Izu City Hall
Location of Izu in Shizuoka Prefecture
|• Total||363.97 km2 (140.53 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2015)|
|• Density||85.9/km2 (222/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Tree||Quercus acutissima|
|• Bird||Green pheasant|
|Address||Kodachino 38-2, Izu-shi, Shizuoka-ken 410-2413|
Izu is located in the north-central portion of Izu Peninsula, and includes most of the Amagi Mountains. The region is hilly and some 80% of the city area is covered by forest. The Kano River runs through the city, which has a short coastline to the west on Suruga Bay of the Pacific Ocean. The area has numerous hot springs. Warmed by the warm Kuroshio Current, the area enjoys a warm maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.
During the Edo period, most of Izu Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate, although portions near modern Shuzenji were under the control of the Ōkubo clan of Ogino-Yamanaka Domain. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was reorganized into several villages under Kimisawa District, Shizuoka Prefecture. Kimisawa District merged with Tagata District in 1896.
The modern city of Izu was established on April 1, 2004, by the merger of the towns of Shuzenji, Toi, Nakaizu and Amagiyugashima (all from Tagata District).
The economy of the city of Izu is centered on tourism (primarily hot spring resorts), farming/forestry and commercial fishing. Izu is noted for its production of wasabi and shiitake. During the Edo period, the area was also known for its production of gold and other ores; however, the last commercial mining operations were closed in the 1960s.
Izu has seven elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools.
Sister city relations
- – Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, from August 18, 2005
- – Hope, British Columbia, Canada, from August 18, 2005
- – Minamiminowa, Nagano, Japan, from February 25, 1991
Notable people from Izu
- Naoko Ken – singer, actress
- Yurika Hase (Yurika Ochiai) – voice actress
- Sōsuke Kaise – manga artist
- Hon'inbō Shūwa – professional go player
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