Uozu, Toyama

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Uozu
魚津市
City
Top-Tateyama Mountains1st row: Tatemon Festival, Ariso Dome2nd row:Mirage Land, Buried Forest3rd row:Uozu Aquarium, Uozu Stationbottom:Mirage
Top-Tateyama Mountains
1st row: Tatemon Festival, Ariso Dome
2nd row:Mirage Land, Buried Forest
3rd row:Uozu Aquarium, Uozu Station
bottom:Mirage
Flag of  Uozu
Flag
Official seal of  Uozu
Seal
Location of Uozu in Toyama Prefecture
Location of Uozu in Toyama Prefecture
 Uozu is located in Japan
 Uozu
Uozu
 
Coordinates: 36°49′38.3″N 137°24′33″E / 36.827306°N 137.40917°E / 36.827306; 137.40917Coordinates: 36°49′38.3″N 137°24′33″E / 36.827306°N 137.40917°E / 36.827306; 137.40917
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
Prefecture Toyama
Area
 • Total 200.61 km2 (77.46 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2016)
 • Total 42,556
 • Density 212/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Pinus
• Flower Lilium speciosum, Azalea
Phone number 0765-23-1067
Address 1-10-1 Shakadō, Uozu-shi, Toyama-ken 937-8555
Website www.city.uozu.toyama.jp
Tatemon Festival, one of the famous festivals in Toyama Prefecture
view from Uozu station

Uozu (魚津市, Uozu-shi) is a city in the eastern part of Toyama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2016, the city had an estimated population of 42,556 and a population density of 212 persons per km². Its total area was 200.61 square kilometres (77.46 sq mi).[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Uozu lies in between Namerikawa and Kurobe, stretching from Toyama Bay and the Sea of Japan in the northwest to tall mountain ranges in the southeast. The highest mountains in Uozu are Sougadake and Kekachiyama, and the highest elevation in Uozu is 2,414 m. Several rapid rivers run through Uozu; from east to west, they are the Fuse River, the Katakai River, the Kado River, and the Hayatsuki River.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Uotsu was part of ancient Etchu Province and has been inhabited since at least the Jomon period. Discovery of gold in the mountains of Uozu around 1394 led to an influx of people, making the area around Matsukura Castle a center for the region. Later, when Matsukura Castle was destroyed, the center was reestablished around Uozu Castle close to the sea. In 1582, the Siege of Uozu occurred between forces allied to the Uesugi clan, and forces under Oda Nobunaga. Uozu Castle was captured by Oda forces only three days before Oda's assassination at the Honnō-ji incident.

Under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate, Uozu was part of Kaga Domain ruled by the Maeda clan. The modern town of Uozu was established with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The Taisho rice riots of 1918 began at Uozu before spreading across the country. Most of the western portion of the town was destroyed in a fire in 1943, but the town escaped damage in World War II.

Uozu was raised to city status on April 1, 1952. In September 1956, a great fire ravished many buildings in Uozu. As result, the Uozu represent a rare instance of a Dispersed settlement in Japan.

Education[edit]

Uozu has ten public elementary schools and two public junior high schools operated by the town government, and three public high schools operated by the Toyama Prefectural Board of Education. There is also one private high school.[citation needed]

Transportation[edit]

Uozu is located 3 hours by rail and 4.5 hours by car from Tokyo. Since March 2015, rail access is possible via Hokuriku Shinkansen high-speed train from nearby rail hub of Toyama. Uozu is served by two train lines, the Toyama Chihō Railway Main Line and the Ainokaze Toyama Railway line, running together from Uozu Station westward and separating eastward.

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister City relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Uozu's Three Mysteries[edit]

Mirages[edit]

The waters of Toyama Bay are noted for mirages, especially during spring and winter. The spring mirage for which Uozu is famous for may be seen on warm, sunny, windless days from April to June. The Mirage Land Amusement Park (ミラージュランド) with its large Ferris wheel is a popular location for observation of the phenomena.

Firefly Squid[edit]

In the early morning hours, from the end of March to the beginning of June, female firefly squid (ホタルイカ, hotaruika) rise to the surface to spawn. Their name comes from a bluish white glow which emanates from various points on their bodies.

The Buried Forest[edit]

Approximately 2000 years ago, a primeval sugi (Cryptomeria) forest along the coast was partially buried so that only the trunks were preserved. The area is a National Natural Monument, and there is a museum in Uotsu where examples can be seen.

Other[edit]

Other noteworthy sightseeing destinations in Uozu include the Uozu Aquarium, Kintaro Hot Springs (金太郎温泉), Ariso Dome Gymnasium, Niikawa Culture Hall, the Uozu Historical Folk Museum, Lake Ikejiri, Hirazawa Waterfalls and site of Matsukura Castle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

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