Miura District, Kanagawa

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Map of Miura District with Meiji period area in yellow, modern area in green

1 - Hayama

Miura District (三浦郡 Miura-gun?) is a district located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2009, the district has an estimated population of 32,333 and a density of 1,900 persons per km². The total area is 17.06 km².

It currently consists of only one town, Hayama. The cities of Yokosuka, Zushi and Miura were formerly part of Miura District.

Towns and villages[edit]

History[edit]

Historic Map of Miura District

Miura District was one of the ancient subdivisions of Sagami Province, covering all of Miura Peninsula. It was under the control of the Miura clan from the late Heian period through the Sengoku period, and was held as tenryo territory administered by the Shogun under the Tokugawa Shogunate of the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was established as a district under the cadastral reform of 1878, with a district office built near what is now Shioiri Station.

Timeline[edit]

  • On April 1, 1889 Miura District was divided into the following municipalities under the Meiji :
    • three towns (Yokosuka, Uraga and Misaki)
    • 12 villages (Toyoshima, Kinugasa, Urago, Kurihama, Nagai, Takeyama, Kitashitaura, Nakanishiura, Tagoe, Hayama, Minamishitaura and Hasse).
  • On October 1, 1903, Toyoshima Village was promoted town status, but was absorbed into the town of Yokosuka on December 15, 1906 (which Yokosuka was promoted city status on February 15, 1907).
  • On July 1, 1911, Nakanishiura Village was renamed as the village of Nishiura.
  • On June 1, 1914, Urago Village was promoted town status and was renamed as the town of Taura.
  • On April 1, 1924, Tagoe Village was promoted town status and was renamed as the town of Zushi.
  • On January 1, 1925, Hayama Village was promoted town status.
  • On February 2, 1925, Nagai Village was promoted town status.
  • On February 15, 1933, Kinugasa Village was absorbed into the city of Yokosuka.
  • On April 1, 1933, Taura Town was absorbed into the city of Yokosuka.
  • On July 1, 1935, Nishiura Village was promoted town status and was renamed as the town of Okusu.
  • On April 1, 1937, Kuriham Village was absorbed into the city of Yokosuka.
  • On April 1, 1940, Minamishtaura Village was promoted town status.
  • However, in 1943, Yokosuka expanded greatly by absorbing the towns of Uraga, Zushi, Nagai and Okusu and the two neighboring villages of Takeyama and Kitashitaura.
  • On July 1, 1950, Zushi was separated from Yokosuka (becoming an independent municipality once again; which was promoted city status on July 1, 1954).
  • On January 1, 1955, Minamishitaura Town, Misaki Town and Hasse Village merged to form the city of Miura.

As of 2009, this leaves only the town of Hayama as the sole remaining portion of Miura District.

Merger table[edit]

before 1889 April 1, 1889 1889 - 1926 1926 - 1944 1945 - 1954 1955 - 1989 1989 - present present
  Yokosuka Town February 15, 1907
Yokosuka City
Yokosuka City Yokosuka City Yokosuka City Yokosuka City Yokosuka City
Toyoshima Village October 1, 1903
Toyoshima Town
December 15, 1906
merged with Yokosuka town
Kinugasa Village Kinugasa Village February 15, 1933
merged with Yokosuka City
Urago Village June 1, 1914
Taura Town
April 1, 1933
merged with Yokosuka City
Kurihama Village Kurihama Village April 1, 1937
merged with Yokosuka City
Uraga Town Uraga Town April 1, 1943
merged with Yokosuka City
Nagai Village February 2, 1925
Nagai Town
Takeyama Village Takeyama Village
Kitashitaura Village Kitashitaura Village
Nakanishiura Village July 1, 1911
Nishiura Village
July 1, 1935
Okusu Village
April 1, 1943
merged with Yokosuka City
Tagoe Village April 1, 1924
Zushi Town
April 1, 1943
merged with Yokosuka City
July 1, 1950
Zushi Town
April 1, 1954
Zushi City
Zushi City Zushi City Zushi City
Hayama Village January 1, 1925
Hayama Town
Hayama Town Hayama Town Hayama Town Hayama Town Hayama Town
Misaki Town Misaki Town Misaki Town Misaki Town January 1, 1955
Miura City
Miura City Miura City
Minamishitaura Village Minamishitaura Village April 1, 1940
Minamishitaura Town
Minamishitaura Town
Hasse Village Hasse Village Hasse Village Hasse Village

Coordinates: 35°16′02″N 139°36′14″E / 35.26722°N 139.60389°E / 35.26722; 139.60389