Kamikawa, Saitama

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Kamikawa
神川町
Town
Kamikawa town office
Kamikawa town office
Flag of Kamikawa
Flag
Official seal of Kamikawa
Seal
Location of Kamikawa in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Kamikawa in Saitama Prefecture
Kamikawa is located in Japan
Kamikawa
Kamikawa
 
Coordinates: 36°12′50″N 139°6′6.2″E / 36.21389°N 139.101722°E / 36.21389; 139.101722Coordinates: 36°12′50″N 139°6′6.2″E / 36.21389°N 139.101722°E / 36.21389; 139.101722
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
District Kodama
Area
 • Total 47.40 km2 (18.30 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 13,862
 • Density 289/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Sakura
- Flower Cosmos
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0495-77-2111
Address 909 Uetake, Kamikawa-machi, Kodama-gun, Saitama-ken 367-0292
Website Official website

Kamikawa (神川町 Kamikawa-machi?) is a town located in Kodama District, Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the town had an estimated population of 13,862 and a population density of 289 persons per km². Its total area was 47.40 square kilometres (18.30 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Kamikawa is located on the extreme western border of Saitama Prefecture, separated from Gunma Prefecture by the Kanna River, and isolated from the remainder of Saitama by the Chichibu Mountains.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The village of Tanshō was created within Kami District, Saitama and the villages of Wakaizumi and Aoyagi were created within Kodama District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Kami District was abolished in 1896, becoming part of Kodama District. On December 1, 1949, Wakaizumi split into Watarase and Aguhara. On May 3, 1954 the Tanshō and Aoyagi merged to form the village of Kamikawa. Kamikawa annexed Watarase on May 3, 1957, and was elevated to town status on October 1, 1987. On January 1, 2006, Kamikawa merged with neighboring Kamiizumi village.

Economy[edit]

Kamikawa has some light manufacturing; however, many people commute to neighboring Honjō

Education[edit]

Kamikawa has four elementary schools and two middle schools.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Kanasana Shrine
  • Mizube Koen 
  • Sanba Gorge
  • Shimokubo Dam
  • Shinsui Dam

External links[edit]

Media related to Kamikawa, Saitama at Wikimedia Commons