Fujikawaguchiko (富士河口湖町, Fujikawaguchiko-machi) is a town located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2019, the town had an estimated population of 26,542 in 10618 households and 170 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 158.40 square kilometres (61.16 sq mi).
Geography of Fujikawaguchiko
Fujikawaguchiko is located in southern Yamanashi Prefecture, in the foothills of Mount Fuji and shares Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes, with neighbouring Minobu.
Climate of Fujikawaguchiko
Fujikawaguchiko features a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa, bordering on Dfb) that closely borders on a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) and an oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb). The average annual temperature in Fujikawaguchiko is 10.3 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1663 mm, with September as the wettest month.
History of Fujikawaguchiko
The area around Lake Kawaguchi has been inhabited since at least the Jōmon period. It was on the road connecting Kai Province with Suruga Province and is mentioned in Heian period records, which also document an eruption of Mount Fuji in 864 AD. During the Edo period, all of Kai Province was tenryō territory under the direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period on July 1, 1889, the area came under the jurisdiction of Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture.
On 15 November 2003, the town of Kawaguchiko, and the villages of Katsuyama and Ashiwada merged to form the new town of Fujikawaguchiko. The headquarters of the infamous Aum Shinrikyo was located in the village of Kamikuishiki, most of which was absorbed into Fujikawaguchiko on 1 March 2006.
Fujikawaguchiko has eight public elementary schools and two public junior high schools operated by the town government and one private elementary school, and one private junior high school. The town has one public high school run by the Yamanashi Prefectural Board of Education. The Health Science University, a private medical school, is located in Fujikawaguchiko.