Yoshida, Shizuoka

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This article is about the town in Shizuoka, Japan. There are towns, all now dissolved, with the same name (吉田町) in four other prefectures in Japan, see Yoshida, Ehime, Yoshida, Kagoshima, Yoshida, Niigata, Yoshida, Saitama, Yoshida, Hiroshima.
Yoshida
吉田町
Town
Yoshida Town hall
Yoshida Town hall
Flag of Yoshida
Flag
Official seal of Yoshida
Seal
Location of Yoshida in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Yoshida in Shizuoka Prefecture
Yoshida is located in Japan
Yoshida
Yoshida
 
Coordinates: 34°46′N 138°15′E / 34.767°N 138.250°E / 34.767; 138.250Coordinates: 34°46′N 138°15′E / 34.767°N 138.250°E / 34.767; 138.250
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Tōkai
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
District Haibara
Area
 • Total 20.84 km2 (8.05 sq mi)
Population (September 2014)
 • Total 29,117
 • Density 1,400/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Chrysanthemum
Phone number 548-33-1111
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 September 2014, the town har an estimated population of 29,117 and a population density of 1400 persons per km². The total area was 20.84 km².

Geography[edit]

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.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

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.

Economy[edit]

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.

Transportation[edit]

Yoshida has an interchange on the Tōmei Expressway and is also serviced by Japan National Route 150. The town has no rail connections.

Sister city relations[edit]

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.

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