Location of Shirahama in Chiba Prefecture
|Merged||March 20, 2006
(now part of Minamibōsō)
|• Total||17.07 km2 (6.59 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2004)|
|• Density||353/km2 (910/sq mi)|
|• Flower||Crinum asiaticum|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
Shirahama was located at very southern end of Chiba Prefecture, at the southern extremity of Bōsō Peninsula, facing the Pacific Ocean. The town had a temperate maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.
Shirahama Village was created on April 1, 1889 within Asai District, which became part of Awa District from April 1, 1897. It became a town on April 1, 1933.
Prior to the merger, Shirahama was known as Shirahama-machi in Japanese. Subsequently, it has become known as Shirahama-cho. Both "machi" and "cho" are written the same way in Japanese, but the different pronunciations convey the information that Shirahama is now a neighborhood within Minamibōsō rather than its own municipality.
- Minamibōsō official website (Japanese)
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