Kawazu, Shizuoka


Midaka district, Kawazu Town



Location of Kawazu in Shizuoka Prefecture


Coordinates: 34°45′N 138°59′E / 34.750°N 138.983°E / 34.750; 138.983Coordinates: 34°45′N 138°59′E / 34.750°N 138.983°E / 34.750; 138.983
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
District Kamo
  Total 100.79 km2 (38.92 sq mi)
Population (September 2014)
  Total 7,569
  Density 76.1/km2 (197/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Sakura
- Flower Japanese iris
Phone number 0558-34-1913
Address 静岡県賀茂郡河津町田中212-2
Website Town of Kawazu

Kawazu (河津町 Kawazu-chō) is a town located on the east coast of Izu Peninsula in Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

As of September 2014, the town had an estimated population of 7,569 and a population density of 75.1 persons per km². The total area was 100.79 km².


Kawazu occupies a portion of the eastern coastline of Izu Peninsula, facing Sagami Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered to the west by the Amagi Mountains. The town has a temperate maritime climate characterized by hot summers and short cool winters, with the weather moderated by the effects of the warm Kuroshio current offshore. Parts of the town are within the limits of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The area is noted for a large number of hot springs.

Neighbouring municipalities


During the Edo period, the area around Kawazu was tenryō territory controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate or various hatamoto. During the cadastral reform of 1889, the village of Kawazu was created, along with Kamikawazu and Shimokawazu through the merger of 15 small hamlets within Kamo District. The town of Kawazu was created through the merger of the villages of Kamikazu and Shimokawazu in September 1958.

Around March 31, 2010, the city of Shimoda and three municipalities in Kamo District (Kawazu, Matsuzaki, and Minamiizu) were scheduled to merge.[1] However, the merger backed out.


The local economy is based on farming and tourism centered on hot spring resorts.





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