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Shimizu
清水町
Town
Kano River in Shimizu Town
Kano River in Shimizu Town
Flag of Shimizu
Flag
Official seal of Shimizu
Seal
Location of Shimizu Town in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Shimizu Town in Shizuoka Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Tōkai
Prefecture Shizuoka
District Suntō
Area
 • Total 8.81 km2 (3.40 sq mi)
Population (August 2019)
 • Total 32,453
 • Density 3,683.7/km2 (9,541/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Castanopsis
• Flower Chrysanthemum
• Bird Common kingfisher
Phone number 055-973-1111
Address 210-1 Dōniwa, Shimizu-chō, Suntō-gun, Shizuoka-ken 411-8650

Shimizu-ku (清水区 Shimizu-ku) is one of three wards of the city of Shizuoka.

The municipality was "Shimizu City" until it merged with Shizuoka in 2005.

History

Hiroshige16 kanbara
Kanbara — ukiyo-e woodblock print by Hiroshige, circa 1830s
Tokaido16 Yui
Yui by Hiroshige, circa 1830s
Hiroshige18 okitsu
Okitsu by Hiroshige, circa 1830s
Hiroshige19 ejiri
Ejiri by Hiroshige, circa 1830s

Shimizu developed around its good natural harbor.

In the Edo period, Kanbara (蒲原 Kanbara-juku), Yui (由井 Yui-shuku), Okitsu (興津 Okitsu-juku) and Ejiri (江尻 Ejiri-juku) were the 15-18th of the 53 shogunate-maintained waystations (shuku-eki) along the Tōkaidō road which connected Edo and Kyoto. These four way-stations were in the area of modern Shimizu.

Geography

Shimizu is located on the coast of Suruga Bay of the Pacific Ocean.

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