Ichikawa City (市川市 Ichikawa-shi) is in western Chiba Prefecture, Japan, facing Tokyo across the Edogawa River. It is located approximately 20 kilometers from the center of Tokyo and has been developing as an educational and residential city. The city has a concentration of the wide-area traffic network that connects the center of Tokyo with many areas of Chiba Prefecture. Major rail routes and roads pass through the city.
Ichikawa City Hall
Location of Ichikawa in Chiba Prefecture
|• Mayor||Hirotami Murakoshi (since April 2018)|
|• Total||56.39 km2 (21.77 sq mi)|
|• Density||8,619/km2 (22,320/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Pinus thunbergii|
|- Bird||Cettia diphone|
|Address||1-1-1 Yawata, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken 272-8501|
The northern part of the city is a prosperous agricultural region, boasting one of the highest production rates for pears in the country. There is a plenty of green space in Ichikawa, including many forests around residential areas. It is also an educational area with a variety of schools. The southern part of the city faces Tokyo Bay and plays a role in the Tokyo-Chiba industrial zone while forming a new urban residential area.
The area around present-day Ichikawa has been inhabited since the Japanese Paleolithic period. Archaeologists have found stone tools dating to some 30,000 years ago. Numerous shell middens from the Jōmon period, and hundreds of burial tumuli from the Kofun period have been found in numerous locations around Ichikawa. During the Nara period, Ichikawa was the provincial capital of Shimōsa Province and is mentioned in the Man'yōshū. During the Heian period, this area was the center of the rebellion by Taira Masakado. During the Sengoku period, it was the site of a major battles (Battle of Kōnodai) between the Satomi clan and the Later Hōjō clan.
In more recent history, the area was also the site of some minor battles during the Boshin War of the Meiji Restoration and was promoted as a possible site for the new Diet of Japan by Katsu Kaishu, who envisioned a structure to be built on the Edogawa River similar to the Houses of Parliament in London along the Thames. Ichikawa Town was organized in 1889. On November 3, 1934 it merged with the neighboring towns of Yawata, Nakayama and village of Kokubun to form the city of Ichikawa. The city expanded by annexing the village of Okashiwa on November 3, 1949, the town of Gyotoku on March 31, 1955 and town of Minami-Gyotoku on October 1, 1956.
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) - Sōbu Line (Rapid)
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) - Chūō-Sōbu Line
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) - Musashino Line
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) - Keiyō Line
- Keisei Electric Railway - Keisei Main Line
- Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation - Shinjuku Line
- Tokyo Metro - Tōzai Line
- Hokusō Railway - Hokusō Line
- Chiba University of Commerce
- Wayo Women's University
- Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Ichikawa campus)
- Showagakuin Junior College
- Tokyo Management College
Primary and secondary schoolsEdit
- Ichikawa has 39 public elementary schools and three private elementary schools. The city has 27 public middle schools and five private combined middle/high schools, including Ichikawa Gakuen. The city also has seven public high schools and two private high schools.
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
- Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia, from November 4, 1989.
- Gardena, California, United States from November 6, 1962
- Leshan, People's Republic of China, from October 21, 1981 (Hometown of Guo Moruo, resident in Ichikawa 1927-37)
- Rosenheim, Germany, from July 14, 2004.
- Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, from October, 2012
- Nakayama Hokekyō-ji: A Buddhist temple with several national important cultural assets, including a gate and a Hokke-dō Hall from the Sengoku period and a Five-story Pagoda built in 1622.
- Katsushika Hachiman Shrine: A Shinto shrine built in the Heian period.
- Osu Disaster Prevention Park: Usually used as a recreation and relaxation site, this park is designated as a temporary evacuation and rescue site in times of disaster.
- Satomi Park: One of Ichikawa's main parks, Satomi Park stands on the hilly part of Konōdai, with the Edo River running below. It is famous for its cherry trees.
- Wild Bird Observatory: This facility is equipped with observation telescopes, and it has an exhibition room which is open to visitors.
- Zoological & Botanical Garden: This garden houses 70 species of animals, mainly small animals such as lesser pandas and orangutans. Nearby is the Natural Museum, Nature Park (Rose Garden), Youth Nature House (Planetarium), and privately managed athletic facilities.
- Teramachi-dori: Formerly called "Narita-michi" ("Narita Road"), this street was once used by pilgrims on their way to Narita-san Temple.
- Guhō-ji and the nearby Mama Well of Kamei-in, mentioned in Takahashi Mushimaro's poem in the Man'yōshū
- Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall: Designed based on Germany, where Higashiyama studied, this two-story building is European in appearance with an octagonal tower.
- Lifelong Learning Center: Nicknamed "Media Park Ichikawa," this center supports learning for everyone from infants to seniors. The center's main attraction is the Central Library, along with the Audio Visual and Children's Hall.
- Clean Spa Ichikawa: Powered by heat from garbage incineration, this facility provides a swimming pool, warm bath, and gymnastic equipment.
Noted people from IchikawaEdit
- Sakaigawa Namiemon – Meiji period sumo wrestler
- Wakashima Gonshirō – Meiji period sumo wrestler
- Kōji Nakano – novelist
- Kuniko Inoguchi – Cabinet minister
- Michio Hoshino – photographer
- Kazuki Kosakai – comedian
- Yūko Andō – newscaster
- Koji Ishikawa – illustrator
- Taiji – musician
- yukihiro (musician) – musician
- Kazuo Takahashi – mixed martial artist
- Shigeki Maruyama – professional golfer
- Oginishiki Yasutoshi – sumo wrestler
- Tomo Sakurai – Voice actress
- Tōki Susumu – sumo wrestler
- Ryoji Aikawa – professional baseball player
- Ryoji Aikawa – professional soccer player
- Kazushige Nosawa – professional wrestler
- G.G. Sato – professional baseball player
- Moe Oshikiri – fashion model
- Yuki Abe – professional soccer player
- Atsuko Maeda – singer, actress, former member of AKB48
- Norimitsu Onishi – Journalist
- Tatsuhisa Suzuki – Voice actor
- Peter Takeo Okada – Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tokyo
- Yoko Narahashi - Prominent Japanese film producer and casting director
- Tao Okamoto - actress and model