Toda, Saitama

Toda (戸田市, Toda-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2021, the city had an estimated population of 140,902 in 66,765 households and a population density of 7700 persons per km².[1] The total area of the city is 18.19 square kilometres (7.02 sq mi).

Toda

戸田市 
Toda City Hall
Toda City Hall
Flag of Toda
Flag
Official seal of Toda
Seal
Location of Toda in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Toda in Saitama Prefecture
Toda is located in Japan
Toda
Toda
Location of Toda in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°49′3.4″N 139°40′40.5″E / 35.817611°N 139.677917°E / 35.817611; 139.677917Coordinates: 35°49′3.4″N 139°40′40.5″E / 35.817611°N 139.677917°E / 35.817611; 139.677917
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureSaitama
Area
 • Total18.19 km2 (7.02 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2021)
 • Total140,902
 • Density7,700/km2 (20,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeOsmanthus
- FlowerPrimula sieboldii
Phone number048-441-1800
Address1-18-1 Kamitoda, Toda-shi, Saitama-ken 335-8588
WebsiteOfficial website
Toda Rowing Course

GeographyEdit

Toda is located in the flat lowlands of far southeastern Saitama Prefecture, separated from Tokyo by the Arakawa River. The Sasame River also flows through the city before joining the Arakawa.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

Saitama Prefecture

Tokyo Metropolis

ClimateEdit

Toda has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Toda is 14.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1482 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.6 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.2 °C.[2]

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Toda has increased rapidly from the 1960s.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1960 30,752—    
1970 69,511+126.0%
1980 78,435+12.8%
1990 87,599+11.7%
2000 108,039+23.3%
2010 123,017+13.9%

HistoryEdit

The villages of Niizo, Kamitoda and Shimotoda were created within Kitaadachi District, Saitama with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The villages merged on June 1, 1941 to form the town of Toda. The town annexed the village of Misasa on July 20, 1957. The rowing competition of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics took place in Toda near to where the present day Toda-Koen Station is located. The rowing area which is adjacent to the Arakawa River is still in use today. Toda was elevated to city status on October 1, 1966.

GovernmentEdit

Toda has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 26 members. Toda contributes two members to the Saitama Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Saitama 15th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

EconomyEdit

Much of the residential and commercial development in Toda is due to its proximity to the city of Tokyo and the efficient commuter rail links available. This has enabled Toda to act as a bedroom community of Tokyo and is thus an apt location of residence for those who wish to work in the Tokyo Metropolis. There has been a continuous increase in population since the construction of the three Saikyo Line stations in the 1980s and this has had a positive effect on the economy and development of the city.

There are a significant number of transportation/logistics and printing-based enterprises in Toda. Large companies that have their headquarters in Toda-shi include Okazen Transportation (Haulage/Logistics), Khobho (IT services), Chiyoda (Food Manufacturing). Other large companies that have significant operations in Toda are Yamato Transportation, Meiji Dairy, Jomo, Mainichi Newspaper, Chunichi Newspaper, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, Sanyo Electric, Japan Restaurant Enterprise, and Hayakawa Publishing.

EducationEdit

Toda has 12 public elementary schools and six public middle schools operated by the city government, and two public high schools operated by the Saitama Prefectural Board of Education.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

An arrangement of the Toda City song has been used as the departure melody for trains departing from the up platform (platform 1) of the three Saikyo Line stations in Toda since 1 August 2007.[4]

  JR EastSaikyo Line

HighwayEdit

Bus servicesEdit

There are various bus services in the city. Most of the routes are run by Kokusai Kogyo bus company. In addition there is a distinctive low cost mini-bus service known as Toco. This stands for Toda Community bus. The Toco service serves routes within the city limits unlike the regular Kokusai Kogyo bus routes which usually bring commuters to and from train stations on the Saikyo and Keihin-Tohoku train lines.

Bus Routes Departure Destination
Nishi-Kawa 61 Nishi-Kawaguchi sta. Shimo-Sasame
Nishi-Kawa 62 Nishi-Kawaguchi Kita-Toda sta.
Warabi 50-2 Warabi sta. Toda Shako
Warabi 54 Warabi sta. Shimo-Sasame
Warabi 55 Warabi sta. Toda-Koen sta.
Warabi 80 Warabi sta. Toda Shako
Warabi 81 Warabi sta. Toda Shako
Narimasu 14 Shimo-Sasame. Narimasu sta.
Minami-Ura 01 Minami-Urawa sta. Aeon Kita-Toda S.C.
Minami-Ura 06 Musashi-Urawa sta. Shimo-Sasame.
Minami-Ura 07 Minami-Urawa sta. Toda Shako
Minami-Ura 80 Minami-Urawa sta. Toda Shako
Minami-Ura 84 Minami-Urawa sta. Toda Shako
Musashi-Ura 01 Musashi-Urawa sta. Shimo-Sasame
Musashi-Ura 80 Musashi-Urawa sta. Toda Shako
Kawa 50 Kawaguchi sta. Kawaguchi sta.
Kawa 52 Kawaguchi sta. Shimo-Sasame
To 52 Toda-Koen sta. Shimo-Sasame
Community Bus (Toco) Routes Departure Main stops
Eastern Circuit Toda-Koen sta. Toda City hall, Toda Welfare Center
Western Circuit Shimo-Sasame Toda-Koen sta., Toda sta., Library/museum
Misasa Circuit Shimo-Sasame Sasame community center, Kita-Toda Sta
Nansai Circuit Shimo-Sasame Toda-Koen sta.

Sister city relationsEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Noted people from TodaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Toda city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ Toda climate data
  3. ^ Toda population statistics
  4. ^ 戸田市歌「ああ わが戸田市」の発車メロディーが駅で流れます! [Toda City Song used as station departure melody]. Official website (in Japanese). Japan: Toda City. 26 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b "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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