Fujioka, Gunma

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Fujioka
藤岡市
City
Fujioka city hall
Fujioka city hall
Flag of Fujioka
Flag
Official seal of Fujioka
Seal
Location of Fujioka in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Fujioka in Gunma Prefecture
Fujioka is located in Japan
Fujioka
Fujioka
 
Coordinates: 36°15′31.3″N 139°4′28.4″E / 36.258694°N 139.074556°E / 36.258694; 139.074556Coordinates: 36°15′31.3″N 139°4′28.4″E / 36.258694°N 139.074556°E / 36.258694; 139.074556
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Gunma Prefecture
Area
 • Total 180.29 km2 (69.61 sq mi)
Population (February 2015)
 • Total 66,165
 • Density 367/km2 (950/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Cinnamomum camphora, Sweet Osmanthus
- Flower Wisteria, Scarlet sage
Phone number 0274-22-1211
Address 327 Nakakurisu, Fujioka-shi, Gunma-ken 375-8601
Website Official website

Fujioka (藤岡市 Fujioka-shi?) is a city located in southwestern Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of February 2015, the city had an estimated population of 66,165 and a population density of 367 persons per km². Its total area was 180.29 km².

Geography[edit]

Fujioka is located in the southern portion of Gunma Prefecture, bordered by Saitama Prefecture to the south.

Mountains[edit]

  • Nishi-Mikaboyama (西御荷鉾山), 1246m
  • Higashi-Mikaboyama (東御荷鉾山) 1286m
  • Amefuriyama (雨降山)
  • Sakurayama (桜山), 591m
  • Takayama (高山)
  • Koshinyama (庚申山)

Rivers[edit]

  • Karasugawa
  • Kaburagawa (鏑川)
  • Ayugawa (鮎川)
  • Nukuigawa (温井川)
  • Kannagawa (神流川)
  • Sannagawa (三名川)
  • Sasagawa (笹川)

Lakes and marshes[edit]

  • Kannako (神流湖)
  • Sannako (三名湖)
  • Ayugawako (鮎川湖)
  • Takenuma (竹沼)

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

During the Edo period, the area of present-day Fujioka was part of the tenryō territory in Kōzuke Province under the direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. Fujioka and Onishi towns, and Kanna, Ono, Midori, Mikuri, Hirai, Hino, and Sanbagawa Village were created in Midorino District, Gunma Prefecture and Mihara village in Minamikanra District, Gunma Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. In 1896, Minamikanra District was united with Midorino District and Tago District to create Tano District. On April 1, 1954, Fujioka annexed Kanna, Ono, Midori and Mikuri villages and was elevated to city status. On March 1, 1955 Fujioka annexed neighboring Hirai and Sanbagawa villages. On January 1, 2006 Onishi Village was merged into Fujioka City.[1]

Economy[edit]

Education[edit]

There are three high schools, five junior high schools, and eleven elementary schools in Fujioka.

High schools[edit]

  • Fujioka Kita (群馬県立藤岡北高等学校)
  • Fujioka Kogyo (群馬県立藤岡工業高等学校)
  • Fujioka Chuo (群馬県立藤岡中央高等学校)

Middle schools[edit]

  • Fujioka Kita (藤岡市立北中学校)
  • Fujioka Higashi (藤岡市立東中学校)
  • Fujioka Nishi (藤岡市立西中学校)
  • Fujioka Ono (藤岡市立小野中学校)
  • Fujioka Onishi (藤岡市立鬼石中学校)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Fujioka Dai-ichi (藤岡第一小学校)
  • Fujioka Dai-ni (藤岡第二小学校)
  • Kanna (神流小学校)
  • Ono (小野小学校)
  • Midori (美土里小学校)
  • Mikuri Higashi (美九里東小学校)
  • Mikuri Nishi (美九里西小学校)
  • Hirai (平井小学校)
  • Hino (日野小学校)
  • Onishi Kita (鬼石北小学校)
  • Onishi (鬼石小学校)

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Expressways[edit]

Two expressways converge at the Fujioka Junction.

National highways[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Fujioka History Museum
  • Site of Hirai Castle
  • Site of Takayamasha Sericulture School
  • Shimokubo Dam
  • Shinsui Dam
  • Takenuma Dam

Annual Events[edit]

  • Fujioka Matsuri

The Fujioka Matsuri is a two-day summer festival which is typically held on a weekend in late July. The celebration, which takes place in central Fujioka, features food and entertainment stalls, a flea market, parade, and street dancing. There are many traditional events as well, such as taiko performances, mikoshi carrying, and the parading of Dashi floats through the streets.

  • Fuji Matsuri

The Fuji Matsuri (Wisteria Festival) is a spring festival which takes place at Koshinyama Park every year in late April/early May, to celebrate the blooming of the wisteria flowers. Numerous vendor stalls sell various local products, food, and flowers. The wisteria flowers are illuminated after sunset.

Noted people from Fujioka[edit]

Sister-city relations[edit]

Regina, Saskatchewan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 藤岡市・鬼石町合併協議会. 藤岡市ホームページ (in Japanese). June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Woxi government official home page". Sister Cities of Jiangyin. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Oregon Sister Relationships". [Economic and Community Development Department / Way Back Machine]. Archived from the original on 2005-03-13. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ "City Edition > August 2009". City of Bend. Retrieved 2009-08-07.  External link in |publisher= (help)[dead link]

External links[edit]

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