Asaka, Saitama

Asaka (朝霞市, Asaka-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2019, the city had an estimated population of 142,029, and a population density of 7744 persons per km². Its total area is 18.34 square kilometres (7.08 sq mi).

Asaka

朝霞市
Asaka City Hall
Asaka City Hall
Flag of Asaka
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Official seal of Asaka
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Location of Asaka in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Asaka in Saitama Prefecture
Asaka is located in Japan
Asaka
Asaka
Location of Asaka in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°47′49.9″N 139°35′38″E / 35.797194°N 139.59389°E / 35.797194; 139.59389Coordinates: 35°47′49.9″N 139°35′38″E / 35.797194°N 139.59389°E / 35.797194; 139.59389
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureSaitama Prefecture
Area
 • Total18.34 km2 (7.08 sq mi)
Population
 (June 1, 2019)
 • Total142,029
 • Density7,700/km2 (20,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeZelkova serrata
- FlowerAzalea
Phone number048-463-1111
Address1-1-1 Honcho, Asaka-shi, Saitama-ken 351-8501
Websitehttp://www.city.asaka.lg.jp/

GeographyEdit

Located in far southern Saitama Prefecture, Asaka is on the central reaches of the Arakawa River in the center of the Musashino Terrace.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

The area of modern Asaka developed as a series of four post stations on the Kawagoe Kaidō highway from the Muromachi period onwards.

The village of Hizaori was created within Niikura District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Niikura District was abolished in 1894 and became part of Kitaadachi District. It was raised to town status on May 1, 1921, and renamed Asaka after Prince Asaka who was an honorary chairman of the Tokyo Golf Club, which relocated to the area at that time.

On April 1, 1955, Asaka annexed the neighboring village of Uchimagi. At the 1964 Summer Olympics in neighboring Tokyo, the town hosted the riding part of the modern pentathlon event at Asaka Nezu Park.

Asaka was elevated to city status on March 15, 1967.

EconomyEdit

Due to its location, Asaka is primarily a bedroom community with over 37% of its population commuting to the Tokyo metropolis for work. The area is also a distribution hub for northern Tokyo.

EducationEdit

Asaka has ten elementary schools, five middle schools and two high schools. Toyo University also has a campus in Asaka.

TransportationEdit

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Noted people from AsakaEdit

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