Ishikawa Town Hall
Location of Ishikawa in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Total||115.71 km2 (44.68 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2018)|
|• Density||130/km2 (350/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||153-2 Shimoizumi, Ishikawa-machi, Ishikawa-gun, Fukushima-ken 963-7858|
Ishikawa (石川町 Ishikawa-machi) is a town located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 21 March 2018[update], the town had an estimated population of 15,511 in 5690 households , and a population density of 130 persons per km². The total area of the town was 115.71 square kilometres (44.7 sq mi).
Ishikawa is located in south-central Fukushima prefecture. It has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Ishikawa is 11.4 °C (52.5 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,375 mm (54.1 in) with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.6 °C (74.5 °F), and lowest in January, at around 0.2 °C (32.4 °F).
- Rivers: Abukuma River
Per Japanese census data, the population of Ishikawa has been declining since 1970.
The area of present-day Ishikawa was part of ancient Mutsu Province. During the Edo period, the area was tenryō under the direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Ishikawa District in the Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province.
The villages of Ishikawa, Sawada, Nogisawa, Bohata, Nakatani and Yamahashi were formed on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. Ishikawa 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. The town expanded by annexing the neighboring villages of Sawada, Nogisawa, Bohata, Nakatani and Yamahashi on March 31, 1955.
The economy of Ishikawa is primarily based on agriculture.
Ishikawa has three public elementary schools and one public junior high school operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education. The is also one private junior high school and one private high school.
- 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
- Bobata Onsen
- Nekonaki Onsen
- Katakura Onsen
Media related to Ishikawa, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese)