Inzai, Chiba

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Inzai
印西市
City
Inzai City Hall
Inzai City Hall
Flag of Inzai
Flag
Official seal of Inzai
Seal
Location of Inzai in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Inzai in Chiba Prefecture
Inzai is located in Japan
Inzai
Inzai
 
Coordinates: 35°50′N 140°09′E / 35.833°N 140.150°E / 35.833; 140.150Coordinates: 35°50′N 140°09′E / 35.833°N 140.150°E / 35.833; 140.150
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
Government
 • - Mayor Sanyo Yamazaki (since July 2004)
Area
 • Total 123.80 km2 (47.80 sq mi)
Population (April 2012)
 • Total 89,505
 • Density 723/km2 (1,870/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
-Tree Japanese Black Pine
- Flower Cosmos
Phone number 0476-42-5111
Address 2364 Omori, Inzai-shi, Chiba-ken 270-1396
Website www.city.inzai.chiba.jp

Inzai (印西市 Inzai-shi?) is a city located in northwestern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

As of late February 2011, the city has an estimated population of 89,505 and a population density of 723 persons per km². The total area is 123.80 km².

Geography[edit]

Inzai is located in the important area of northern Chiba Prefecture connecting Tokyo and Narita. Besides Tone River that flows in the north, Teganuma Lake that lies in the north-west, Imba Lake that lies in the south-east of the city, the city is also surrounded by natural environment such as natural forest.

Surrounding Municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of Inzai has been inhabited since the Japanese Paleolithic period, with some stone tools having been found in Kikaribyo that were used by people during that time. During the Edo period, the village of Kioroshi developed as a port at the bank of Tone River.

After the Meiji Restoration, on April 1, 1889, the town of Kioroshi, and the villages of Omori, Taisha, Funoho, Rokugo, Munakata, Hongo and Eiji were founded. The Meiji Era is also the golden age for steam ships in Tone River sailing from Tokyo to Chōshi. Taisha was raised to town status on March 1, 1913 and renamed Omori Town. In 1942, a pilot training center was built in Sofuke. This place was hit by Allied air raids in World War II. After the war the training center was abandoned.

On December 1, 1954 the town of Inzai was founded through the merger of the towns of Kioroshi and Taisha, and the villages of Eiji and Funaho. At the time the population was about 11,000.

The development of the Chiba New Town project and the Hokusō Line considerably boosted the development of Inzai from the mid-1980s. Inzai was elevated to city status on April 1, 1996.

On March 23, 2010, Inzai absorbed the villages of Inba and Motono (both from Inba District) to create the new and expanded city of Inzai.

Economy[edit]

Shopping Centers[edit]

The main shopping centers in Inzai are:

  • Jusco Chiba New Town
  • AEON Chiba New Town Shopping Center
  • Joyful Honda Chiba New Town
  • Makinohara More
  • Makinohara Festival Outlet
  • Big Hop
  • Costco

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highways[edit]

Education[edit]

There are thirteen public elementary schools, six public junior high schools, one senior high school, and two private universities in Inzai. Inba High School is operated by the Chiba Prefectural Board of Education.

Universities[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

  • Omori Library
  • Kobayashi Library
  • Sofuke Library
  • Oguradai Library

Local attractions[edit]

  • Yokappe Yume Festival – A festival is held annually in Kioroshi and Rokken Area.
  • Kobayashi Farm's Sakura
  • Kioroshi Park Monument
  • Tone River Morning Fog
  • Cosmos Bridge Evening Scenery

Notable people from Inzai[edit]

External links[edit]