Kawagoe, Saitama

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Kawagoe

川越市
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Traditional alley in Kawagoe
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Kawagoe
Location of Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°55′30.5″N139°29′8.8″E / 35.925139°N 139.485778°E / 35.925139; 139.485778 Coordinates: 35°55′30.5″N139°29′8.8″E / 35.925139°N 139.485778°E / 35.925139; 139.485778
CountryJapan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama
Government
  MayorYoshiaki Kawai (from February 2009)
Area
  Total109.13 km2 (42.14 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2021)
  Total353,214
  Density3,200/km2 (8,400/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Oak
- Flower Kerria
- Bird Goose
Phone number049-224-8811
Address1-3-1 Motomachi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken 350-8601
Website Official website
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Kawagoe City Hall

Kawagoe (川越市, Kawagoe-shi) is a city in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2021, the city had an estimated population of 353,214 in 162,210 households and a population density of 3200 persons per km². [1] The total area of the city is 109.13 square kilometres (42.14 sq mi). The city is known locally as "Little Edo" (小江戸, Koedo) after the old name for Tokyo, due to its many historic buildings.

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Geography

Located in the Musashino Terrace of central Saitama Prefecture, both the Arakawa and the Tamagawa Rivers flow through the city, which is approximately 30 kilometers from downtown Tokyo. The city area is approximately 16.3 km east-west and approximately 13.8 km north-south. The altitude is 18.5 meters above sea level in Motomachi, the highest at the southern end of the city is 50.7 meters, the lowest in the eastern part is 6.9 meters.

Surrounding municipalities

Saitama Prefecture

Climate

Kawagoe has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Kawagoe is 14.2 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1448 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around 2.5 °C. [2]

Demographics

Per Japanese census data, [3] the population of Kawagoe has increased steadily over the past century.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1920 66,320    
1930 75,690+14.1%
1940 77,672+2.6%
1950 100,407+29.3%
1960 107,523+7.1%
1970 171,029+59.1%
1980 259,314+51.6%
1990 304,852+17.6%
2000 330,766+8.5%
2010 342,714+3.6%

History

Kawagoe is part of ancient Musashi Province and the area was heavily contested between the Later Hōjō clan and the two branches of the Uesugi clan, as they vied for control of the Kantō region. In the 1450s, Kawagoe was held by the Yamanouchi branch of the Uesugi Clan. Decades later, Hōjō Ujitsuna seized Kawagoe Castle in 1537, and the city served as an important base of operations when the Later Hōjō clan sought to gain control of the Kantō. For roughly two decades after that, the Uesugi launched a number of attempts to regain the region. This culminated in the 1545 Battle of Kawagoe, as the heavily outnumbered Hōjō garrison of Kawagoe defeated an attempted siege of Kawagoe Castle. This victory would lead to the end of Uesugi power in the region, and the near-total destruction of the clan. The Hōjō having secured themselves in the region, Kawagoe served for another forty-five years as a satellite castle town defending Edo, and the clan's central castle at Odawara. Kawagoe's location on the Arakawa River and near the Edo River were important elements of its tactical significance in defending the Kantō region from potential attacks from the north.

During the Edo period, Kawagoe Castle was the headquarters of the Kawagoe Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate, which had the largest kokudaka of any holding in the Kantō region outside of the control of the Tokugawa clan. The city prospered as a commercial and transshipment center and was nicknamed the "kitchen of Edo". After the Meiji restoration, it briefly became capital of Kawagoe Prefecture (1871) then Iruma Prefecture (1871–1873), before becoming part of Saitama Prefecture.

The town of Kawagoe was created within Iruma District, Saitama with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. A large part of the town was destroyed in a fire on May 13, 1893 and was rebuilt with many structures using construction techniques of traditional kura warehouses. On December 1, 1922 Kawagoe merged with neighboring Senba Village, and was elevated to city status, with a population of 30,359. It was the first municipality in Saitama Prefecture to receive city status. [ citation needed ]

The village of Tanomozawa was annexed in 1939. The city escaped World War II with only minor damage. The city expanded in 1955 by annexing the villages of Yoshino, Furuya, Minamifuruya, Takashina, Fukuhara, Daito, Kasumigseki, Naguwashi and Yamada. In December 1999, the old core of Kawagoe was designated a Historic Preservation District. On April 1, 2003, Kawagoe was designated a core city with increased local autonomy.

Government

Kawagoe has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 36 members. Kawagoe contributes four members to the Saitama Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Saitama 7th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

List of Kawagoe mayors (from 1922)

Education

Universities and colleges

Primary and secondary education

Kawagoe has 32 public elementary schools and 22 public middle schools operated by the city government, and one private elementary school and four private combined middle/high schools. The city has seven public high schools operated by the Saitama Board of Education, one by the Kawagoe city government and three private high schools. The prefecture also operates three special education schools for the handicapped.

Transportation

Raiway

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Kawagoe Station in March 2016

JR logo (east).svg JR EastKawagoe Line

Tobu Tetsudo Logo.svg Tōbu Railway - Tōbu Tōjō Line

SeibuRailway mark.svg Seibu Railway - Seibu Shinjuku Line

Highway

Cycling

The city of Kawagoe operates a bicycle sharing scheme in the city centre, with eight pickup/parking locations. [4]

Twin towns and sister cities

Kawagoe is twinned with the following six municipalities in Japan and worldwide. [5]

Japan

Worldwide

Local attractions

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Kawagoe Bell Tower

Kawagoe is famous for its sweet potatoes, and the local "Candy Street" sells such treats as sweet potato chips, sweet potato ice cream, sweet potato coffee, and even sweet potato beer, brewed at the local Coedo Brewery. Some of its streets preserve the old castle town of the Edo period (17th to 19th centuries).

Sights

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Kawagoe Festival

Festivals

Kawagoe Festival is held every year on the third Saturday and Sunday of October. In 2016, it was designated as an "Intangible cultural heritage". [12]

Notable people from Kawagoe

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References

  1. "Kawagoe city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. Kawagoe climate data
  3. Kawagoe population statistics
  4. 川越市自転車シェアリングを実施します [Kawagoe to introduce bicycle sharing scheme] (in Japanese). Japan: City of Kawagoe. 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-01-13. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  5. 姉妹友好都市交流 [Twin cities] (in Japanese). Japan: Kawagoe International Center. 2003. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  6. 1 2 "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 4 January 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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  11. The Traditionalist Afar magazine
  12. Kawagoe Festival official website Retrieved 21 January 2013