Shirako

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Shirako
白子町
Town
Shirako, Chiba1.jpg
Flag of Shirako
Flag
Official seal of Shirako
Seal
Location of Shirako in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Shirako in Chiba Prefecture
Shirako is located in Japan
Shirako
Shirako
 
Coordinates: 35°27′N 140°22′E / 35.450°N 140.367°E / 35.450; 140.367Coordinates: 35°27′N 140°22′E / 35.450°N 140.367°E / 35.450; 140.367
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureChiba Prefecture
DistrictChōsei
Area
 • Total27.46 km2 (10.60 sq mi)
Population (April 2012)
 • Total11,852
 • Density432/km2 (1,120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeJapanese black pine
- FlowerSunflower
Phone number0475-33-2111
Address5074-2 Seki, Shirako-machi, Chōsei -gun, Chiba-ken 299-4292
Websitehttp://www.town.shirako.lg.jp/

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.

Geography[edit]

Shirako is located on the Pacific coast of central Bōsō Peninsula, encompassing the area of the popular Kujukuri Beach. The area has a warm maritime climate with hot summers and mild winters.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

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.

Economy[edit]

The primary industry of Shirako has traditionally been commercial fishing, however, the tourist and resort industry now dominates the local economy.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Shirako is not serviced by train.

Highway[edit]

  • Kujukuri Toll Road

External links[edit]