Shirako, Chiba

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Shirako
白子町
Town
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Flag of Shirako
Flag
Official seal of Shirako
Seal
Location of Shirako in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Shirako in Chiba Prefecture
Shirako is located in Japan
Shirako
Shirako
 
Coordinates: 35°27′N 140°22′E / 35.450°N 140.367°E / 35.450; 140.367Coordinates: 35°27′N 140°22′E / 35.450°N 140.367°E / 35.450; 140.367
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
District Chōsei
Area
 • Total 27.46 km2 (10.60 sq mi)
Population (April 2012)
 • Total 11,852
 • Density 432/km2 (1,120/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese black pine
- Flower Sunflower
Phone number 0475-33-2111
Address 5074-2 Seki, Shirako-machi, Chōsei -gun, Chiba-ken 299-4292
Website Town of Shirako HP
"Shirako" redirects here. For the Japanese cuisine item named "shirako", see milt.

Shirako (白子町 Shirako-machi?) is a town located in Chōsei District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of 2010 data, the town had an estimated population of 11,852 and a population density of 432 persons per km². The total area was 27.46 km².

Geography[edit]

Shirako is located on the Pacific coast of central Bōsō Peninsula, encompassing the area of the popular Kujukuri Beach . The area has a warm maritime climate with hot summers and mild winters.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Shirako had numerous fishing hamlets during the Edo period. It was incorporated into Chōsei District after the Meiji period cadastral reforms. The modern town of Shirako was created on February 11, 1955 from the merger of the town of Shirakata with neighboring villages of Seki and Nabaki. The name “Shirako” was adopted from a local Shinto shrine named Shirako Jinja, which claims to have been founded in the Heian period.

Economy[edit]

The primary industry of Shirako has traditionally been commercial fishing, however, the tourist and resort industry now dominates the local economy.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Shirako is not serviced by train.

Highway[edit]

  • Kujukuri Toll Road

External links[edit]