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Yorii town office in February 2011
Location of Yorii in Saitama Prefecture
|• Total||64.25 km2 (24.81 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2016)|
|• Density||529/km2 (1,370/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Prunus serrulata|
|- Flower||Erythronium japonicum|
|- Bird||Green pheasant|
|Address||1080-1 Yorii, Yorii-machi, Ōsato-gun, Saitama-ken 369-1292|
Yorii (寄居町? Yorii-machi) is a town in Ōsato District, Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016[update], the town had an estimated population of 34,010 and a population density of 529 persons per km². Its total area was 64.25 square kilometres (24.81 sq mi).
Located in western Saitama Prefecture, Yorii is on the central reaches of the Arakawa River and is approximately 70 kilometers from downtown Tokyo.
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Yorii developed as a post station on the pilgrimage route to the temples of the Chichibu area from the Kamakura period, and was a castle town to Hachigata Castle during the Sengoku period. The town of Yorii was created within Hanzawa District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Hanzawa District was abolished in 1896, becoming part of Ōsato District.
In February 1955, the town expanded by annexing the neighboring villages of Orihara, Hachigata, Obusuma, and Yodo.
Honda has an automobile assembly plant in Yorii, which is a major local employer.
Yorii has six elementary schools, three junior high schools and one high school.
- Chichibu Railway - Chichibu Main Line
- Tobu Railway – Tōbu Tōjō Line
- JR East - Hachikō Line
Sister city relations
- Hachigata Castle
- Saitama Museum of Rivers
- Tamayodo Dam
- Tsuburada Dam
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- Official website (Japanese)