Dōshi Village Office
Location of Dōshi in Yamanashi Prefecture
|• Total||79.57 km2 (30.72 sq mi)|
|Population (July 1, 2012)|
|• Density||23.4/km2 (61/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Lilium auratum|
|Address||6181-1 Dōshi-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi 402-0209|
Dōshi (道志村 Dōshi-mura) is a village located in Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of July 2012, the village has an estimated population of 1,865 and a population density of 23.4 persons per km². The total area is 79.57 km².
Dōshi is located in the far southeastern corner of Yamanashi Prefecture, in the Tanzawa Mountains, which isolate it from the rest of the prefecture to the north and east. The village is mostly forest, and has numerous camp sites.
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 1889, the village of Dōshi was created within Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture. From 1897, the Dōshigawa River, which runs through the village, was designated as a primary source of water for the growing city of Yokohama, and from 1916 a large portion of the village land area was designated as a protected watershed. On June 12, 2003, 653 of the village residents signed a petition to be allowed the village to merge with the city of Yokohama. However, the petition was rejected by the Yamanashi Prefectural Assembly, citing complications over a cross-prefectural merger and issues with the village becoming an exclave of the Yokohama metropolis.
The economy of Dōshi is primarily based on forestry and agriculture.
Media related to Dōshi, Yamanashi at Wikimedia Commons
- Dōshi official website (in Japanese)