Kitakata, Fukushima

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Flag of Kitakata
Location of Kitakata in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Kitakata in Fukushima Prefecture
Kitakata is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°39′N 139°52′E / 37.650°N 139.867°E / 37.650; 139.867Coordinates: 37°39′N 139°52′E / 37.650°N 139.867°E / 37.650; 139.867
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
 • Mayor Hideo Shirai
 • Total 554.67 km2 (214.16 sq mi)
Population (1 May 2011)
 • Total 51,955
 • Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Iide Cryptomeria
- Flower Himesayuri (Lilium rubellum)
- Bird Wagtail
- Fish Three-spined stickleback
- Others Insect: Firefly
Address 7244-2 Oshimizuhigashi, Kitakata-shi, Fukushima-ken
Phone number 0241-24-5211
Website Kitakata City

Kitakata (喜多方市 Kitakata-shi?) is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Kitakata was once written '北方', which meant 'northern place'.[1] The city was founded on March 31, 1954.

As of May 2011, the city has an estimated population of 51,955[2] with a population density of 94 persons per km². The total area is 554.67 km².

The city is well known for its distinctive ramen. The area within its former city boundaries has the highest per-capita number of ramen establishments in Japan. Ramen has such prominence in the region that locally, the word soba usually refers to ramen, and not to actual soba which is referred to as nihon soba ("Japanese soba"). Kitakata's ramen consists of rather thick, flat, curly noodles served in a pork and niboshi broth.

The city has over 2,600 kura storehouses which are now typically used as sake breweries, living quarters and workshops.[3]

The municipality has recently introduced the use of lacquerware in school meals served in the city, as a precaution against possible endocrine disruptors which may be present in common chemicals.

In 1882, more than 3,000 peasants gathered at the Danjo-ga-hara Field in Shiokawa and then marched on the Kitakata Police Station to rebel against the oppression of the prefectural government. Known as the Kitakata Incident of 1882, it was the first people's rights movement in the Tohoku area.[1]

On January 4, 2006, the towns of Shiokawa and Yamato, and the villages of Atsushiokanō and Takasato (all from Yama District) were merged into Kitakata.

Sister City[edit]


  1. ^ a b Fukushima Today & Tomorrow, page 18
  2. ^ "Estimated population May 1, 2011". Official Fukushima Prefecture website. Retrieved 29 July 2011. (Japanese)
  3. ^ Japan, Lonely Planet (2007) p505.


Takeda, Toru; Hishinuma, Tomio; Oguma, Chiyoichi; Takiguchi, R. (December 20, 1991), Fukushima Today & Tomorrow (1st ed.), Tokyo: Kenkyusha, p. 18, ISBN 4-327-76309-8 

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