
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- Isehara City official website (Japanese)