Mizuho (瑞穂町) is a town located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. , the town had an estimated population of 32,458, and a population density of 1900 persons per km². +more The total area of the town is 17 sqkm.

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Geography

Mizuho is located in the foothills of the Okutama Mountains of western Tokyo, bordered by Saitama Prefecture to the north.

Surrounding municipalities

Tokyo Metropolis *Hamura (to the west) *Ōme (to the west) *Fussa (to the south) *Musashimurayama (to the east) Saitama Prefecture *Iruma (to the north) *Tokorozawa (to the east)

Climate

Mizuho has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Mizuho is 13. +more4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1998 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25. 0 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1. 7 °C.

Demographics

Per Japanese census data, the population of Mizuho doubled between 1960 and 1980, but has remained relatively constant for the past 40 years.

History

The area of present-day Mizuho was part of ancient Musashi Province. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Nishitama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. +more The villages of Hakenogasaki, Ishihata, Tonogaya and Nagaoka were created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. Nishitama District was transferred to the administrative control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. The town of Mizuho was established by the merger of the four villages on November 10, 1940. Mizuho annexed the neighbouring town on Moto-Sayama from Saitama Prefecture in 1958.

Government

Mizuho has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral town council of 16 members. Mizuho, collectively with the municipalities of Akiruno, Fussa, Hamura, Hinode, Hinohara and Okutama, contributes two members to the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly. +more In terms of national politics, the town is part of Tokyo 25th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Education

Mizuho has five public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the town government and one public high school (Mizuho Nōgei High School) operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education. Tokyo Metropolis also operates one special education school for the handicapped.

Elementary schools

Mizuho 1st Elementary School *Mizuho 2nd Elementary School *Mizuho 3rd Elementary School *Mizuho 4th Elementary School *Mizuho 5th Elementary School

Middle schools

Mizuho Junior High School *Mizuho Second Junior High School

Transportation

Railway

JR East - Hachikō Line

Highway

In popular media

The town in the romance visual novel and anime Clannad, by Key, draws inspiration from locations in Mizuho.