Ishikawa, Fukushima

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Ishikawa
石川町
Town
Ishikawa Town Hall
Ishikawa Town Hall
Flag of Ishikawa
Flag
Official seal of Ishikawa
Seal
Location of Ishikawa in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Ishikawa in Fukushima Prefecture
Ishikawa is located in Japan
Ishikawa
Ishikawa
 
Coordinates: 37°09′25.4″N 140°26′48.5″E / 37.157056°N 140.446806°E / 37.157056; 140.446806Coordinates: 37°09′25.4″N 140°26′48.5″E / 37.157056°N 140.446806°E / 37.157056; 140.446806
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima
District Ishikawa
Area
 • Total 115.71 km2 (44.68 sq mi)
Population (May 2018)
 • Total 15,511
 • Density 130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Cryptomeria
- Flower Sakura
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0247-26-2111
Address 153-2 Shimoizumi, Ishikawa-machi, Ishikawa-gun, Fukushima-ken 963-7858
Website Official website

Ishikawa (石川町, Ishikawa-machi) is a town located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 21 March 2018, the town had an estimated population of 15,511 in 5690 households [1], and a population density of 130 persons per km². The total area of the town was 115.71 square kilometres (44.7 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Aerial view of Ishikawa

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).[2]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Ishikawa has been declining since 1970.

Census year Population
1970 22,423
1980 21,731
1990 21,534
2000 19,914
2010 17,775

History[edit]

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.[4] The town expanded by annexing the neighboring villages of Sawada, Nogisawa, Bohata, Nakatani and Yamahashi on March 31, 1955.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Ishikawa is primarily based on agriculture.

Education[edit]

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

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Bobata Onsen
  • Nekonaki Onsen
  • Katakura Onsen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ishikawa Town official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Ishikawa climate data
  3. ^ Ishikawa population statistics
  4. ^ Ishikawa journal, Martin Fackler, New York Times website Sept 5 2011

External links[edit]

Media related to Ishikawa, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons