Cape Irōzaki in Minamiizu
Location of Minamiizu in Shizuoka Prefecture
|• Total||110.58 km2 (42.70 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2012)|
|• Density||83.2/km2 (215/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||328-2 Shimokamo, Minamiizu-chō, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka-ken 415-0303|
|Website||Town of Minamiizu HP|
Minamiizu occupies the southern tip of Izu Peninsula, a hilly region with an indented ria coastline facing the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean. 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, and the historic Irōzaki Lighthouse is located at the tip of Cape Irōzaki, to the south of town.
During the Edo period, all of Izu Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate, and the area now comprising Minamiizu Town consisted of 25 villages. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was reorganized into six villages (Minamizaka, Minaminaka, Minamikami, Mizaka, Mihama and Chikuma) within Kamo District. The town of Minamiizu was formed in July 1955 through the merger of these six villages.
Minamiizu is served by Japan National Route 136. The town does not have any rail connections.
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