GeographyHachiōji (八王子市; - shi) is a city of the Japan located at 40 km in the west of Tōkyō.
In 2006, the city had a population of 536,995 inhabitants, a density of 2928,96 hab/km ² and a surface of 186,31 km ².
TopographyThe city is surrounded by mountains on three sides, it is in a basin which bears its name. The mountains which surround it in south-west are the Takao mount (500m) and the mount Jinba (800m).
HistoryHachioji obtained the statute of city on September 1st 1917.
For the medieval period, the city was an important road crossroads. the road which connected Tokyo to the remainder of Japan there passait.
The city obtained a castle in 1584, built by Ujiteru Hōjō; it was however destroyed in 1590 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
For the Meiji period, the city thrived because it was a production center of textiles (silk).
- MT Takao (Buddhist temples)
- imperial Mausoleum (多摩御陵;)
- the tree which symbolizes the city is the Ginkgo biloba.
- the flower which symbolizes the city is the lila of Japan.
- the bird which symbolizes the city is the blue gobemouche (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)
The city is twinned with:
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