Hayama Town Hall
Location of Hayama in Kanagawa Prefecture
|• Total||17.06 km2 (6.59 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2012)|
|• Density||1,920/km2 (5,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Japanese black pine|
|• Bird||Japanese bush-warbler|
|Address||2135 Horinouchi, Hayama-machi, Miura-gun, Kanagawa-ken
|Website||Town of Hayama|
Hayama (葉山町 Hayama-machi) is a town located in Miura District, Kanagawa Prefecture, on central Honshū, Japan. As of June 2012, the town had an estimated population of 32,835 and a density of 1,920 per km2. The total area was 17.06 km2. Since 1894, the Japanese Imperial Family has maintained a residence in Hayama, the seaside Hayama Imperial Villa.
During the Edo period, all of eastern Sagami Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate, and administered by various hatamoto. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was reorganized into Hayama village through the merger of six hamlets. It was elevated to town status in 1925.
Despite its lack of rail connections, Hayama is now primarily a bedroom community for Tokyo and Yokohama, and due to its mild climate, a popular resort area with a marina. Agricultural produce includes shiitake mushrooms, and a brand of beef known as "Hayama-gyu".
A long time getaway for Tokyo's upper classes, Hayama has developed a reputation for being popular with actors and wealthy expats.
Hayama is served by Japan National Route 134 highway. The town has no rail service. Instead, people use Yokosuka Line Zushi Station or Keikyū Main Line Shin-Zushi Station, the nearest stations located at the next town.
Sister city relations
- - Kusatsu, Gunma, since March, 1969
- - Holdfast Bay, South Australia (Australia) since 1997; November 18, 2009 Holdfast Bay wrote a letter signed by their Deputy Mayor admonishing Hayama for Japan's whaling in the Southern Ocean.
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