Yoshida Town hall
Location of Yoshida in Shizuoka Prefecture
|• Total||20.84 km2 (8.05 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2012)|
|• Density||1,430/km2 (3,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||87 Sumiyoshi, Yoshida-chō, Haibara-gun, Shizuoka-ken 421-0395|
|Website||Town of Yoshida HP|
Yoshida (吉田町 Yoshida-chō?) is a town located in Haibara District, southern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2012, the town has an estimated population of 29,883 and a population density of 1430 persons per km². The total area was 20.84 km².
Yoshida is located on the coastal plains of southwest Shizuoka Prefecture, facing Suruga Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The Ōi River passes to the west of town. Warmed by the Kuroshio Current, the area enjoys a temperate maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.
Located in former Tōtōmi Province, Yokosuka was a castle town in the Sengoku period, with Koyama castle built by the Takeda clan in 1568. The castle was destroyed by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1582 and never rebuilt, although the town continued to prosper during the Edo period as a regional commercial center due to its proximity to the Tōkaidō. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was reorganized into Yoshida Village from the merger of 6 pre-Meiji hamlets. It was elevated to town status on April 1, 1889.
Yoshida has a mixed economy based on agriculture, commercial fishing and light industry. Local specialities include eel, melons and iceberg lettuce. Several industries are located along the Tōmei Expressway, which passes through the town. These include Fujifilm, AGC Technologies, Sony and Kurita Kogyo.
Sister city relations
Yoshida had formerly established sister city relations with other cities of the same name around Japan. All of these cities have now been merged into other cities and no longer exist as independent municipalities.
- Yoshida (Saitama Prefecture) - (Became a sister city in 1995) (Now the city of Chichibu)
- Yoshida (Niigata Prefecture) - (Became a sister city in 1995) (Now the city of Tsubame)
- Yoshida (Hiroshima Prefecture) - (Became a sister city in 1995) (Now the city of Akitakata)
- Yoshida (Ehime Prefecture) - (Became a sister city in 1995) (Now the city of Uwajima)
- Yoshida (Kagoshima Prefecture) - (Became a sister city in 1995) (Now the city of Kagoshima)
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