Hirakata (枚方市 Hirakata-shi) is a city located in northeastern Osaka Prefecture, Japan. It is known for Hirakata Park, an amusement park which includes roller coasters made of wood.
As of January 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 411,777, and a population density of 6,327.24 persons per km². The total area of the city is 65.07 km².
Hirakata was briefly the capital of Japan during the reign of Emperor Keitai. The life of the Imperial court was centered at Kusuba Palace Palace where the emperor lived in 507–511.
The modern city was founded on August 1, 1947. On April 1, 2001, Hirakata was designated as a special city of Japan.
- Soichiro Terashima (in office 1947 - 1955, 1959 - 1967) former mayor of Hirakata-chō
- Harufumi Hatakeyama (1955 - 1959)
- Tomizō Yamamura (1967 - 1975)
- Kazuo Kitamaki (1975 - 1991)
- Kazuo Ōshio (1991 - 1995)
- Hiroshi Nakatsuka (1995 - 2007)
- Osamu Takeuchi (2007 - Present)
Colleges and universities
- Kansai Gaidai University
- Osaka Dental University
- Kansai Medical University
- Setsunan University
- Osaka International University
- Osaka Institute of Technology
- National Tax College
Companies with offices in Hirakata
Sister and friendship cities
- Shimanto, Kōchi, Japan - Friendship city agreement concluded in 1974 (with former Nakamura city)
- Betsukai, Hokkaidō, Japan - Friendship city agreement concluded in 1987
- Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan - Friendship city agreement concluded in 1987 (with former Shionoe town)
- Chang Ning District, Shanghai, China - Sister city agreement concluded in 1987
- Logan City, Queensland, Australia - Sister city agreement concluded in 1995
Notable people from Hirakata
Traditional site of Kusuba-no-Miya Palace in Hirakata
Hirakata-shi Station Minami Entrance