Kujūkuri Town hall
Location of Kujūkuri in Chiba Prefecture
|• Total||23.72 km2 (9.16 sq mi)|
|Population (April 2012)|
|• Density||736/km2 (1,910/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese Black Pine|
|- Bird||Kentish Plover|
|Address||4099 Katagai, Kujūkuri-machi, Sanbu-gun, Chiba-ken 283-0195|
|Website||Town of Kujūkuri|
Kujūkuri (九十九里町 Kujūkuri-machi?) is a town located in Sanbu District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2012, the town had an estimated population of 17,466 and a population density of 736 persons per km². The total area was 23.72 km².
Kujūkuri owes its name to its beach, Kujūkuri Beach, which is Japan's second longest. The word "Kujūkuri" roughly translates to mean "ninety-nine ri", with "kujūku" meaning "ninety-nine" and "ri" being an old unit of measurement equating to approximately 600 meters.
Kujūkuri was established on March 31, 1955.
Commercial fishing and food processing (particularly sardine processing) remain the primary industries of Kujūkuri, although the town is primarily known as a beach resort, from its seaside location and mild climate, and attracts more than million tourists each year. Kujūkuri and surrounding towns are also popular surfing destinations. Efforts are underway to raise its profile including the establishment of the Tōgane Kujūkuri Toll Road to improve the town's accessibility and the opening of the Kujūkuri Sardine Museum as a point of cultural interest.
Despite its popularity as a beach resort, Kujūkuri is not served by either railway or highway connections.
Sister city relations
- Kamiichi, Toyama since July 1965
Noted people from Kujūkuri
- Inō Tadataka – Edo period mapmaker
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