Mizuho
瑞穂町
Mizuho Town Hall
Mizuho Town Hall
Flag of Mizuho
Official seal of Mizuho
Location of Mizuho in Tokyo
Location of Mizuho in Tokyo
Mizuho is located in Japan
Mizuho
Mizuho
 
Coordinates: 35°46′19.1″N 139°21′14.5″E / 35.771972°N 139.354028°E / 35.771972; 139.354028Coordinates: 35°46′19.1″N 139°21′14.5″E / 35.771972°N 139.354028°E / 35.771972; 139.354028
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo
DistrictNishitama
Government
 • MayorHiroyuki Sugiura
Area
 • Total16.85 km2 (6.51 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2021)
 • Total32,458
 • Density1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeOsmanthus
Pine
• FlowerCamellia sinensis
Azalea
Osmanthus
• BirdEurasian skylark
Phone number042-557-0501
Address2335 Hakonegasaki, Mizuho-machi, Nishitama-gun Tokyo 190-1292
WebsiteOfficial website

Mizuho (瑞穂町, Mizuho-machi) is a town located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 March 2021, the town had an estimated population of 32,458, and a population density of 1900 persons per km².[1] The total area of the town is 16.85 square kilometres (6.51 sq mi).

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

Saitama Prefecture

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 13.4 °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.[2]

Demographics

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Mizuho doubled between 1960 and 1980, but has remained relatively constant for the past 40 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1960 12,092—    
1970 17,687+46.3%
1980 22,803+28.9%
1990 30,967+35.8%
2000 32,892+6.2%
2010 33,467+1.7%

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. 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. 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

Middle schools

Transportation

Railway

JR logo (east).svg
JR EastHachikō Line

Highway

Sister city

In popular media

The town in the romance visual novel and anime Clannad, by Key, draws inspiration from locations in Mizuho.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Mizuho town official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ Mizuho climate data
  3. ^ Mizuho population statistics
  4. ^ "Mizuho, Tokyo: Home of CLANNAD". Infinite Mirai Blog. Wordpress. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2018.