Lower:Kōzōji New Town
Location of Kasugai in Aichi Prefecture, highlighted in pink
|• - Mayor||Futoshi Itoh (since May 2006)|
|• Total||92.78 km2 (35.82 sq mi)|
(October 1, 2019)
|• Density||3,300/km2 (8,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|Address||Toriimatsu 5-44, Kasugai City, Aichi Prefecture 486-8686|
Kasugai (春日井市, Kasugai-shi) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2019[update], the city had an estimated population of 306,764, and a population density of 3,306 persons per km². The total area of the city is 92.78 square kilometres (35.82 sq mi).
Per Japanese census data, the population of Kasugai has increased rapidly over the past 70 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 Kasugai is 15.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1681 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 28.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around 4.3 °C.
The area which is now Kasugai contains many Kofun period burial mounds. It was part of ancient Owari Province Under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate, the area was mostly part of the holdings of Owari Domain. With the Meiji period establishment of the modern municipalities system, the area was organized into villages under Higashikasugai District, including the village of Kachigawa on October 1, 1889. Kachigawa was raised to town status on July 25, 1900. On June 1, 1943, Kachigawa was merged with neighboring villages of Toriimatsu and Shinogi to form the city of Kasugai. In 1958, Kasugai annexed the neighboring towns of Sakashita and Kōzōji. Kasugai gained Special city status on April 1, 2001 with increased local autonomy.
Kasugai has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 32 members. The city contributes four members to the Aichi Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Aichi District 6 of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
Due to its location, Kasugai is increasingly becoming a bedroom community for the greater Nagoya metropolis. In terms of agricultural production, Kasugai is noted for horticulture and produces over 80% of the cactus sold as houseplants. Oji Paper Company, Panasonic and Fujitsu have large factories in Kasugai.
- Tōmei Expressway
- Chūō Expressway
- Nagoya Dai-Ni Kanjo Expressway(Meinikan)
- National Route 19
- National Route 155
- National Route 302
Colleges and universities:
Primary and secondary education:
- Kasugai has 37 public elementary schools and15 public junior high schools operated by the city government, and seven public high schools operated by the Aichi Prefectural Board of Education. There are also one private junior high schools and one private high school. The prefecture also operates two special education schools for the handicapped.
- Jōjō Castle ruins
- Ōdome Castle
- Yoshida Castle
- Buddhist temple
- Enpuku-ji temple
- Kōzō-ji temple
- Mitsuzō-in temple
- Rinsyō-in temple
- Shintoku-ji temple
- Taigaku-ji temple
- Shinto shrines
- Itahato Jinja
- Matsubara Jinja
- Utsutsu Jinja
- Archaeological sites
- Kasugai city library
- Greenpia Kasugai
- Ochiai Park
- Ichiro Suzuki, professional baseball player
- Eiji Okuda, actor and director
- Takehiro Donoue, professional baseball player
- Naomichi Donoue, professional baseball player
- Sho Ito, professional soccer player
- Asahiyutaka Katsuteru, sumo wrestler
- Kousei Amano, actor
- Gaku Hasegawa, politician
- Company Matsuo, pornographic movie actor/director
Media related to Kasugai, Aichi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese) (with some portions in English)