Misato, Saitama (city)
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Misato City Hall
Location of Misato in Saitama Prefecture
|• Total||30.13 km2 (11.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,540/km2 (11,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Bird||Tachybaptus ruficollis|
|Address||648-1 Hanawada, Misato-shi, Saitama-ken 341-8501|
Misato (三郷市 Misato-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 136,933, and a population density of 4540 persons per km². Its total area is 30.13 square kilometres (11.63 sq mi).
Misato is located in the extreme southeastern corner Saitama Prefecture in the middle of the Kantō Plain, with the Edogawa River and the Naka River forming two of its borders. It is approximately 20 kilometers from downtown Tokyo.
- Saitama Prefecture
- Tokyo Metropolis
- Chiba Prefecture
The area of modern Misato was originally part of Shimōsa Province, and was transferred to Musashi Province in 1683. The villages of Hikonari, Waseda, Togasaki and Yagisato were created within Kitakatsushika District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Togasaki and Yagisato merged on July 1 1933 to form the village of Towa. On September 30, 1956, Hikonari, Waseda and Towa merged to form the village of Misato, which was raised to town status on October 1, 1964. The area experienced rapid population growth in the 1960s and 1970s with the large-scale construction of public housing.
Misato was elevated to city status on May 3, 1972.
Due to this location, Misato is primarily a bedroom community with a significant percentage of its population commuting to the Tokyo metropolis for work.
Misato has 19 elementary schools, eight middle schools and three high schools (Misato North High School, Misato Technical High School, Misato High School) as well as a special education school.
- JR East - Musashino Line
- Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company - Tsukuba Express
Twin towns and sister cities
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Noted people from Yoshikawa
- Yūya Uchida, voice actress
- Mika Kikuchi, actress
- Shunketsu Yūji, sumo wrestler
- Tomoyuki Sakai, professional soccer player
- Junko Furuta, murder victim
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