Location of Shirako in Chiba Prefecture
|• Total||27.46 km2 (10.60 sq mi)|
|Population (April 2012)|
|• Density||432/km2 (1,120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Japanese black pine|
|Address||5074-2 Seki, Shirako-machi, Chōsei -gun, Chiba-ken 299-4292|
Shirako (白子町 Shirako-machi) is a town located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of 2010 data, the town had an estimated population of 11,852, and a population density of 432 persons per km². The total area is 27.46 km².
The area of present-day Shirako had numerous fishing hamlets during the Edo period. It was incorporated into Chōsei District after the Meiji period cadastral reforms. The modern town of Shirako was created on February 11, 1955 from the merger of the town of Shirakata with neighboring villages of Seki and Nabaki. The name “Shirako” was adopted from a local Shinto shrine named Shirako Jinja, which claims to have been founded in the Heian period.
The primary industry of Shirako has traditionally been commercial fishing, however, the tourist and resort industry now dominates the local economy.
Shirako is not serviced by train.
- Kujukuri Toll Road
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