Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Phone number 048-982-5111
Population 69,970 (Feb 2016)
- Tree Osmanthus
Area 31.66 km²
Local time Sunday 7:26 PM
|Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
Weather 11°C, Wind NW at 26 km/h, 60% Humidity
Yoshikawa (吉川市, Yoshikawa-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 69,970 and a population density of 2210 persons per km². Its total area was 31.66 square kilometres (12.22 sq mi).
- Map of Yoshikawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
- Surrounding municipalities
- Twin towns and sister cities
- Noted people from Yoshikawa
Map of Yoshikawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Located in far eastern Saitama Prefecture, Yoshikawa is on the central reaches of the Edo River and the Naka River, and is approximately 20 kilometers from downtown Tokyo.
The area of modern Yoshikawa was tenryō territory within Shimōsa Province during the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. The village of Yoshikawa was created within Kitakatsushika District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was raised to town status on November 1, 1915. On March 1, 1955, Yoshikawa annexed the neighboring villages of Asahi and Miwanoe. The population began to rapidly increase in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and Yoshikawa was elevated to city status on April 1, 1996.
Due to this location, Yoshikawa is primarily a bedroom community with over 19% of its population commuting to the Tokyo metropolis for work. The area was historically known for its production of catfish.
Yoshikawa has eight elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.
Twin towns and sister cities
Yoshikawa is twinned with: