Manazuru Town Hall
Location of Manazuru in Kanagawa Prefecture
|• Total||7.02 km2 (2.71 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2012)|
|• Density||1,130/km2 (2,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Cinnamomum camphora|
|- Flower||Crinum asiaticum|
|- Bird||Blue Rock-thrush|
|Address||244-1 Iwa, Manazuru-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
|Website||Town of Manazuru|
Manazuru (真鶴町 Manazuru-machi?) is a town located in Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. As of June 1 2012, the town had an estimated population of 7,926 and a population density of 1,130 persons per km². The total area was 7.02 km².
Manazuru is located on a small Manazuru peninsula on Sagami Bay in the far southwestern corner of Kanagawa Prefecture.
As with the rest of Ashigarashimo District, the area now comprising modern Manazuru was part of Sagami Province under control of the late Hōjō clan in the Sengoku period, and part of Odawara Domain during the Edo period. During this time, it was known for high quality stones for construction. After the Meiji Restoration, Manazuru was established as a village in 1889. On October 1, 1927 Manazuru village was elevated to town status. On September 30, 1956, neighboring Iwa village was merged into Manazuru. A proposal to merge Manazuru into neighboring Yugawara was overwhelmingly rejected by a citizen's referendum in 2005.
The economy of Manazuru is based on tourism, and it also functions as a bedroom community for nearby Odawara. The hilly, stony peninsula is not suited for agriculture, but cultivation of mikan as well as commercial fishing also contribute to the local economy.
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