Matsuzaki, Shizuoka

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Matsuzaki
松崎町
Town
Namakokabe-style house typical of Matsuzaki
Namakokabe-style house typical of Matsuzaki
Flag of Matsuzaki
Flag
Official seal of Matsuzaki
Seal
Location of Matsuzaki in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Matsuzaki in Shizuoka Prefecture
Matsuzaki is located in Japan
Matsuzaki
Matsuzaki
 
Coordinates: 34°45′N 138°47′E / 34.750°N 138.783°E / 34.750; 138.783Coordinates: 34°45′N 138°47′E / 34.750°N 138.783°E / 34.750; 138.783
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Tōkai
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
District Kamo
Area
 • Total 85.23 km2 (32.91 sq mi)
Population (September 2014)
 • Total 6,951
 • Density 81.5/km2 (211/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Farfugium
Phone number 0558-42-1111
Address 301-1 Miyauchi, Matsuzaki-chō, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka-ken 410-3696
Website Town of Matsuzaki HP

Matsuzaki (松崎町 Matsuzaki-chō?) is a town located in on the southwest coast of Izu Peninsula in Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

As of September 2014, the town had an estimated population of 6,951 and a population density of 81.5 persons per km². The total area was 85.23 km². Sakuramochi is a noted local specialty.

Geography[edit]

Matsuzaki is located on the southwest coast of Izu Peninsula, facing Suruga Bay on the Pacific Ocean. It is a hilly region with an indented ria coastline. The area has numerous hot springs. Warmed by the warm Kuroshio Current, the area enjoys a warm maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters. Parts of the town are within the borders of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

During the Edo period, all of Izu Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate, and the area now comprising Matsuzaki Town consisted of 21 villages. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was divided into 11 villages within Kamo District, and 10 villages within Naka District. After the abolishment of Naka District, all 21 villages were reunited under Kamo District. Matsuzaki Village was elevated to town status in 1901. The town annexed neighboring Nakagawa Village in 1955 and Iwashina Villae in 1956.

Around March 31, 2010, the city of Shimoda and three municipalities in Kamo District (Kawazu, Matsuzaki, and Minamiizu) were scheduled to merge.[1] However, the merger backed out.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Matsuzaki is dominated by commercial fishing, forestry and the tourist industry centered around hot spring resorts. Some 64% of the area is forest.

Transportation[edit]

Matsuzaki is served by Japan National Route 136. The town does not have any railway connections.

Noted people from Matsuzaki[edit]

  • Irie Chōhachi - artist
  • Kondō Heisaburō - pharmacologist
  • Yoda Benzō - Hokkaido pioneer
  • Rentarō Mikuni - actor

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Matsuzaki, Shizuoka at Wikimedia Commons