Misato, Saitama (city)

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This article is about the city in Saitama prefecture. For the town with the same name in the same prefecture, see Misato, Saitama (town).
Misato
三郷市
City
Misato City Hall
Misato City Hall
Flag of Misato
Flag
Official seal of Misato
Seal
Location of Misato in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Misato in Saitama Prefecture
Misato is located in Japan
Misato
Misato
Location of Misato in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°49′48.5″N 139°52′20.4″E / 35.830139°N 139.872333°E / 35.830139; 139.872333Coordinates: 35°49′48.5″N 139°52′20.4″E / 35.830139°N 139.872333°E / 35.830139; 139.872333
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Area
 • Total 30.13 km2 (11.63 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 136,933
 • Density 4,540/km2 (11,800/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Castanopsis
- Flower Rhododendron
- Bird Tachybaptus ruficollis
Phone number 048-953-1111
Address 648-1 Hanawada, Misato-shi, Saitama-ken 341-8501
Website Official website

Misato (三郷市 Misato-shi?) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 136,933 and a population density of 4540 persons per km². Its total area was 30.13 square kilometres (11.63 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Misato is located in the extreme southeastern corner Saitama Prefecture in the middle of the Kanto plain, with the Edogawa River and the Naka River forming two of its borders. It is approximately 20 kilometers from downtown Tokyo.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

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.

Economy[edit]

Due to this location, Misato is primarily a bedroom community with a significant percentage of its population commuting to the Tokyo metropolis for work.

Education[edit]

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.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Noted people from Yoshikawa[edit]

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