Location of Chiryū in Aichi
|• Total||16.34 km2 (6.31 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2011)|
|• Density||4,230/km2 (11,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|- Flower||Iris laevigata|
|Address||3-1 Hiromi, Chiryū-shi, Aichi-ken 472-8666|
|Website||City of Chiryū|
Chiryū is situated in central Aichi Prefecture.
“Chiryū” as a local place name appears in documents in the Nara period. During the Edo period, the area prospered as Chiryū-juku, one of the post stations on the Tōkaidō connecting Edo with Kyoto. The town was noted for its horse trading fairs. Part of the present day city were under the control of Kariya Domain, a feudal han under the Tokugawa shogunate.
- Chiryū Jinja – Shinto shrine, with a tahōtō built in 1907, which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property 
- Yatsuhashi Kakitsubata Garden (八橋かきつばた園) at the Muryoju-ji Temple which has been known for its water garden and Iris laevigata since the Heian period. It is also the place where the Ariwara no Narihira wrote a poem in the Ise Monogatari using the five initial letters of Ka-Ki-Tsu-Ba-Ta. The poem goes:
- KArakoromo KItsutsu narenishi TSUma shi areba HArubaru kinuru TAbi wo shi zo omou (HA can also be read BA).
The Kikatsubata is the prefectural flower of Aichi prefecture as well as of Chiryū City. Each year at the end of April a festival is held in the temple garden as a celebration of the flowering.
Noted people from Chiryū
- Seiji Suzuki – politician
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