Yashio City office
Location of Yashio in Saitama Prefecture
|• Total||18.02 km2 (6.96 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2016)|
|• Density||4,820/km2 (12,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Ginkgo biloba|
|- Flower||Gardenia jasminoides|
|- Bird||White wagtail|
|Address||1-2-1 Chūō, Yashio-shi, Saitama 340-8588|
Yashio (八潮市 Yashio-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 86,854 and a population density of 4820 persons per km². Its total area was 18.02 square kilometres (6.96 sq mi).
Located in far southeastern Saitama Prefecture at an elevation of only three meters above sea level, Yashio is on the central reaches of the Naka River, and is approximately 20 kilometers from downtown Tokyo.
The area of modern Yoshikawa was tenryō territory within Shimōsa Province during the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. The village of Yashio was created within Minamisaitama District, Saitama with the merger of the villages of Shiodome, Hachijō and Yahata on 28 September 1956. It was raised to town status on 1 October 1964 and to city status on 15 January 1972.
Due to this location, Yashio is primarily a distribution center, with a number of industrial parks. It is also bedroom community with part of its population commuting to the Tokyo metropolis for work.
Yashio has ten elementary schools, five middle schools and two high schools.
Noted people from Yashio
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