Minamiizu

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Minamiizu
南伊豆町
Town
Cape Irōzaki in Minamiizu
Cape Irōzaki in Minamiizu
Flag of Minamiizu
Flag
Location of Minamiizu in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Minamiizu in Shizuoka Prefecture
Minamiizu is located in Japan
Minamiizu
Minamiizu
 
Coordinates: 34°39′N 138°52′E / 34.650°N 138.867°E / 34.650; 138.867Coordinates: 34°39′N 138°52′E / 34.650°N 138.867°E / 34.650; 138.867
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Tōkai
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
District Kamo
Area
 • Total 110.58 km2 (42.70 sq mi)
Population (June 2012)
 • Total 9,198
 • Density 83.2/km2 (215/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Phone number 0558-62-1111
Address 328-2 Shimokamo, Minamiizu-chō, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka-ken 415-0303
Website Town of Minamiizu HP

Minamiizu (南伊豆町 Minamiizu-chō?) is a town located at the southern tip of Izu Peninsula in Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 2012, the town has an estimated population of 9,198 and a population density of 83.2 persons per km². The total area is 110.58 km².

Geography[edit]

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.

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 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.

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]

Tourism based on water sports and the hot spring industry, commercial fishing and farming are mainstays of the local economy.

Transportation[edit]

Minamiizu is served by Japan National Route 136. The town does not have any rail connections.

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