Atami, Shizuoka


Beach in Atami City with sea bathers



Location of Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture


Coordinates: 35°05′45.5″N 139°4′17.6″E / 35.095972°N 139.071556°E / 35.095972; 139.071556Coordinates: 35°05′45.5″N 139°4′17.6″E / 35.095972°N 139.071556°E / 35.095972; 139.071556
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
  Mayor Sakae Saitō
  Total 61.78 km2 (23.85 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
  Total 37,282
  Density 603/km2 (1,560/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
  Tree Sakura
  Flower Ume
  Bird Common gull
Phone number 0557-86-6000
Address 1-1 Chūō-chō, Atami-shi, Shizuoka-ken 413-8550
View of Atami

Atami (熱海市 Atami-shi) is a city located in the eastern end of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 37,287 and a population density of 603 people per km2. The total area was 61.78 km2 (23.85 square miles).


Atami is located in the far eastern corner of Shizuoka Prefecture at the northern end of Izu Peninsula. The city is on the steep slopes of a partially submerged volcanic caldera on the edge of Sagami Bay. The name "Atami" literally means "hot ocean," a reference to the town's famous onsen hot springs. The city boundaries include the offshore island of Hatsushima. Most of Atami is located within the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Warmed by the Kuroshio Current offshore, the area is known for its moderate maritime climate with hot, humid summers, and short winters.

Surrounding municipalities

Shizuoka Prefecture

Kanagawa Prefecture


Atami has been known as a resort town centered on its hot springs since the 8th century AD. In the Kamakura period, Minamoto Yoritomo and Hōjō Masako were notable visitors. During the Edo period, all of Izu Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in 1889, Atami village was organized within Kamo District, Shizuoka. It was elevated to town status on June 11, 1894, and was transferred to the administrative control of Tagata District, Shizuoka in 1896.

The epicenter of the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923 was deep beneath Izu Ōshima Island in Sagami Bay, close to Atami, which suffered considerable damage, as did other municipalities throughout the surrounding Kantō region.[1] The tsunami wave height reached 35 feet at Atami, swamping the town and drowning three hundred people.[2]

Inside Atami's MOA Museum of Art

The modern city of Atami was founded on April 10, 1937, through the merger of Atami Town with neighboring Taga Village. After the proclamation of Atami as an "International Tourism and Culture City" by the Japanese government in 1950, the area experienced rapid growth in large resort hotel development. This growth increased after Atami station became a stop on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed train line in 1964. In concert with its famous onsen, Atami was known for its onsen geisha. Atami experienced a considerable decline in popularity as a vacation destination due to the Japanese economic crisis in the 1990s and the associated fall in large group company-sponsored vacations, but is currently experiencing a revival as a bedroom community due to its proximity to Tokyo and Yokohama.

The Inagawa-kai, third largest of Japan's Yakuza groups, was founded in Atami in 1949 as the Inagawa-gumi (稲川組) by Kakuji Inagawa.[3]

The 24th Congress of the Japanese Communist Party was held at Atami in January 2006.


The economy of Atami is heavily dependent on the tourist industry, mostly centered on its hot spring resorts.[4] Commercial fishing is a major secondary industry.


Atami has eight elementary schools, four middle schools and one high school.




International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Atami is twinned with:

Notable people from Atami

Local attractions

Much of the extensive art collection of eccentric multimillionaire and religious leader Mokichi Okada is now housed in the MOA Museum of Art in Atami.

Atami is also notable for having a Peace Pagoda, built by Nipponzan-Myohoji Daisangha in 1961.

In popular culture

In films

In the 1951 film Tokyo File 212, a key scene takes place at a resort in Atami. In the 1953 film Tokyo Story the parents visit the hot springs in Atami. Much of the 1953 film A Japanese Tragedy is set in Atami. It is also the setting of the TV drama Atami no Sousakan. It also appears in the 1954 film "Golden Demon" (Konjiki Yasha), based on the novel of the same name by Koyo Ozaki, as the place where two main characters become engaged to be married.[7]

In Anime

In the 2016 anime Prince of Stride, Atami is the first stop in the End of Summer Trial Tour.[8]


  1. Hammer, Joshua. (2006). Yokohama Burning: the Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire that Helped Forge the Path to World War II, p. 278.
  2. Hammer, p. 114.
  3. "1993 Police White Paper Chapter 1 : The Actual Condition of the Boryokudan", 1993, National Police Agency (Japanese)
  4. Mansfield, Stephen, "Cultures mingle amid Atami's hot springs", Japan Times, 18 December 2011, p. 12.
  5. 1 2 "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  6. "City of Atami: Mr. Sakae Saito, Mayor (December 2014)". Mayor/Governor Interviews. Foreign Press Center Japan. December 26, 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. '+relative_time(twitters[i].created_at)+' (2010-04-18). "Odagiri to star in "Atami no Sousakan"". Tokyograph. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  8. Prince of Stride: Alternative Episode 4 English Sub


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