Ichikawa, Chiba

Ichikawa (Japanese市 川 市, -shi, German market by the river ) is a city on the eastern edge of Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture on Honshu, the main island of Japan.


Ichikawa has an area of ​​56.39 km ², an east- west distance of 8.2 km and a north- south length of 13.33 km. The river forms the West Ichikawa Edo the border into Edogawa, Tokyo.


The city was founded on November 3, 1934 from the merger of the municipalities Ichikawa (市 川 町, machi ), Yawata (八 幡 町, machi ) and Nakayama (中山 町, machi ), and the village Kokubun (国 分 村, -mura ) in the district Higashikatsushika. In November 1949, the village Ōgashiwa (大 柏村, -mura ), were the community gyotoku (行 徳 町, machi ), and in October the community Minamigyōtoku (南 行 徳 町, machi ) in March 1955 - all in the said county - incorporated. In today's district Konodai was the provincial capital of the historical county Shimousa. Near the railway station Konodai ruins of the Kokubun -ji were found.


  • The Japanese painter Kaii Higashiyama is an honorary citizen of Ichikawa. In the Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall some of his works are on display.
  • The Chinese writer and politician Guo Moruo lived from 1927 to 1937 with his second wife, the Japanese nurse Sato Tomiko Ichikawa. His house is now a museum.


  • Graduate School of Chiba
  • Medical and Dental University Tokyo assurance, Kokufu Campus
  • Wayo Women's University
  • Chiba Museum of Science and Industry


  • Economic importance include the metal and the textile industry.
  • On March 9, 1948, founded by Tojuro Iijima with the Yamazaki Baking (Japanese Yamazaki Seipan -sho ) a bakery for western bread. From this came the Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd.. (Japanese Yamazaki Seipan Kabushiki Gaisha ) out. The headquarters has now moved to Chiyoda, Tokyo. The subsidiaries Daily Yamazaki, an operator of franchised convenience stores, has its headquarters in Ichikawa.


  • The more than 700 -year-old Hokekyo -ji is one of the most important temples of the Nichiren Shuu. Among other things, the site is home to a five -story pagoda ( Gojyunoto ), with a 1719 produced large Buddha statue (see Daibutsu ) is the largest bronze statue of the Chiba Prefecture, as well as a statue of the founder of the sect, Nichiren. The road leading from the station to the Nakayama temple is famous for its historic buildings.
  • On the site was founded about 890 Katsushika - Hachimangu shrine are the areas categorized as ' National Nature Monument ' '1000 Ginko trees '.
  • If you follow the Daimon Dori you get to on top of a hill, built in the year 737 Guho -ji.


  • Street: Higashikantō highway
  • Keiyo - doro
  • National Road 14: Chiba
  • National roads 357, 464
  • JR East: Chūō - sobu Line, Keiyo Line, Musashino Line
  • Keisei Dentetsu: main line
  • Toei Subway Shinjuku Line
  • Tōkyō Metro: Tozai Line
  • Hokusō tetsudō: Hokusō - line


Cities partnerships with:

  • United States Gardena (California, USA): twinning since November 1962
  • China People's Republic of Leshan ( Sichuan Province, PR China ): Friendship cities since October 1981
  • Indonesia Medan ( Sumatra, Indonesia): twinning since 1989
  • Germany Rosenheim ( Bavaria, Germany ): twinning since 2008


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Yūki Abe ( football player)
  • Masaaki Hayakawa (Composer)
  • Michio Hoshino ( Nature Photographer )
  • Kuniko Inoguchi ( politician )
  • Shigeki Maruyama ( professional golfer )
  • Peter Takeo Okada ( Archbishop )
  • Moe Oshikiri (model)
  • Taiji Sawada ( rock musician )
  • Tomo Sakurai ( Seiyu )

Personalities related to Ichikawa

  • Nagai Kafu ( writer )
  • Guo Moruo ( politician / writer )

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Urayasu
  • Funabashi
  • Matsudo
  • Kamagaya
  • Tokyo: City District Edogawa