Location of Samukawa in Kanagawa Prefecture
|• Total||13.42 km2 (5.18 sq mi)|
(June 12, 2012)
|• Density||3,540/km2 (9,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Bird||Great egret|
|Address||165 Miyayama, Samukawa-machi, Kōza-gun, Kanagawa-ken 253-0196|
Samukawa (寒川町, Samukawa-machi) is a town located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2012, the town had an estimated population of 47,445, and a population density of 3,540 persons per km2. The total area is 13.42 km2.
Samukawa is located in the flatlands of central Kanagawa Prefecture. The Sagami River passes through the town.
The village of Samukawa was founded in 1889. It was linked with Chigasaki Station by the Sagami Line in 1921. A spur line extending from Samukawa to the west led to development of housing and industry, increasing the population of Samukawa such that by 1940 it was granted town status. The Sagami Naval Arsenal of the Imperial Japanese Navy was located in Samukawa until the end of World War II. In 2002, a large quantity of mustard gas was found buried under its former site.
Samukawa has a mixed economy. Industry includes factories operated by Nissan Kohki, a subsidiary of Nissan Motors producing automotive engines.
- Ken-Ō Expressway
- Kanagawa Prefectural Routes 44, 45, 46, and 47
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