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Top left: Ishidokaba Cherry blossom in Toko Temple, Top right: A fountain in Kitamoto General Park, Center: Konosu Traditional Inn, Nakasen Road in Edo period, Bottom left: Kitamoto Station, Bottom right: Tenjinchigi Shrine
Location of Kitamoto in Saitama Prefecture
|• Total||19.82 km2 (7.65 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2016)|
|• Density||3,400/km2 (9,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||1–111 Honmachi, Kitamoto-shi, Saitama-ken 364-8633|
Kitamoto (北本市? Kitamoto-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 67,319 and a population density of 3400 persons per km². Its total area was 19.82 square kilometres (7.65 sq mi).
Located in east-central Saitama Prefecture, Kitamoto is on the central reaches of the Arakawa River, and is within commuting distance of downtown Tokyo.
Kōnosu-shuku was one of the post stations on the Nakasendō highway until 1602, when it was relocated north; the original location was renamed Motojuku, and later, Kitamotojuku, which is the origin of the name of the modern city. With the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889, Kitamotojuku was merged with several neighboring hamlets to form the village of Ishito within Kitaadachi District, Saitama. On February 11, 1943, Ishito was merged with neighboring Nakamuru to form Kitamotojuku Village. On November 3, 1959, the village was elevated to town status, becoming Kitamoto Town. Kitamoto attained city status on November 3, 1971.
Due to this location, Kitamoto is primarily a bedroom community with a high percentage of its population commuting to either Saitama City or the Tokyo metropolis for work.
Kitamoto has eight elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.
Noted people from Kitamoto
- Atsushi Oshima, politician
Media related to Kitamoto, Saitama at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)