Funabashi City of Japan


Located in Chiba Prefecture beside capital Tokyo, Funabashi City is close to the Bay of Tokyo, and only 50 km to Narita International Airport. Nowadays, it has become one of the satellite cities of Tokyo and is a first-rate residential commercial city in the capital ring. With a population of 610,000, the city covers an area of 85.64 square kilometers. The climate of the city is warm, with the highest annual temperature of 33℃ and the lowest of -2℃.

From the Paleolithic era, the area was inhabited by humans. Some Neolithic sites of 1,000 to 2,000 years ago have been found in the urban area. The municipality has very convenient means of transportation and is with the most advanced railway system in the country, with 10 railways passing through the city.

Funabashi City is fairly advanced in commerce, agriculture, industry and fishery. In terms of numbers, the shops in Funabashi City occupy an important position not only in Chiba Prefecture, but also in Japan at large. With its advantageous position as a suburb of the capital city, it provides fresh vegetables for the Tokyo region. Major agricultural products are radishes, spinach, pears, and flower cultivation such as cyclamen. In its industries, those for basic materials, life-related, the mold industry and the catering industry occupy a higher proportion whereas processing and assembling has a lower proportion. Yet it has Nihon Kentetsu (manufacturing electric machines), Ishii Food and some other industries. In fishery, Funabashi City is the major production base for kelp in Japan.      

There are 47 kindergartens, 85 primary and junior high middle schools, 16 senior high middle schools, 2 universities and 13 specialized schools and special nursing schools.

Camellia is the city flower of Funabashi City.

On November 2, 1994, Funabashi City established sister-city relationship with Xi’an.          


[Source:Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Xi’an City]