Shimizu, Shizuoka

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Shimizu
清水町
Town
Kano River in Shimizu Town
Kano River in Shimizu Town
Flag of Shimizu
Flag
Location of Shimizu Town in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Shimizu Town in Shizuoka Prefecture
Shimizu is located in Japan
Shimizu
Shimizu
 
Coordinates: 35°6′N 138°54′E / 35.100°N 138.900°E / 35.100; 138.900Coordinates: 35°6′N 138°54′E / 35.100°N 138.900°E / 35.100; 138.900
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Tōkai
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
District Suntō
Area
 • Total 8.84 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Population (June 2012)
 • Total 32,410
 • Density 3,670/km2 (9,500/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Castanopsis
- Flower Chrysanthemum
- Bird Common Kingfisher
Phone number 055-973-1111
Address 210-1 Dōniwa, Shimizu-chō, Suntō-gun, Shizuoka-ken 411-8650
Website Town of Shimizu

Shimizu (清水町 Shimizu-chō?) is a town in Suntō District of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2012, the town has an estimated population of 32,410 and a population density of 3,670 persons per km2. The total area is 8.84 km2.

Geography[edit]

Shimizu is located at the northern end of Izu Peninsula. The Kakita River flows through the town. The area has a temperate maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

Shimizu is located in the far eastern portion of former Suruga Province, and was largely tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Edo period. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was reorganized into the village of Shimizu within Suntō District, Shizuoka through the merger of 11 small hamlets.

An Imperial decree in July 1899 established Shimizu as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.[1]

Shimizu attained town status in 1963. There have been numerous attempts to merge Shimizu into neighboring Numazu (1966, 1967, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007).

Economy[edit]

The economy of Shimizu is largely based on agriculture. The town also serves as a bedroom community for the industrial zones in neighboring Numazu and Mishima.

Transportation[edit]

Japan National Route 1 passes through Shimizu. The town does not have any rail connections.

Sister City relations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ US Department of State. (1906). A digest of international law as embodied in diplomatic discussions, treaties and other international agreements (John Bassett Moore, ed.), Vol. 5, p. 759.

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