Okegawa, Saitama

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Okegawa

桶川市
Okegawa city hall
Okegawa city hall
Flag of Okegawa
Flag
Official seal of Okegawa
Seal
Location of Okegawa in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Okegawa in Saitama Prefecture
Okegawa is located in Japan
Okegawa
Okegawa
Location of Okegawa in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 36°0′20.6″N 139°32′33.7″E / 36.005722°N 139.542694°E / 36.005722; 139.542694Coordinates: 36°0′20.6″N 139°32′33.7″E / 36.005722°N 139.542694°E / 36.005722; 139.542694
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureSaitama Prefecture
Area
 • Total25.35 km2 (9.79 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2016)
 • Total74,000
 • Density2,920/km2 (7,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeZelkova serrata
- FlowerAzalea
Websitehttps://www.city.okegawa.lg.jp/

Okegawa (桶川市, Okegawa-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 74,000, and a population density of 2920 persons per km². Its total area is 25.35 km².

Geography[edit]

Okegawa is located in east-central Saitama Prefecture. The Arakawa River flows through the city.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

During the Edo period, Okegawa-shuku was the sixth of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendō.

The modern town of Okegawa was established within Iruma District with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On January 1, 1955, Okegawa annexed the neighboring village of Kano, followed by the village of Kawataya on March 10, 1955. Okegawa was elevated to city status on November 3, 1970.

Economy[edit]

Okegawa was traditionally known as a center for safflower production. The city now has a mixed economy, with a significant portion of its population commuting to Tokyo or Saitama city for work.

Education[edit]

  • Okegawa has seven elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools and three special education schools.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Okegawa[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Okegawa, Saitama at Wikimedia Commons