Inazawa (稲沢市, Inazawa-shi) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2019, the city had an estimated population of 135,580 in 54,999 households, and a population density of 1,709 persons per km². The total area of the city was 79.35 square kilometres (30.64 sq mi).
Inazawa is located in the flatlands of far western Aichi Prefecture, bordering Gifu Prefecture on the west. Both the Kiso River and the Gojō River flow through the city.
Inazawa is the location of the Nara period provincial capital and provincial temple of Owari Province. The Owari Onkunitama Jinja, an important Shinto shrine located within the borders of the present city, also dates from this period. During the Edo period, Inaba and Ozawa villages formed a post town on the Minoji, a kaidō connecting Miya-juku (Atsuta on the Tōkaidō to Tarui-juku (Mino Province) on the Nakasendō. In the early Meiji period establishment of the modern municipalities system, the town of Inazawa was created. The area of the town was expanded in 1907 and 1955 through the annexation of neighboring villages, and on November 1, 1958, the Inazawa was elevated to city status.
On April 1, 2005, the towns of Heiwa and Sobue (both from Nakashima District) were merged into Inazawa.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Inazawa has been relatively steady over the past 30 years.
The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Inazawa is 15.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1758 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 4.4 °C.
Inazawa has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 26 members. The city contributes two members to the Aichi Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Aichi District 9 of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
UniversityNagoya Bunri UniversityCollegeAichi Bunkyo Women's CollegeInazawa has 23 public elementary schools and nine public junior high schools operated by the city government, and three public high schools operated by the Aichi Prefectural Board of Education. There are also one private high school. The prefecture also operates one special education school for the handicapped.
Inazawa is a regional commercial center and has traditionally been known for its production of vegetables and gingko nuts. Sony and Toyoda Gosei have large production plants in the city. Due to its transportation connections with the Nagoya metropolis, Inazawa is increasingly becoming a commuter town.
Central Japan Railway Company - Tokaido Main Line
Kiyosu – Inazawa Meitetsu – Nagoya Main Line
Ōsato – Okuda – Kōnomiya – Shima-Ujinaga Meitetsu – Bisai Line
Rokuwa – (Fuchidaka) – Marubuchi – Kami-Marubuchi – Morikami – Yamazaki
National Route 155
Shobata CastleShrines and TemplesOwari Kokubun-ji
Yawase Kannon Temple
Owari Ōkunitama JinjaNatural attractionsSobue DuneBuildings and structuresSolae (tower) - Inazawa is the location of the Solae elevator testing tower, previously the highest such tower in the world, but now surpassed by the Kunshan Test Tower in China.
Sister city relations
- Greece, Olympia, Greece, since August 22, 1987
– Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China, since May 16, 1989
Notable people from Inazawa
Mineo Ōsumi, admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy
Takanori Ogisu, artist
Seiko Niizuma, actress and singer
Nana Seino, actress and model
Masaichi Kaneda, professional baseball player
Junki Ito, professional baseball player
Wataru Sakata, professional wrestler