Namakokabe-style house typical of Matsuzaki
Location of Matsuzaki in Shizuoka Prefecture
|• Total||85.23 km2 (32.91 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2014)|
|• Density||81.5/km2 (211/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||301-1 Miyauchi, Matsuzaki-chō, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka-ken 410-3696|
|Website||Town of Matsuzaki HP|
Matsuzaki is located on the southwest coast of Izu Peninsula, facing Suruga Bay on the Pacific Ocean. It is a hilly region with an indented ria coastline. 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. Parts of the town are within the borders of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
During the Edo period, all of Izu Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate, and the area now comprising Matsuzaki Town consisted of 21 villages. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was divided into 11 villages within Kamo District, and 10 villages within Naka District. After the abolishment of Naka District, all 21 villages were reunited under Kamo District. Matsuzaki Village was elevated to town status in 1901. The town annexed neighboring Nakagawa Village in 1955 and Iwashina Village in 1956.
Matsuzaki is served by Japan National Route 136. The town does not have any railway connections.
Notable people from Matsuzaki
- Irie Chōhachi - artist
- Kondō Heisaburō - pharmacologist
- Yoda Benzō - Hokkaido pioneer
- Rentarō Mikuni - actor
Media related to Matsuzaki, Shizuoka at Wikimedia Commons
- Matsuzaki official website (Japanese)