Nirayama, Shizuoka

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Former municipality
Nirayama is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°03′12″N 138°56′44″E / 35.05326°N 138.94552°E / 35.05326; 138.94552Coordinates: 35°03′12″N 138°56′44″E / 35.05326°N 138.94552°E / 35.05326; 138.94552
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
District Tagata
Merged April 1, 2005
(now part of Izunokuni)
 • Total 34.63 km2 (13.37 sq mi)
Population (March 1, 2005)
 • Total 19,602
 • Density 566/km2 (1,470/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Nirayama (韮山町, Nirayama-chō) was a town located in Tagata District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

As of March 1, 2005, the town had an estimated population of 19,602 and a density of 566 persons per km². The total area was 34.63 km².

On April 1, 2005, Nirayama, along with the towns of Izunagaoka and Ōhito (all from Tagata District), was merged to create the city of Izunokuni and thus it no longer exists as an independent municipality.

During the Kamakura and Muromachi period, Niirayama was the site of a castle belonging to the Hōjō clan, and the late Hōjō clan. During the Edo period, it was the location of the daikansho offices of the Tokugawa shogunate controlling Izu Province.

Famous for its strawberry crop, Nirayama sees many visitors from bigger cities (such as Tokyo) coming for seasonal picking and the picturesque views of Mount Fuji.

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