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Isesaki, Gunma

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Country  Japan
Region  Kanto
Population  207,221 (2010)
Area  139.33 km2

Isesaki Gunma Wikipedia
Colleges and Universities  Jobu University, Tokyo University of Social Welfare Junior College

Mayor  Kiyotaka Igarashi (since January 2009)

Map of Isesaki, Gunma

Isesaki (伊勢崎市, Isesaki-shi) is a city located in southern Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of February 2015, the city had an estimated population of 208,705 and a population density of 1500 persons per km². Its total area was 139.44 km².



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Isesaki is located in the Kantō plains of southern Gunma Prefecture, bordered by Saitama Prefecture to the south. The center of the city is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from central Maebashi, and 95 kilometres (59 mi) from central Tokyo.

  • Rivers: Tone River, Hirose River
  • Surrounding municipalities

  • Gunma Prefecture
  • Maebashi
  • Kiryū
  • Ōta
  • Midori
  • Tamamura
  • Saitama Prefecture
  • Honjō
  • Fukaya
  • History

    Isesaki developed during the Sengoku period as a castle town surrounding Akaishi Castle, a stronghold in southern Kōzuke Province controlled by the Yura clan. During the Edo period, it was the center of Isesaki Domain, a feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate controlled by the Sakai clan. The area also contained two post towns on the Nikkō Reiheishi Kaidō, a subroute to Nikkō Kaidō which connected the Nakasendō directly with Nikkō, bypassing Edo.

    Modern Isesaki Town was created within Sai District, Gunma Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. Sai District and Nawa District merged to form Sawa District in 1896. It merged with the villages of Uehasu and Moro to form the city of Isesaki on September 13, 1940. On January 10, 1955 the village of Misato was annexed by Isesaki, followed by the villages of Nawa, Toyouke and Miyagō on March 25 of the same year.

    On January 1 2005 the towns of Akabori and Sakai, and village of Azuma were incorporated into Isesaki. On April 1, 2007, Isesaki was proclaimed a special city (tokureishi) with increased autonomy.


    Isesaki is traditionally famous for silk fabrics (along with neighboring Kiryu). This craft is known as Isesaki Meisen. It has been made since the late 17th century, and became popular during the Meiji and Taishō periods. Now, however, due to the ubiquity of Western-style clothes, its popularity is decreasing.

    The automotive equipment and electrical equipment manufacturing company Sanden Corporation is headquartered in Isesaki. Also the city is home to Meisei Electric, a communications and electronics equipment and electric measuring instruments manufacturing company.

    It is also the location of J-List, a retailer of anime goods, visual novels and related products from Japan.


  • Jobu University
  • Tokyo University of Social Welfare – Isesaki Campus
  • Primary and secondary schools

    Isesaki has a Peruvian international school (ペルー学校), Colegio Hispano Americano de Gunma.

    The city formerly housed the Escola Paralelo, a Brazilian international school.


  • JR East – Ryōmō Line
  • Isesaki - Kunisada
  • Tobu Railway – Tobu Isesaki Line
  • Sakaimachi - Gōshi - Shin-Isesaki - Isesaki
  • Highway

  • Kita-Kantō Expressway – Isesaki IC, Hashie PA
  • Japan National Route 17
  • Japan National Route 50
  • Japan National Route 354
  • Japan National Route 462
  • Local attractions

  • former home of Tajima Yohei
  • grave of Kunisada Chūji
  • Isesaki Jinja
  • Goshiki Onsen
  • Sister-city relations

  • - Teradomari, Niigata, Japan, friendship city since 1986
  • - Springfield, Missouri, United States, since 1986
  • - Ma'anshan, People's Republic of China, friendship city since 1989.
  • Noted people from Isesaki

  • Mitsuru Adachi – manga artist
  • Tsutomu Adachi – manga artist
  • Atsushi Imaruoka – voice actor
  • Takashi Ishizeki – politician
  • References

    Isesaki, Gunma Wikipedia

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