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Hiratsuka (平塚市 Hiratsuka-shi?) is a Japanese city in Kanagawa Prefecture on the island of Honshū.

It has been recognized as a special city since 2001.[1]


Hiratsuka — ukiyo-e woodblock print by Hiroshige, circa 1830s

In the Edo period, Hiratsuka-juku was 7th of the 53 shogunate-maintained waystations (shuku-eki) along the Tōkaidō road which connected Edo and Kyoto.[2]


Hiratsuka is located on the western Kantō region midway between Tokyo and Mount Fuji. The city is on the coastline in the Sagami Bay.

Related pages


  1. Jacobs, A.J. "Japan's Evolving Nested Municipal Hierarchy: The Race for Local Power in the 2000s," Urban Studies Research (2011), Table 3; retrieved 2012-12-18.
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005)."Tōkaidō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 973.

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