Kasukabe, Saitama

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View of central Kasukabe
View of central Kasukabe
Flag of Kasukabe
Official seal of Kasukabe
Location of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture
Kasukabe is located in Japan
Location of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°58′30.9″N 139°45′8.2″E / 35.975250°N 139.752278°E / 35.975250; 139.752278Coordinates: 35°58′30.9″N 139°45′8.2″E / 35.975250°N 139.752278°E / 35.975250; 139.752278
PrefectureSaitama Prefecture
 • Total66.00 km2 (25.48 sq mi)
 (February 2016)
 • Total232,294
 • Density3,520/km2 (9,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePaulownia tomentosa
- FlowerWisteria
- BirdBlack-headed gull
Phone number048-736-1111
Address6-2 Chuo, Kasukabe-shi, Saitama-ken 344-8577
Kasukabe City Hall

Kasukabe (春日部市, Kasukabe-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 232,294, and a population density of 3520 persons per km². Its total area is 66.00 km². Kasukabe is famous for the production of kiri-tansu (桐箪笥), traditional dressers made from paulownia wood. The cultural and economic value of the paulownia is reflected in its designation as the official town tree.


Kasukabe is located in far eastern Saitama Prefecture.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


During the Edo period, Kasukabe prospered as a post station on the Nikkō Kaidō highway linking Edo with Nikkō. The modern town of Kasukabe was created within Minamisaitama District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1944, Kasukabe annexed the neighboring village of Uchimaki. On July 1, 1954, Kasukabe was elevated to city status after annexing the villages of Toyoharu, Takesato, Komatsu and Toyono. On October 1, 2005, old Kasukabe city and the town of Shōwa (from Kitakatsushika District) were merged into the new and expanded city of Kasukabe. Kasukabe was elevated to special city status on April 1, 2008, giving it increased local autonomy.


Kasukabe is a regional commercial center with a chor economy.





System City relations[edit]

  • Pasadena, California, United States, friendship city since July 3, 1993. Pasadena, California's Junior Chamber of Commerce does an exchange program each summer, alternating every year with Kasukabe residents going to Pasadena one summer and Pasadena residents coming to Kasukabe the next.[1][2]
  • Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia,[3] friendship city since April 29, 2007.

Local attractions[edit]

  • Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel has a public entrance in Kasukabe. Also known as G-CANs, this huge underground flood control system was completed in 2009. The monumental main storage chamber, sometimes called the "underground temple", has been the setting for TV shows and commercials. It is open to tours.
  • Kasukabe Hachiman-gu
  • Ushijima Wisteria
  • Uchiaki Park


Kasukabe is home to what was formerly one of the two Robinsons department stores in Japan, which became a Seibu department store in March 2013. The large, seven-story American-style store is a landmark for residents. It is located on the east side of Kasukabe Station. However, Seibu is scheduled to close its doors due to a shortage of business, likely caused by competition with Aeon Mall.[4]

Close to the west entrance to the station is a shopping mall, known as Lala Garden, housing several chain retail stores, such as Uniqlo, Gap, ABC-Mart, as well as a supermarket, 100 yen shop, and more. There is also an Ito-Yokado on the west side of the station.

Kasukabe Kite Festival on May

In March 2013, an Aeon mall opened on National Route 16, which shoppers can either reach by car, or by taking a regularly scheduled bus from the east entrance of the station. This mall, as well as Lala Garden, has a movie theatre.

In popular culture[edit]

Kasukabe is the setting of the manga and anime series Lucky Star and Crayon Shin-chan. Shin-chan's creator Yoshito Usui also lived in Kasukabe.[5]


  1. ^ "Japan Visitation". pasadenajaycees.org. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  2. ^ 公益社団法人春日部青年会議所. kasukabe-jc.com. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  3. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 4 January 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2015-10-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Crayon Shin-chan Manga Creator Usui Missing Since Friday". Anime News Network. September 15, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2009.

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