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Area  710.81 km2

Region  Kansai
Population  285,746 (2010)
Tsu, Mie Beautiful Landscapes of Tsu, Mie
Colleges and Universities  Mie University, Tsu City College, Takada Junior College, Mie Prefectural College of Nursing

Mayor  Yasuyuki Maeba (since May 2011)

Map of Tsu, Mie

Tsu (津市, Tsu-shi) is the capital city of Mie Prefecture, Japan.


Tsu, Mie in the past, History of Tsu, Mie

As of August 2015, the city had an estimated population of 279,304 and a population density of 393 persons per km2. The total area was 711.11 square kilometres (274.56 sq mi).

Tsu, Mie in the past, History of Tsu, Mie

Senjuji temple in tsu city mie pref the 5th largest wooden building in japan

Gotemba beach of tsu city mie japan



Tsu is located in east-central Kii Peninsula, in central Mie Prefecture. It stretches the width of Mie Prefecture, and is bordered by Ise Bay on the Pacific Ocean to the east, and Nara Prefecture to the west. Parts of the city are within the limits of the Murō-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park.

Neighboring municipalities

  • The city of Suzuka, to the north
  • The city of Kameyama, to the north
  • The city of Matsusaka, to the south
  • The city of Iga, to the west
  • The city of Nabari to the west
  • The village of Soni, Nara to the west
  • The village of Mitsue, Nara to the west
  • Climate

    Tsu has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot summers and cool winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from May to September.


    Tsu originally developed as a port town known as Anotsu (安濃津) in the Nara and Heian periods. The port was destroyed by a tsunami in the 1498 Meiō Nankaidō earthquake. The town was rebuilt as a castle town and a post station by the Tōdō clan, daimyō of Tsu Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. During the Edo period, it became a popular stopping point for travelers to Ise shrine, about 40 km to the southeast.

    Following the Meiji Restoration, it became the capital of Mie Prefecture in 1871. With the establishment of municipalities on April 1, 1889, Tsu was one of original 31 cities to be proclaimed.

    During World War II, Allied air raids on July 24 and July 28, 1945, destroyed most of the city and killed 1,239 people

    On January 1, 2006, the neighboring city of Hisai, the towns of Anō, Geinō and Kawage, and the village of Misato (all from Age District), the towns of Hakusan, Ichishi and Karasu, and the village of Misugi (all from Ichishi District) were merged into Tsu. As a result of the merger, the city became the second largest in Mie by population behind Yokkaichi, and became the largest in Mie by area ahead of Matsusaka.


    Imuraya Confectionery, a confectionery company, and ZTV, a cable television operator, are headquartered in Tsu.

    Colleges and universities

  • Mie University, the prefecture's only national university.
  • Tsu City College
  • Mie Prefectural College of Nursing
  • Takada Junior College
  • Primary and secondary education

  • Tsu has 56 public elementary schools, 21 public and two private middle schools, and nine public and three private high schools
  • The city also has six special education schools.
  • Rail

  • JR Central – Kisei Main Line
  • Ishinden - - Akogi - Takachaya
  • JR Central – Meishō Line
  • Ise-Hata - Ichishi - Isegi - Ise-Ōi – Ise-Kawaguchi - Sekinomiya - Ieki - Ise-Takehara - Ise-Kamakura - Ise-Yachi - Hitsu - Ise-Okitsu
  • Kintetsu Nagoya Line
  • Chisato - Toyotsu-Ueno - Shiratsuka - Takadahonzan - Edobashi - Tsu - Tsu-shimmachi - Minamigaoka - Hisai - Momozono
  • Kintetsu Osaka Line
  • Higashi-Aoyama - Sakakibara-Onsenguchi - Ōmitsu - Ise-Ishibashi - Kawai-Takaoka
  • Ise Railway Ise Line
  • Ise-Ueno – Kawage – Higashi-Ishinden - Tsu
  • Highways

  • Ise Expressway
  • National Route 23
  • National Route 163
  • National Route 165
  • National Route 306
  • National Route 368
  • National Route 369
  • National Route 422
  • Seaports

  • Port of Tsu-Matsusaka
  • Sister city relations

  • – Higashishirakawa, Gifu, since June 28, 1989
  • – Osasco, São Paulo, Brazil, since October 18, 1976
  • – Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China – since June 11, 1984
  • Local attractions

    Tsu is famous for its Tōjin Odori (唐人踊り), a festival commemorating the arrival of the Joseon Tongsinsa delegation from Korea during the feudal period. There are two other cities that celebrate Tōjin Odori: Suzuka city in Mie Prefecture and Ushimado-chō in Okayama Prefecture.

    The ruins of Tsu Castle have been made into a downtown city park.

    Kitabatake Shrine and Yūki Shrine are notable local Shinto shrines.

    Notable people

  • Sho Gokyu – professional soccer player
  • Mika Hagi – 2007 Miss Japan
  • Mu Kanazaki – professional soccer player
  • Kōji Kitao – sumo wrestler
  • Kotokaze Kōki – sumo wrestler
  • Ayumi Oka – actress
  • Hiroshi Okuda – former president of Toyota Motors
  • Edogawa Rampo – author
  • Chikara Sakaguchi - politician
  • Hidesaburō Ueno – agricultural scientist
  • Saori Yoshida – Olympic wrestler
  • References

    Tsu, Mie Wikipedia

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