Fuefuki (笛吹市, Fuefuki-shi) is a city in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 March 2019, the city had an estimated population of 69,463 in 29,406 households,[1] and a population density of 340 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 201.92 square kilometres (77.96 sq mi).

Fuefuki City Hall
Fuefuki City Hall
Flag of Fuefuki
Official seal of Fuefuki
Location of Fuefuki in Yamanashi Prefecture
Location of Fuefuki in Yamanashi Prefecture
Fuefuki is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°38′50.3″N 138°38′23″E / 35.647306°N 138.63972°E / 35.647306; 138.63972Coordinates: 35°38′50.3″N 138°38′23″E / 35.647306°N 138.63972°E / 35.647306; 138.63972
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureYamanashi Prefecture
 • MayorMasanao Ogino (since November 2011)
 • Total201.92 km2 (77.96 sq mi)
 (March 31, 2019)
 • Total69,463
 • Density340/km2 (890/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreePeach
• FlowerRose
• BirdBlue-and-white flycatcher
Address777 Ichibu, Isawa-chō, Fuefuki-shi, Yamanashi-ken 406-8510
WebsiteOfficial website
Ichinomiya Asama Shrine


Fuefuki is located in central Yamanashi Prefecture at an average altitude of 261 meters.[1] Just over 58% of the area of the city is covered in forest. The Fuefuki River flows through the city.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

The following municipalities surrounding the city clockwise starting from Kōfu.


Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Fuefuki has remained relatively stable over the past 30 years.

Historical population
1940 49,960—    
1950 61,882+23.9%
1960 53,064−14.2%
1970 50,380−5.1%
1980 55,950+11.1%
1990 62,322+11.4%
2000 71,025+14.0%
2010 70,519−0.7%


The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Fuefuki is 10.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1524 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around -1.0 °C.[3]


Fuefuki was the center of ancient Kai Province and contains many burial mounds from the Kofun period. The ruins of the Kai Kokubun-ji, the Nara period provincial temple are also found within the city limits, as is the Ichinomiya Asama Shrine, the ichinomiya of Kai Province. During the Edo period, all of Kai Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate, with a daikansho based at the village of Isawa. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period on April 1, 1889, the rural districts of Higashiyatsushiro and Higashiyamanashi Districts were formed.[citation needed]

The modern city of Fuefuki was established on October 12, 2004, from the merger of the towns of Ichinomiya, Isawa, Misaka and Yatsushiro, the village of Sakaigawa (all from Higashiyatsushiro District), and the town of Kasugai (from Higashiyamanashi District). The name refers to the Fuefuki River that flows through the city. The city hall is located at the former Isawa Town Hall, and other former towns and village halls were converted to satellite offices.

On August 1, 2006, Fuefuki later absorbed the village of Ashigawa (also from Higashiyatsushiro District. Higashiyatsushiro District was dissolved as a result of this merger.


Fuefuki has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 19 members.


The economy of Fuefuki is based on agriculture (horticulture), seasonal tourism and the production of wine. Fuefuki is the largest producer of grapes and peaches in Japan.[1]


Fuefuki has 14 public elementary schools and five public junior high schools operated by the city government,[4] and one public high school operated by the Yamanashi Prefectural Board of Education.

Elementary Schools:

  1. Isawa Minami (South) 石和南
  2. Isawa Higashi (East) 石和東
  3. Isawa Kita (North) 石和北
  4. Fujimi 富士見
  5. Isawa Nishi (West) 石和西
  6. Misaka Higashi (East) 御坂東
  7. Misaka Nishi (West) 御坂西
  8. Ichinomiya Nishi (West) 一宮西
  9. Ichinomiya Minami (South) 一宮南
  10. Ichinomiya Kita (North) 一宮北
  11. Yatsushiro 八代
  12. Sakaigawa 境川
  13. Kasugai 春日居
  14. Ashigawa 芦川

Junior High Schools:

  1. Isawa 石和
  2. Misaka 御坂
  3. Ichinomiya 一宮
  4. Asakawa 浅川
  5. Kasugai 春日居

High School:

  1. Fuefuki 笛吹




Sister citiesEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Notable people from FuefukiEdit

In popular cultureEdit

  • Fuefuki served as the inspiration for the fictional town of Inaba in the 2008 video game Persona 4.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Fuefuki City official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Fuefuki population statistics
  3. ^ Fuefuki climate data
  4. ^ http://www.city.fuefuki.yamanashi.jp/file/4/4bb32bf432e7d.html
  5. ^ a b c d e f [1] Fuefuki official home page, City Profile
  6. ^ a b c "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  7. ^ National Diet Library
  8. ^ "6 Reasons Persona 4 Golden on PC Is a Must (Re)Play". Twinfinite. 18 June 2020. Retrieved 2020-08-10.

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