Location of Fujimino in Saitama Prefecture
|• Mayor||Hiroshi Takahata (since November 2009)|
|• Total||14.67 km2 (5.66 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2011)|
|• Density||7,314.25/km2 (18,943.8/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||1-1-1 Kamifukuoka, Fujimino-shi, Saitama-ken
|Website||City of Fujimino|
The city is served by Kami-Fukuoka Station, about 35 minutes on the Tōbu Tōjō Line from Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo. Confusingly, Fujimino Station is located in the neighbouring city of Fujimi. The Kan-Etsu Expressway passes through the west of the city, but there is no interchange.
The first housing estates (Uenodai and Kasumigaoka) in Japan were built in Kamifukuoka (now Fujimino) City after the Second World War.
There used to be a military factory near Kamifukuoka City Hall in the 1940s.
There are eight kindergartens, twelve elementary schools, six junior high schools, two high schools, and one university (Bunkyo University).
There are two libraries, two public swimming pools (summer season only), and a number of public halls and community centres.
This is famous for a weeping cherry tree which is more than 300 years old.
The Shingashi River was used for transporting goods in the Edo Period. You can see Mount Fuji from the riverside. If you go across the Yoro Bridge, you can see an old warehouse now called the Fukuokagashi Riverside Heritage Hall. It dates from the 1870s.
This is on the side of the Shingashi River. It is where Tokugawa Ieyasu used to go falconing.
Another famous place for cherry blossom is Chūō Park.
There are two big festivals in this city: the Kamifukuoka Tanabata (Star) Festival and the Oi Festival.
Kamifukuoka Tanabata Festival
This is a lively festival held on the first Saturday and Sunday of August every year since more than 50 years ago. It includes a bamboo decoration contest, Awa Odori dancing, Bon Odori dancing, and traditional taiko drumming.
Oi Festival is held in the middle of July every year. You can see historic mikoshi portable shrines and a parade of floats. You can also enjoy Yosakoi dancing by dancers with naruko clappers in their hands. There are also many outdoor snack bars.
Many supermarkets have been built in Fujimino in the last 10 years, including Ito Yokado, Yaoko, and Belc. The Saty shopping mall has a multi-screen cinema, Ito Yokado supermarket, and a DIY centre, Viva. Viva sells many kinds of hobby and DIY things.
The first outlet shopping mall in Japan was built in Fujimino. It is called Rism, near Fujimino Station. It has many designer shops.
The Cocone Kamifukuoka shopping centre opened in March 2006 on the west side of Kami-Fukuoka Station. It includes a Yaoko supermarket, shops, restaurants, medical facilities, a post office, and condominiums.
Media related to Fujimino, Saitama at Wikimedia Commons
- Fujimino City official website (Japanese)