Fujimino, Saitama

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Fujimino
ふじみ野市
City
Flag of Fujimino
Flag
Location of Fujimino in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Fujimino in Saitama Prefecture
Fujimino is located in Japan
Fujimino
Fujimino
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°53′N 139°31′E / 35.883°N 139.517°E / 35.883; 139.517Coordinates: 35°53′N 139°31′E / 35.883°N 139.517°E / 35.883; 139.517
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Hiroshi Takahata (since November 2009)
Area
 • Total 14.67 km2 (5.66 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total 107,300
 • Density 7,314.25/km2 (18,943.8/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Area code(s) 049
Address 1-1-1 Kamifukuoka, Fujimino-shi, Saitama-ken
356-8501
Phone number 049-261-2611
Website City of Fujimino

Fujimino (ふじみ野市 Fujimino-shi?) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, about 30 km from central Tokyo. The city is surrounded by Kawagoe, Fujimi, and Miyoshi.

As of March 31, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 107,459, with 46,369 households and a population density of approximately 5,454.77 persons per km². The total area is 19.70 km².

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.

History[edit]

The modern city of Fujimino was established on October 1, 2005, from the merger of the city of Kamifukuoka, and the town of Ōi (from Iruma District).

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.

Earthenwares from the Kamifukuoka shell mound in the Early Jōmon Period, Sekiyama type, were discovered beneath the Dainihon Print Company.

Gongennyama claster of tumuli (Gongenyama mounded claster)built in early kofun period, late 3rd century.

There is a Yakushi Buddha (Buddha of Healing) at the Yakuo Temple, which was maybe made in the Muromachi Period.

Education[edit]

There are eight kindergartens, twelve elementary schools, six junior high schools, two high schools, and one university (Bunkyo University).

Public facilities[edit]

There are two libraries, two public swimming pools (summer season only), and a number of public halls and community centres.

Sightseeing[edit]

Jizoin Temple[edit]

This is famous for a weeping cherry tree which is more than 300 years old.

Benten-no-mori Park[edit]

This is a nice park, which has a spring and a small temple. You can see cherry blossom in spring, and kudzu in autumn.

Shingashi River[edit]

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.

Green Park[edit]

This is on the side of the Shingashi River. It is where Tokugawa Ieyasu used to go falconing.

Chuo Park during the cherry blossom season

Cherry blossom[edit]

Another famous place for cherry blossom is Chūō Park.

Festivals[edit]

There are two big festivals in this city: the Kamifukuoka Tanabata (Star) Festival and the Oi Festival.

Kamifukuoka Tanabata Festival[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Shopping[edit]

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.

Redevelopment[edit]

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.

External links[edit]

Media related to Fujimino, Saitama at Wikimedia Commons