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     My Yokkaichi City

Experience the charm of Yokkaichi

The city of Yokkaichi is located near the geographical center of Japan.
With the Suzuka mountains to the west and Ise Bay to the east,
Yokkaichi enjoys a varied natural environment.
It boasts a rich history as well, having flourished as a trading post
and way station on the Tokaido Road.
Modern industry has also taken root in this thriving city,
and the Port of Yokkaichi represents the city's openness to the world.
Yokkaichi is clearly poised for a future of ever-greater successes.
The city of Yokkaichi in Mie prefecture and one of the principal cities
of the Chubu region. Yokkaichi is committed to continued
prosperity and a brighter future.

Yokkaichi Rediscovery “Nanbu Kyuryo Park”

In the southern zone, there is a small-animal zoo, and in the
northern zone, there are grass lots, playground equipment, and a plum
(Ume) orchard, etc. A day in this park will refresh your body and spirit.
The plum trees are in full blossom by mid-March.

Tea Farms in Suizawa

Yokkaichi is the main producer of Ise tea.
Particularly notable is the Suizawa area at the foot of Mt Kamagatake
in the Suzuka Quasi-national Park, one of the nation's most prominent
tea-producing areas. In early summer, the entire area turns into
an undulating, bright green landscape of incredible beauty.

Port of Yokkaichi

The port of Yokkaichi, the first port in Ise Bay, will commemorate its
centrnnial in 1999. Since being designated one of the Specially
Designated Major Ports in 1952, it has developed into a properous
international trading port. On clear mornings, the sun rising over the
mountains of the Chita Peninsula presenta a fantastic vista. The sun's
golden glow over the port symbolizes Yokkaichi's prosperity
as a port with links to the world.

The 30th Anniversary of Sister Port Relationship
   Between Sydney Ports and Yokkaichi port

Expanding Global Container Liner Routes

The first visit to Yokkaichi Port by the M.S. “Australian Enterprise”
on August 28, 1969 marked the start of containerized ocean transport
through the port.
Now the port is visited by container liners on global routes linking Japan
to Australia, Southeast Asia, Korea, China,etc.
With feeder service also available, Yokkaichi Port is linked to the world's
major ports.

Sister Port Sydney

Located in New South Wales of Easterm Australia,
Sydney is the largest city in Australia and is the center of its economy
and culture.
Sydney Ports and Yokkaichi port have long been closely realated with each
other through wool and cotton trade, and in October 1968 they became
sister ports.
The friendly relations have since been deepened and the sister ports
relationship reaches the 30th anniversary in 1998.

100th Anniversary of the opening of the port

The 100thanniversary of the opening of Yokkaichi Port falls
on the 4th of August in 1999.
In commemoration of the centennial, a building of 100-meter height,
tentatirely called “Yokkaichi Port Building”, will be constructed at
Kasumigaura Area in 1999.

The Origin of the Name Yokkaichi

The city's name, which means “4th-day market” was mentioned as early
as 1473 in the documents of Ise Shrine. Yokkaichi was so named because
of the market that was regularly held in the city every 10 days
biginning on the fourth of the month.

Kintetsu Yokkaichi Station and Chuo-dori Boulevard

Yokkaichi is the largest commercial city in Mie Prefecture.
Most commercial activity is concentrated in and around
Kintetsu Yokkaichi Station.
This area is popular as the city's center as well as the commercial of
northern Mie.
Camphor trees, Yokkaichi's official tree, grace the lengh of
Chuo-dori Boulevard.

Grand Yokkaichi Festival

This festival brings the true feeling of summer.
Festival-goers can enjoy the Suwa drums, the Osuwa mikoshi
( a portable float), parades, and other entertaining events. On the
final day, the cultural heritage of Yokkaichi, such as the
Kujira-bune ( a whaling ship float), the O-nyudo (a float of a huge
monster with a bald head), and the Dai-nembutsu ( a huge drum float)
join the parades. The three-day festival spans the first weekend of August..
( Access: A 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Yokkaichi Station or Yokkaichi Station.)


An Exploration of Yokkaichi city

General Profile

Yokkaichi City originally prospered as a commercial town having markets
on the 4th, 14th, and 24th of each month. The name,“Yokkaichi,”means
“4th day market.” In 1890, the first railway line came to the town
making Yokkaichi an important land and sea transportation center between
eastern and western Japan, and several industries began to thrive.
In the 1950's, Japan's first petrochemical complex was established near
Yokkaichi Port, which has been playing an important role in supporting
the nation's economy. Today, Yokkaichi has the highest population in
Mie Prefecture.

Industry and Products

Yokkaichi City has one of the biggest international trading ports in all
of Japan. Over 100 years have passed since the port first opened and its
economic role, both prefecturally and nationally, is always expanding.
Main imports consist of oil, wool, cotton,and grain, while automobiles
and petrochemical products are the main exported goods. Advantageously
located, Yokkaichi, with its petrochemical plants, is the central hub
of the Ise Bay Industrial Zone. As for commerce, the largest concentration
of shops are located between Yokkaichi's two main train stations.

Sightseeing and Cultural Treasures:

The beautiful Miyazuma Gorge, surrounded by the Suzuka Mountains, features
mountain huts and campgrounds which attract tourists and mountain climbers
all year. At the foot of the mountains there are the Tokaido Nature Path
and the Yokkaichi Sports Land.. Also, the Yasato Cycling Track, Chuo Ryokuchi
Park, and Kasumigaura Ryokuchi, to where the World Exposition pavilion of
Australia was moved and is exhibited, always attract young people. The
Yokkaichi Municipal Museum and Planetarium was newly opened in 1993.

Programs Aimed towards Internationalization:

Long Beach, CA, U.S.A. is a sister city.
Every year there is a mutual exchange of a student and a teacher.
There are also 6 YEFs (Yokkaichi English Fellows) from Long Beach who teach
English in the junior high schools. Tianjin, China is a friendship city
and Sydney, Australia is a sister port. The International Center for
Environmental Technology Transfer receives research trainees, and there is
a UNCRD (United Nations Center for Regional Development) office.
The Yokkaichi International Association provides many services.
There are also five other organizations.

Yokkaichi An Industrial and Cultural City filled with Charm and Vitality Port of Yokkaichi
The Port of Yokkaichi was opened by Sanemon Inaba in 1905,
and is now one of the leading international trading ports in Japan.
The major export is automobiles, while the leading import is Australian and New Zealand wool.
The Port of Yokkaichi has entered into a sister-port affiliation with the Port of Sydney,
Australia. The "Port of Sydney Avenue" runs directly through the very popular
Kasumigaura area.

Central Green Park This park was competed in 1966 and is very popular among nature
lovers and sports enthusiasts. Thousands of green trees surround this beautiful park which
provides a great atmosphere for sports and recreation.
There are an athletic field, a gymnasium, a baseball field and a swimming pool.
It's a wonderful place to visit!

Outline of Yokkaichi City Founded August 1, 1897 (45th in the country)
Population 294,779.  Sister City-Long Beach, U.S.A. (Established on October 7, 1963)
Friendly City-Tianjin, China (Established on October 28, 1980)
Sister Port-Sydney, Australia (Established on October 24,1968)
City Tree Camphor Tree, City Flower Salvia