Mount Fuji and Fuji City seen from city hall
Location of Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture
|• - Mayor||Hisashi Suzuki|
|• Total||245.02 km2 (94.60 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2014)|
|• Density||1,020/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Camphor Laurel|
|Address||1-100 Nagatachō, Fuji-shi, Shizuoka-ken 417-8601|
As of September 2014, the city had an estimated population of 250,457 and a population density of 1,020 persons per square kilometer (2,700/sq mi). The total area was 245.02 square kilometers (94.60 sq mi).
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.
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.
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.
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.
- JR Central - Tōkaidō Shinkansen
- JR Central - Tōkaidō Main Line
- JR Central - Minobu Line
- Gakunan Railway Line
- Tōmei Expressway
- Nishi-Fuji Road
- Japan National Route 1
- Japan National Route 139
- Japan National Route 469
- 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
- Yoji Totsuka - scientist
- Mitsuru Sugaya - manga artist
- Makoto Oishi - professional soccer player
- Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi - professional soccer player
- Takuro Kikuoka - professional soccer player
- Daigo Kobayashi - professional soccer player
- Shuji Kondo - professional wrestler
- Yukihiko Sato - professional soccer player
- Hiroyuki Shirai - professional soccer player
- Tatsuya Tsuruta - professional soccer player
- "Sister City Associations". Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles. Retrieved April 11, 2011.