Fujieda, Shizuoka

Fujieda
藤枝市
View from Fujieda Station
View from Fujieda Station
Flag of Fujieda
Official logo of Fujieda
Location of Fujieda in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Fujieda in Shizuoka Prefecture
Fujieda is located in Japan
Fujieda
Fujieda
 
Coordinates: 34°52′2.7″N 138°15′27.8″E / 34.867417°N 138.257722°E / 34.867417; 138.257722Coordinates: 34°52′2.7″N 138°15′27.8″E / 34.867417°N 138.257722°E / 34.867417; 138.257722
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureShizuoka
First official recorded318 AD (official)[citation needed]
Town settledApril 1, 1889
City settledMarch 31, 1954
Government
 • MayorShōhei Kitamura (from June 2008)
Area
 • Total194.06 km2 (74.93 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2019)
 • Total145,032
 • Density750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePine
- FlowerWisteria
- BirdJapanese bush warbler
Phone number054-643-3111
Address1-11-1 Okadeyama, Fujieda-shi, Shizuoka-ken 426-8722
WebsiteOfficial website
Reconstruction of Tanaka Castle in Fujieda
Fujieda City Hall

Fujieda (藤枝市, Fujieda-shi) is a city located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 April 2019, the city has an estimated population of 145,032 in 59,480 households,[1] and a population density of 750 persons per km². The total area of the city was 194.06 square kilometres (74.93 sq mi). Fujieda is a member of the World Health Organization’s Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC).[2]

Geography[]

Fujieda is located in the Shida Plateau in central Shizuoka Prefecture between the Abe River and the Ōi River. The area enjoys a warm maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.

Neighboring municipalities[]

Demographics[]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Fujieda grown rapidly over the past 50 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1960 77,169—    
1970 88,787+15.1%
1980 114,882+29.4%
1990 133,147+15.9%
2000 141,643+6.4%
2010 142,183+0.4%

Climate[]

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 Fujieda is 15.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2159 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around 5.7 °C.[4]

History[]

Under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan, much of the area of present-day Fujieda was part of Tanaka Domain, and its castle formed part of the eastern outlying fortifications of Sunpu. The town also developed as Fujieda-juku, a post town on the Tōkaidō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto.

During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, Fujieda-juku became Fujieda Town within Shida District Shizuoka Prefecture. Fujieda Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line railway opened on April 16, 1889, leading to development of the surrounding area. On March 31, 1954, Fujieda merged with neighboring Aoshima Town and four neighboring villages to form Fujieda City. Setoya Village merged on February 15, 1955 and Hirohata Village on April 1, 1957.

On January 1, 2009, the neighboring town of Okabe (from Shida District) was merged into Fujieda. Shida District was dissolved as a result of this merger.[5]

Government[]

Fujieda has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 22 members.

Economy[]

Fujieda is primarily a bedroom community for nearby Shizuoka. The local economy is dominated by agriculture (tea, strawberry, rice, shiitake) and light manufacturing, including pharmaceuticals, beverages, and food processing.

Education[]

Fujieda has 17 public elementary schools and ten public junior high schools operated by the city government. and three public high schools operated by the Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education. There are also two private middle schools and three private high schools. The prefectural also operates one special education school for disabled children. In addition, Shizuoka Sangyo University has a campus in Fujieda, and the agricultural fields for Shizuoka University are also located in the city.

Sport[]

Fujieda is represented in the J. League of football by its local club Fujieda MYFC. In the 1980s and 1990s the city was represented in the Japan Soccer League and former Japan Football League by local clubs Fujieda City Hall SC, which still competes in the prefectural divisions, and Chuo Bohan SC/Fujieda Blux, which moved out of town in 1994 to become Avispa Fukuoka.

Transportation[]

Railway[]

JR logo (central).svg Central Japan Railway Company - Tōkaidō Main Line

Highway[]

Sister City relations[]

Local attractions[]

Notable people from Fujieda[]

References[]

  1. ^ Fujieda City official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Alliance for Healthy Cities official home page
  3. ^ Fujieda population statistics
  4. ^ Fujieda climate data
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2008-09-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ 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.

External links[]

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