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Fujiyoshida (富士吉田市, Fujiyoshida-shi) is a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 May 2019, the city had an estimated population of 48,782 in 19,806 households [1] and a population density of 400 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 121.74 square kilometres (47.00 sq mi).

Fujiyoshida

富士吉田市
Fujiyoshida montage
Fujiyoshida montage
Flag of Fujiyoshida
Flag
Official seal of Fujiyoshida
Seal
Location of Fujiyoshida in Yamanashi Prefecture
Location of Fujiyoshida in Yamanashi Prefecture
Fujiyoshida is located in Japan
Fujiyoshida
Fujiyoshida
 
Coordinates: 35°29′15.1″N 138°48′27.9″E / 35.487528°N 138.807750°E / 35.487528; 138.807750Coordinates: 35°29′15.1″N 138°48′27.9″E / 35.487528°N 138.807750°E / 35.487528; 138.807750
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureYamanashi Prefecture
Government
 • MayorShigeru Horiuchi
Area
 • Total121.74 km2 (47.00 sq mi)
Population
 (May 1, 2019)
 • Total48,782
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
• TreeWhite birch
• FlowerFujizakura
• BirdGreat spotted woodpecker
Phone number0555-22-1111
Address6-1-1 Shimoyoshida, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi-ken 403-8601
WebsiteOfficial website
Fujiyoshida City Hall
Fujiyoshida city looking south

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GeographyEdit

Fujiyoshida lies at the northern base of Mount Fuji, and is built upon old lava flows. It is considered a high-elevation city in Japan, at 2,140 to 2,800 feet above sea level. The city is also located between two of the Fuji Five Lakes. The Katsura River flows through the eastern part of the city.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Fujiyoshida peaked around the year 1990 and has been in slow decline since.

YearPop.±%
1940 49,960—    
1950 61,882+23.9%
1960 42,607−31.1%
1970 50,046+17.5%
1980 53,569+7.0%
1990 54,804+2.3%
2000 54,090−1.3%
2010 50,612−6.4%

ClimateEdit

The city has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfb). The average annual temperature in Fujiyoshida is 9.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1845 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 21.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.3 °C.[3]

HistoryEdit

Following the Meiji restoration, the area around Fujiyoshida was organized into Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi per the cadastral reforms of July 22, 1878. With the establishment of the modern municipalities system on July 1, 1889, the villages of Mizuho, Akemi and Fukuchi were established. In 1939, Mizuho was raised to town status and renamed Shimoyoshida. Likewise, in 1947 Fukuchi was raised to town status and renamed Fujikamiyoshida and Akemi was raised to town status in 1948, retaining its original name. These three towns merged on March 20, 1951 to form the city of Fujiyoshida.

GovernmentEdit

Fujiyoshida has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 20 members.

EconomyEdit

For several centuries, artisans around the Fujiyoshida area have produced high quality textiles,[4] and now the city is the center of commerce and high technology in southern Yamanashi Prefecture.

EducationEdit

  • Showa University
  • Fujiyoshida has seven public elementary schools and four public middle schools operated by the city government, and three public private high schools operated by the Yamanashi Prefectural Board of Education. The city also has one private middle school and one private high school.

TransportationEdit

Sister citiesEdit

Local attractionsEdit

  • Kitaguchi Hongū Fuji Sengen Jinja, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the kami of Mount Fuji, the Kitaguchi Hongū Fuji Sengen Jinja is the historical starting point for pilgrims climbing the mountain. The main structure was originally built in 788 and underwent reconstruction in the 17th century. Additional buildings include a shrine dedicated to Takeda Shingen (1521–1573), and a red torii which is taken down and rebuilt every "Fuji Year" (60 years). The shrine has a local history museum which displays items from Fujiyoshida's past including household items, farm implements, clothing and samples of the cities' famous textiles.
  • Fuji-Q Highland an amusement park with a variety of attractions suitable for adults and children.
  • Mt. Fuji Visitors Center. It is home to interactive displays, videos, books and guides about Mount Fuji.
  • Mt. Fuji Radar Dome Museum. A tribute to the meteorologists who built a radar research facility at the summit of Mt. Fuji, which features a room which simulates the conditions at the summit of the mountain.
  • Arakurayama Sengen Park and the Chūrei-tō pagoda, built on a hilltop facing Mt. Fuji.

Notable people from FujiyoshidaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fujiyoshida City official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Fujiyoshida population statistics
  3. ^ Fujiyoshida climate data
  4. ^ "Fujiyoshida Welcomes You". Fujiyoshida City International Affairs Desk. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  5. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  6. ^ "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. ^ "Player - Keiji Muto". Wrestle-1 Official Web Site (in Japanese). 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  8. ^ 日本映画人名事典』男優編. Kinema-Junpo. 1996. p. 832. ISBN 978-4873761886.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi at Wikimedia Commons