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Things to do: religious sites, sightseeing
Honjō is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 77,880 and a population density of 868 persons per km². Its total area was 89.69sqkm.GeographyLocated in northwestern Saitama Prefecture, Honjō is on the upper reaches of the Tone River.Surrounding municipalities Saitama Prefecture Fukaya Misato Kamikawa Nagatoro Minano Isesaki TamamuraHistoryThe area of Honjō has been inhabited since prehistoric times and numerous burial mounds from the Kofun period have been found in the area. During the Kamakura period, the area was dominated by the Honjō clan, who continued to rule over a castle town and eventually the short-lived Honjō Domain during the early Tokugawa shogunate of the Edo period. After the suppression of Honjō Domain, the town continued to prosper as Honjō-juku, a post station on the Nakasendo highway. During the late Edo period and early Meiji period, the area was noted for sericulture. The modern town of Honjō was created within Kodama District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Honjō was elevated to city status on July 1, 1954 by merging with neighboring Fujita, Nitte, Asahi and Kitaizumi villages.
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