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about Isumi City

Isumi City was born when the three towns (machi) of Isumi-machi, Ohara-machi, and Misaki-machi were merged on December 5, 2005.

The population is 41,015 (20,127 male, 20,888 female), and the number of households are 16,834 (as of January 1, 2014). The area is 157.5 square kilometers.

Isumi City is located in the southeast of Chiba prefecture, within 45 km distance from Chiba City and 75 km from the major cities of Tokyo metropolitan district.

The east side of Isumi City faces to the Pacific Ocean, the north Ichinomiya-machi and Mutsuzawa-machi in Chousei-gun, west Otaki-machi, south Katsuura City and Onjuku-machi.

Rice and vegetables are grown, and livestock is raised in the flat part of coastal and inland areas. The city benefits from fertile fishing grounds in neighboring areas that yields abundant seafood, including Japanese spiny lobster and octopus.

Scenic Isumi City is surrounded by natural landscapes of gently rolling plains and its beautiful coastline. This place is perfect for surfing, fishing, and a dip in the sea. Countless tourists from the Tokyo metropolitan area have visited Isumi City.

Thanks to the warm ocean current (Kuroshio – the Japan Current) running from the east coast of Boso Peninsula, the temperature is mild all year round. Snow is rare, and when it does fall, it rises no more than a few centimeters.

City Office Location: 7400-1, Ohara, Isumi City, Chiba
Phone: 0470-62-1111

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Access to Isumi City

+By Car
Through Ichihara Interchange (IC) on Tateyama Expressway, followed by National Route 297 (48km to Isumi, ca.70 min.)
Through Ichihara-Tsurumai Interchange (IC) on Ken-O-Do expressway (Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway), followed by National Route 409 to National Route 297 (27 km to Isumi, ca. 40 min.)
Through Ichinomiya toll booth on Kujukuri Toll Road, followed by National Route 128

JR Sotobo Line, Limited Express Train (Tokyo-Ohara ca. 70 min.)

+Express Bus
Yokohama St. – Haneda Airport – Otaki OLiVE (Otaki Life Value Entertain Shopping Plaza) : transfer to Isumi Line (Isumi Railway) – Ohara St. – Isumi City Office (ca. 150 min)

+Isumi City Circular Bus Service is available. (Operated inside Isumi City, 200 yen)

Traditional Culture of Isumi City

+Ohara Hadaka Matsuri (Ohara Naked Festival) — September 23 and 24, annually
This gallant and dynamic festival has continued from the Edo period. The best feature is the “Shio-fumi”, where after the participants pray for bumper crops and a good fishing harvest, more than 10 portable shrines (Mikoshi) are then carried into the sea, to challenge each other with pushes and shoves. Naked down to their waist, men jump into the ocean and jolt their Mikoshi against one another in angry waves, resulting in an amazing spectacle.

+Nakane Rokusha Matsuri (Nakane 6 Shrines Festival) — September 25, annually
The Festival of 6 Shrines – Higashinakataki Shrine, Tsurunuma Shrine (Matsubori), Kumano Shrine (Heta), Shiseki Shrine, Hachiman Shrine (Nakataki), Oyagami Hachiman Shrine (Oshibi).

+Choja, Nakane Jusanja Aki Matsuri (Choja, Nakane 13 Shrines Autumn Festival) — September 24 and 25, annually
This is a festival celebrated in gratitude for the prosperity of the imperial family and the productiveness of grain hosted by Ten Jinja (Ten Shrine). This shrine deifies Sugawara Michizane, whose divided deity was transferred from the homestead of Rizaemon in Konuma to Aza-yoko-machi in former Choja-machi in 1661.

+Kazusa Junisha Matsuri (Kazusa 12 Shrines Festival) — September 13, annually (from since 1200 years ago)
The festival is believed to have begun from more than 1200 years ago (807 AD). Its tradition and formality is the oldest among Shinto rituals of coastal purification (Hamaori Shinji) of which you can find often on the Boso Peninsula. It is currently designated as an Intangible Asset of Ichinomiya-machi (Intangible Folk Culture Asset of Chiba prefecture, 2003).

+Isumi toothpick
The production of this toothpick has been passed down from the Edo period and is widely known as an ornament and tool for the tea ceremony. Mr. Kazuhisa Ikeda was awarded a certificate of proof for his manufacturing skill in 2004.

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