Yoshikawa, Saitama

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Yoshikawa
吉川市
City
Yoshikawa City office
Yoshikawa City office
Flag of Yoshikawa
Flag
Official seal of Yoshikawa
Seal
Location of Yoshikawa in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Yoshikawa in Saitama Prefecture
Yoshikawa is located in Japan
Yoshikawa
Yoshikawa
Location of Yoshikawa in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°53′37.9″N 139°50′29.1″E / 35.893861°N 139.841417°E / 35.893861; 139.841417Coordinates: 35°53′37.9″N 139°50′29.1″E / 35.893861°N 139.841417°E / 35.893861; 139.841417
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Area
 • Total 31.66 km2 (12.22 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 69,970
 • Density 2,210/km2 (5,700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Osmanthus
Phone number 048-982-5111
Address 2-1-1 Yoshikawa, Yoshikawa-shi, Saitama-ken 342-8501
Website Official website

Yoshikawa (吉川市, Yoshikawa-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 69,970 and a population density of 2210 persons per km². Its total area was 31.66 square kilometres (12.22 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Located in far eastern Saitama Prefecture, Yoshikawa is on the central reaches of the Edo River and the Naka River, and is approximately 20 kilometers from downtown Tokyo.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of modern Yoshikawa was tenryō territory within Shimōsa Province during the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. The village of Yoshikawa was created within Kitakatsushika District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was raised to town status on November 1, 1915. On March 1, 1955, Yoshikawa annexed the neighboring villages of Asahi and Miwanoe. The population began to rapidly increase in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and Yoshikawa was elevated to city status on April 1, 1996.

Economy[edit]

Due to this location, Yoshikawa is primarily a bedroom community with over 19% of its population commuting to the Tokyo metropolis for work. The area was historically known for its production of catfish.

Education[edit]

Yoshikawa has eight elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Yoshikawa is twinned with:

Noted people from Yoshikawa[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 

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