Honjō (本庄市) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. , the city had an estimated population of 77,900 in 35,026 households and a population density of 870 persons per km². +more The total area of the city is 90 sqkm.

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Geography

Honjō is located on the northwestern border of Saitama Prefecture, bordered by the upper reaches of the Tone River to the north.

Climate

Honjō has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Honjō is 14. +more5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1258 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26. 7 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3. 9 °C.

Demographics

Per Japanese census data, the population of Honjō has remained relatively steady for the past 40 years.

History

The area of Honjō has been inhabited since prehistoric times and numerous burial mounds from the Kofun period have been found in the area. During the Kamakura period, the area was dominated by the Honjō clan, who continued to rule over a castle town and eventually the short-lived Honjō Domain during the early Tokugawa shogunate of the Edo period. +more After the suppression of Honjō Domain, the town continued to prosper as Honjō-juku, a post station on the Nakasendo highway. During the late Edo period and early Meiji period, the area was noted for sericulture. The town of Honjō was created within Kodama District, Saitama with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Honjō was elevated to city status on July 1, 1954 by merging with neighboring Fujita, Nitte, Asahi and Kitaizumi villages. On January 10, 2006, the town of Kodama was merged into Honjō.

Government

Honjō has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 21 members. Honjō, together with the towns of Kamikawa and Kamisato, contributes two members to the Saitama Prefectural Assembly. +more In terms of national politics, the city is part of Saitama 11th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Economy

The economy of Honjō is based on light and precision manufacturing and agriculture, and the city is also a regional commercial center.

Education

Waseda University has a campus at Honjō *Honjō has 13 public elementary schools and four public middle schools operated by the city government, and three public high schools operated by the Saitama Prefectural Board of Education. In addition, the are two private combined middle/high schools and one private high school. +more The prefecture also operates one special education school for the handicapped. *International schools: Escola Intercultural Unificada Arco Íris - Brazilian school Previously the city hosted another Brazilian school, Centro de Aprendizagem Logos.

Transportation

Railway

JR East -Joetsu Shinkansen * JR East - Takasaki Line * JR East - Hachikō Line

Highway

- Honjō-Kodama IC

Sister city relations

Kazo, Saitama, Japan * Shibukawa, Gunma, Japan

Local attractions

Honjō Circuit, a small motorsports circuit * Sagiyama kofun * Maze Dam * Honjo City Museum of History and Folklore

Notable people

Takekoshi Yosaburō, historian and politician *Yukiko Kada, politician *Jaki Numazawa, professional wrestler *, actress, a former member of the idol group Nogizaka46