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Namerikawa City Hall
Location of Namerikawa in Toyama Prefecture
|• Total||230.56 km2 (89.02 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2017)|
|• Density||597/km2 (1,550/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Flower||Chrysanthemum morifolium|
|• Flowering Tree||Rhododendron|
|• Fish||Firefly squid|
|Address||Jikei-machi 104, Namerikawa-shi, Toyama-ken 936-8601|
Namerikawa (滑川市 Namerikawa-shi) is a city in eastern Toyama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2017[update], the city had an estimated population of 32,630 and a population density of 597 persons per km². Its total area was 54.63 square kilometres (21.09 sq mi). The coast of Namerikawa is the habitat of the world famous glowing firefly squid (ほたるいか hotaru-ika), which surface yearly in a phenomenon that has been designated a Special Natural Monument by the Japanese government. The city was founded on March 1, 1954.
Namerikawa is in northeastern Toyama Prefecture, in the Hayatsuki river delta and is bordered by the Sea of Japan (Toyama Bay) to the northwest. Namerikawa is located 1 hour by air (via Toyama Airport), 3 hours by rail and 5 hours by car from Tokyo. Since March 2015, rail access is possible via Hokuriku Shinkansen high-speed train from nearby Toyama.
The area of present-day Namerikawa was part of ancient Etchū Province. The town of Namerkawa was created within Nakaniikawa District, Toyama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On November 1, 1953, Namerigawa merged with the neighboring villages of Nakakazumi, Higashikazumi, Nishikazumi, Kitakazumi, Hamakazumi and Hayatsukikazumi. It was raised to city status on March 1, 1954.
Once a rural town in the overlooking Toyama bay, then prospering as inn town on the Hokuriku Kaidō, Namerikawa has developed as an industrial city and commercial center, and is increasingly a bedroom community for nearby Uozu.
Namekawa has seven public elementary schools and two public junior high schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Toyama Prefectural Board of Education.
- Ainokaze Toyama Railway - Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line
- Toyama Chihō Railway - Toyama Chihō Railway Main Line
- To promote firefly-squid-themed eco-tourism and education, the world's only firefly squid museum opened in March 1998.
Namerikawa has several sister cities:
- - Komoro, Nagano (1974)
- - Toyokoro, Hokkaidō (1984)
- - Nasushiobara, Tochigi (1996)
- - Schaumburg, Illinois, United States (1997)