Kanbara, Shizuoka

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Kanbara
蒲原町
Former municipality
Location of Kanbara in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Kanbara in Shizuoka Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
District Ihara
Merged March 31, 2006
(now part of Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka)
Area
 • Total 14.69 km2 (5.67 sq mi)
Population (March 1, 2006)
 • Total 12,777
 • Density 870/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Pine
- Flower Rhododendron

Kanbara (蒲原町 Kanbara-chō?) was a town located in Ihara District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

As of March 1, 2006, the town had an estimated population of 12,777 and a density of 870 persons per km². The total area was 14.69 km².

On March 31, 2006, Kanbara was merged into the Shimizu-ku Ward of the expanded city of Shizuoka and thus no longer exists as an independent municipality.

During the Edo period, Kanbara developed as Kanbara-juku, a post station on the Tōkaidō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto. From the Meiji period onward, Kanbara became an industrial town in Shizuoka Prefecture, with aluminum smelters from Nippon Light Metals Company predominating.

The town was served by Kambara Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line railway and by an interchange on the Tōmei Expressway.