Hirakata, Osaka

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Hirakata
枚方市
Special city
Flag of Hirakata
Flag
Location of Hirakata in Osaka Prefecture
Location of Hirakata in Osaka Prefecture
Hirakata is located in Japan
Hirakata
Hirakata
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°49′N 135°39′E / 34.817°N 135.650°E / 34.817; 135.650Coordinates: 34°49′N 135°39′E / 34.817°N 135.650°E / 34.817; 135.650
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Osaka Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Hiroshi Nakatsuka
Area
 • Total 65.08 km2 (25.13 sq mi)
Population (August 1, 2011)
 • Total 407,465
 • Density 6,260/km2 (16,200/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Willow
- Flower Chrysanthemum
- Bird Common Kingfisher
Address 2-1-20 Ogaito-chō, Hirakata-shi, Osaka-fu
573-8666
Phone number 72-841-1221
Website Official website

Hirakata (枚方市 Hirakata-shi?) is a city in northeastern Osaka Prefecture, Japan.[1] It is known for Hirakata Park, an amusement park which includes roller coasters made of wood.[2]

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.

History[edit]

The modern city was founded on August 1, 1947. On April 1, 2001, Hirakata was designated as a special city of Japan.

Mayors[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Kansai Gaidai University
  • Osaka Dental University
  • Kansai Medical University
  • Setsunan University
  • Osaka International University
  • Osaka Institute of Technology
  • National Tax College

Transportation[edit]

Hirakata-shi Station

Rail[edit]

Roads[edit]

Companies with offices in Hirakata[edit]

Sister and friendship cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hirakata" at Britannica.com; retrieved 2013-8-28.
  2. ^ "Hirakta Park" at Osaka-info.jp; retrieved 2013-8-28.

External links[edit]