Shimizu, Shizuoka

Summary

Shimizu (清水町, Shimizu-chō) is a town in Suntō District of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 August 2019, the town had an estimated population of 32,453 in 14058 households,[1] and a population density of 3,700 persons per km2. The total area of the town was 8.81 square kilometres (3.40 sq mi).

Shimizu
清水町
Kano River in Shimizu Town
Kano River in Shimizu Town
Flag of Shimizu
Official seal of Shimizu
Location of Shimizu Town in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Shimizu Town in Shizuoka Prefecture
Shimizu is located in Japan
Shimizu
Shimizu
 
Coordinates: 35°5′56.4″N 138°54′10.3″E / 35.099000°N 138.902861°E / 35.099000; 138.902861Coordinates: 35°5′56.4″N 138°54′10.3″E / 35.099000°N 138.902861°E / 35.099000; 138.902861
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu
Tōkai
PrefectureShizuoka
DistrictSuntō
Area
 • Total8.81 km2 (3.40 sq mi)
Population
 (August 2019)
 • Total32,453
 • Density3,700/km2 (9,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
• TreeCastanopsis
• FlowerChrysanthemum
• BirdCommon kingfisher
Phone number055-973-1111
Address210-1 Dōniwa, Shimizu-chō, Suntō-gun, Shizuoka-ken 411-8650
WebsiteOfficial website
Shimizu Town Hall

GeographyEdit

Shimizu is located at the northern end of Izu Peninsula. Both the Kakita River and the Kano River flow through the town. The area has a temperate maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Shimizu has been increasing over the past 70 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1940 6,033—    
1950 8,859+46.8%
1960 10,841+22.4%
1970 21,036+94.0%
1980 26,408+25.5%
1990 27,755+5.1%
2000 30,870+11.2%
2010 32,304+4.6%

ClimateEdit

The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Shimizu is 15.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1925 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.6 °C, and lowest in January, at around 5.8 °C.[3]

HistoryEdit

Shimizu is located in the far eastern portion of former Suruga Province, and was largely tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Edo period. With the establishment of the modern municipalities system of the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was reorganized into the village of Shimizu within Suntō District, Shizuoka through the merger of 11 small hamlets.

Shimizu attained town status in 1963. There have been numerous unsuccessful attempts to merge Shimizu into neighboring Numazu (1966, 1967, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007).

EconomyEdit

The economy of Shimizu is largely based on agriculture. The town also serves as a bedroom community for the industrial zones in neighboring Numazu and Mishima.

EducationEdit

Shimizu has three public elementary schools and two public junior high schools operated by the town government. The town has one public high school operated by the Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

Shimizu does not have any passenger railway service.

HighwayEdit

Sister citiesEdit

Notable people from Shimizu, ShizuokaEdit

Local attractionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Shimizu Town official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Shimizu population statistics
  3. ^ Shimizu climate data
  4. ^ "City Exchange". Miaoli City Office. 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015.

External linksEdit

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  •   Geographic data related to Shimizu, Shizuoka at OpenStreetMap

  Media related to Shimizu, Shizuoka at Wikimedia Commons