Fuji, Shizuoka

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Fuji
富士市
Special city
Mount Fuji and Fuji City seen from city hall
Mount Fuji and Fuji City seen from city hall
Flag of Fuji
Flag
Official seal of Fuji
Seal
Location of Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture
Fuji is located in Japan
Fuji
Fuji
 
Coordinates: 35°10′N 138°41′E / 35.167°N 138.683°E / 35.167; 138.683Coordinates: 35°10′N 138°41′E / 35.167°N 138.683°E / 35.167; 138.683
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
Government
 • - Mayor Hisashi Suzuki
Area
 • Total 245.02 km2 (94.60 sq mi)
Population (June 2012)
 • Total 253,273
 • Density 1,030/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Camphor Laurel
- Flower Rose
Phone number 0545-51-0123
Address 1-100 Nagatachō, Fuji-shi, Shizuoka-ken 417-8601
Website www.city.fuji.shizuoka.jp

Fuji (富士市 Fuji-shi?) is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Fuji is the third largest city in terms of population in Shizuoka Prefecture, trailing Hamamatsu and Shizuoka.

As of June 2012, the city has an estimated population of 253,273 and a population density of 1,030 persons per km². The total area is 245.02 km².

Geography[edit]

Located on the banks of the Fuji River, most of the city of Fuji enjoys good views of Mount Fuji, part of whose summit is within the city borders. The city is bordered to the south by Suruga Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The area enjoys a warm maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

In the Edo period, the Tōkaidō passed through the area that is now Fuji, with a post station at Yoshiwara-juku. During the Edo period, the area was mostly tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was reorganized into the town of Yoshiwara (吉原町) and the villages of Shimada (島田村) Denbō (伝法村), Imaizumi (今泉村), Motoyoshiwara (元吉原村), Sudo (須津村), Yoshinaga (吉永村), Harada (原田村), Ōbuchi (大淵村), Kajima (加島村), Tagoura (田子浦村), Iwamatsu (岩松村), and Takaoka (鷹岡村) within Fuji District.

Kajima became the town of Fuji on August 1, 1929. Neighboring Takaoka was elevated to town status on January 1, 1933. Shimada merged into Yoshiwara in 1940, Denbō in 1941, and Imaizumi in 1942. Yoshiwara was elevated to city status on April 1, 1948, the city expanded through annexation of Motoyoshiwara, Sudo, Yoshinaga, and Harada villages in 1955 and Ōbuchi in 1956.

Tagoura and Iwamatsu merged with Fuji to form the city of Fuji on March 31, 1954. The city expanded through annexation of neighboring Ukijima and San area from Hara, Suntō District in 1956.

On November 1, 1966, Fuji and Yoshiwara merged with Takaoka to form the new city of Fuji, which attained the status of a Special City on April 1, 2001 with greater autonomy from the central government.

On November 1, 2008, the town of Fujikawa (from Ihara District) was merged with Fuji.

Economy[edit]

Fuji is one of the major industrial centers of Shizuoka Prefecture, and the city has hosted numerous paper factories including Nippon Paper Industries (former Daishowa Paper Industries) and Oji Paper Company since the Meiji period. Other industries include food processing, metals and transportation equipment. Automobile parts manufacturer Jatco is headquartered in Fuji. Agriculture in the area is concentrated on green tea production and horticulture.

Transport[edit]

Railways[edit]

Highways[edit]

Ports[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Yoshihara Gion Festival
  • The Bishamonten Festival is one of the three big Daruma festivals in Japan.
  • The Yoshiwara Gion Festival is held on the second Saturday and Sunday of June.
  • The Fuji Festival is held on the fourth Saturday of July.
  • The Karigane Festival is held on the first Saturday of October.

Notable people from Fuji[edit]

Sister city[edit]

The sister city of Fuji is Oceanside, California in the United States.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sister City Associations". Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 

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