Mitsutoge Station in Nishikatsura
Location of Nishikatsura in Yamanashi Prefecture
|• Total||15.18 km2 (5.86 sq mi)|
|Population (July 1, 2012)|
|• Density||293/km2 (760/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Red Pine|
|- Bird||Japanese Tit|
|Address||1501 Onuma Nishikatsura-chō Minimitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 403-0022|
Nishikatsura (西桂町 Nishikatsura-chō ?) is a town located in Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of July 2012, the town had an estimated population of 4,451 and a population density of 293 persons per km². The total area was 15.18 km².
Nishikatsura is situated in the Katsura River valley in southern Yamanashi Prefecture, near the northern foot of Mount Fuji, and is the departure point for climbs of Mount Mitsutoge, which affords unhindered views of Mount Fuji. The area is also famous for pure, clean water.
The area around modern Nishikatsura has been settled since prehistoric times, and developed from the Sengoku period, as a hamlet on the pilgrimage route to Mount Fuji. During the Edo period, all of Kai Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in July 1, 1889, the village of Katsura was created within Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture. It was renamed Nishikatsura on June 3, 1893 after expansion through annexation of portions of neighboring villages, and was raised to town status on September 15, 1952.
Nishikatsura is home to numerous small textile plants, which manufacture neckties and umbrellas.
Noted people from Nishikatsura
- Yangji Lee – writer
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