Midaka district, Kawazu Town
Location of Kawazu in Shizuoka Prefecture
|Coordinates: 34°45′N 138°59′E / 34.750°N 138.983°ECoordinates: 34°45′N 138°59′E / 34.750°N 138.983°E|
|• Total||100.79 km2 (38.92 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2014)|
|• Density||76.1/km2 (197/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Japanese iris|
|Website||Town of Kawazu|
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.
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.
The local economy is based on farming and tourism centered on hot spring resorts.
- Kawazu official website (Japanese)
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