Izu, Shizuoka

Izu (伊豆市, Izu-shi) is a city located in central Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2019, the city had an estimated population of 30,678 in 13,390 households,[1] and a population density of 84 persons per km2. The total area of the city was 363.97 square kilometres (140.53 sq mi).

Izu

伊豆市
Izu City Hall
Izu City Hall
Flag of Izu
Flag
Official seal of Izu
Seal
Location of Izu in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Izu
Izu is located in Japan
Izu
Izu
 
Coordinates: 34°58′35.5″N 138°56′48.5″E / 34.976528°N 138.946806°E / 34.976528; 138.946806Coordinates: 34°58′35.5″N 138°56′48.5″E / 34.976528°N 138.946806°E / 34.976528; 138.946806
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureShizuoka
Area
 • Total363.97 km2 (140.53 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2019)
 • Total30,678
 • Density84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
• TreeQuercus acutissima
• FlowerWasabi
• BirdGreen pheasant
Phone number0558-72-1111
AddressKodachino 38-2, Izu-shi, Shizuoka-ken 410-2413
WebsiteOfficial website
Shuzenji hot spring resort
Shuzenji train station
A panorama of the Izu city

GeographyEdit

Izu is located in the north-central portion of the Izu Peninsula, and includes most of the Amagi Mountains. The region is hilly and some 80% of the city area is covered by forest. The Kano River runs through the city, which has a short coastline to the west on Suruga Bay of the Pacific Ocean. The area is part of the Izu-Tobu volcanic region, and is therefore subject to frequent earthquakes, and the city also has numerous hot springs as a result. Warmed by the Kuroshio Current, the area enjoys a warm maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Izu has been in decline over the past 60 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1960 44,240—    
1970 40,875−7.6%
1980 39,915−2.3%
1990 38,999−2.3%
2000 38,581−1.1%
2010 34,206−11.3%

ClimateEdit

The city has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Izu is 15.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2035 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around 6.3 °C.[3]

HistoryEdit

During the Edo period, most of Izu Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate, although portions near modern Shuzenji were under the control of the Ōkubo clan of Ogino-Yamanaka Domain. During the establishment of the modern municipalities system in the early Meiji period in 1889, the area was reorganized into several villages under Kimisawa District, Shizuoka Prefecture. Kimisawa District merged with Tagata District in 1896.

Shuzenji became a town in 1924, followed by Toi in 1938, Nakaizu in 1958, and Amagiyugashima in 1960. The city of Izu was established on April 1, 2004, by the merger of the towns of Shuzenji, Toi, Nakaizu and Amagiyugashima (all from Tagata District).

GovernmentEdit

Izu has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 16 members.

EconomyEdit

The economy of the city of Izu is centered on tourism (primarily hot spring resorts), farming/forestry and commercial fishing. Izu is noted for its production of wasabi and shiitake. During the Edo period, the area was also known for its production of gold and other ores; however, the last commercial mining operations were closed in the 1960s.

EducationEdit

Izu has seven public elementary schools, four public middle schools and one combined elementary/middle school operated by the city government. The city has two public high schools operated by the Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

HighwayEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Sister city relationsEdit

Notable people from IzuEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Izu City official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Izu population statistics
  3. ^ Izu climate data
  4. ^ a b "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.