Maizuru City

Vibrant International Port and Exchange-hub City of East Asia
Maizuru City - Where people can have enriching lives

Maizuru City is located almost in the central part of Honshu, northeast of Kyoto Prefecture. It is situated within the 100km zone from the Keihanshin area. About 80% of the city area is covered with forest. The town areas are built on the plains that face Maizuru Port and approximately 70% of the population is concentrated there.

The Maizuru Port entrance is in Wakasa Bay. This port is a well-sheltered natural harbor. Its approximately 98km-long coastline is a ria (or drowned river valley) with an intricate mix of coves and capes. It is designated as a part of the Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Park.

In the Higashi-Maizuru and Kitasui districts, there are red brick warehouse buildings that were built from the Meiji period to Taisho period as storage warehouses for military munitions of the Maizuru 'Chinju-fu (naval base).' The 12 red brick buildings that still exist maintain the characteristics of those days even now after the passing of 100 years and create a unique setting. Eight among the 12 buildings were designated as national important cultural properties in 2008. Maizuru City renovated five of those warehouses in an effort to make the red brick buildings a strategic hub for tourism and the whole area was opened as "Maizuru Red Brick Park" in May 2012. The city is moving forward with urban planning that takes advantage of the red brick buildings.

Maizuru served as a "repatriation port" for 13 years after the end of the war and received approximately 660,000 repatriates and 16,000 sets of remains, mainly from Siberia of the former Soviet Union and former Manchuria of China. The repatriates, who sailed into Maizuru port and set foot on Maizuru from Taira-sanbashi Pier, shed tears of joy and exchanged greetings with their receiving families. On the other hand, every time a repatriation ship entered the port, there were mothers who stood anxiously at the pier waiting for their sons to return. The sight of those mothers became known as "Ganpeki no haha (mothers on the quay)." Because of the hit song, "Ganpeki no haha," Maizuru became famous as a "repatriation town" throughout Japan. In 1988, Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum was opened to educate future generations about the historical facts on repatriation from overseas and detention and the importance of lasting world peace. Today, Maizuru City is pushing forward with a project for registering the reference documents on repatriation as a part of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme in order to preserve the historical facts for future generations and pass on value of peace to the world.

Maizuru City is making an effort to invigorate the district as an exchange hub for "people and materials" with Kyoto Maizuru Port (base port on the side of the Japan Sea) at the center. At the same time, all local communities are working hand-in-hand in promoting urban development directed toward building Maizuru with a "nonresident population of 3 million and an economically active population of 10,000," based on the concept of a city where people can have enriched lives.

Official tree of Maizuru City
Japanese zelkova

Official flower of Maizuru City

Municipality enforcement May 27, 1943
Area 342.13 km2
Population 79,869

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Akarenga (Red Brick) Park Akarenga (Red Brick) Park Tanabe-jo Castle ruins Tanabe-jo Castle ruins View from Mt. Gorogadake -- No. 1 of 100 famous views of Kinki
View from Mt. Gorogadake -- No. 1 of 100 famous views of Kinki View from Mt. Gorogadake -- No. 1 of 100 famous views of Kinki Maizuru tea and tea plantation Repatriation pier Kongo-in Temple
Childrearing communication facility "Asobi Amu" Dai Shoya Ueno family residence Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kitasui Pier Maizuru West Port (cruise ships) Maizuru West Port (cruise ships)
Kanmuri-jima Island Kanmuri-jima Island Maizuru Nature Cultural Park (hydrangeas garden) Manganji Amato (Manganji-temple green pepper) Maizuru Kamaboko (minced and steamed fish)

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Annual event schedule

Time Event Description
Beginning of May Maizuru Tsutsuji (azalea) Matsuri Festival About 25,000 azalea plants - the City’s official flower - in bloom.
May 8 Matsunoo-dera Temple hotokemai (Buddhist dance) This Buddhist dance conducted at Matsunoo-dera Temple is designated as an important intangible folk culture asset.
Late May Tanabe-jo Matsuri Festival This festival reenacts the historical incident of Yusai Hosokawa fortifying himself in his castle.
Late July Minato Maizuru Chatta Matsuri Festival The name of this festival refers to the Maizuru dialect 'chatta' spoken in the Maizuru region.
Mid-August Joya no Age-taimatsu Festival This Shinto shrine festival is held at Amabiki-jinja Shrine based on the legend of slaying a serpent.
Mid-August Yoshiwara no Mandoro Festival This fire festival was started in order to appease the wrath of the Sea God.
Late September Maizuru Sakana Matsuri Festival This festival is held for promoting the fish of Maizuru.
Mid-October Maizuru Red Brick Half Marathon The participants run through interesting spots such as Maizuru Red Brick Park and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) base.
Late October Akarenga Festa (the Red Brick Festival) Visitors can enjoy arts and crafts and cuisine.
Every month Akarenga Bazar This bazar is held in the red brick warehouse.

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