Zushi, Kanagawa

Zushi, Kanagawa

Japanese city
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Prefecture=Kanagawa Prefecture
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Zushi (逗子市 "Zushi-shi") is a city located in Kanagawa, Japan.

As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 58,597 and a density of 3,379.30 persons per km². The total area is 17.34 km².

City status was gained on April 15, 1954.

Zushi is a popular beach resort, and can be accessed via the JR Yokosuka Line and the Keikyu Line. There are two main railway stations in Zushi; Zushi Station, where the JR Yokosuka Line comes in and which lies in the center of town, and Shin-Zushi Station, where the Keikyu line comes in and which lies south of the center of town.In modern times many famous writers (e.g. Roka Tokutomi) lived in Zushi.

Zushi's Hiroyama Kōen neighborhood is well known as a fashionable place for Tokyo's elite to own second homes. Among residents are well-known right-wing governor of Tokyo and writer Shintaro Ishihara and his (deceased) actor brother Yujiro Ishihara and TV personality Mino Monta.

Zushi is home to the U.S. Navy's Ikego family housing area. Ikego was a former Japanese Imperial Navy ammunition magazine, and covers about 710 acres, 210 of which are used for Navy housing. Ikego opened in April 1996, and contains 854 housing units with approximately 3,400 family members living on the base. It is located twelve kilometers from the Yokosuka Naval Base. Driving between Ikego and Yokosuka takes about 30 minutes without traffic.

Government and politics

* Zushi mayoral election, 2006

Points of interest

* Ganden-ji, number two of the Bandō Sanjūsankasho
* Hosshō-ji, Nichiren temple that is supposed to lie on the spot where the master was succored by three white monkeys.

External links

* [http://www.city.zushi.kanagawa.jp/ Official website] in Japanese
* [http://www.cfay.navy.mil/ikego.htm U.S. Navy Ikego community site] in English

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