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Location of Nōgata in Fukuoka Prefecture
|• Mayor||Toshiaki Kono (since April 2003)|
|• Total||61.78 km2 (23.85 sq mi)|
|Population (May 31, 2011)|
|• Density||953.03/km2 (2,468.3/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Tulipa, Lilium, Cosmos, Narcissus|
|Address||7-1 Tonomachi, Nogata-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Nōgata (直方市 Nōgata-shi?) is a city located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. Located near Kitakyūshū and Iizuka, Nōgata is in the center of the Chikuhō region of Fukuoka. The city was founded on January 1, 1931.
From the end of 19th century to the mid-20th century, Nōgata flourished as a center for mining coal. Chikuhō region had the largest output of coal in Japan, but as the primary energy source changed from coal to oil, all coal mines were closed. Since then, Nōgata has suffered from a declining population.
Attractions and events
Nōgata Coal Memorial Museum
Nōgata's Coal Memorial Museum provides visitors with the history of coal mines in the area. Its exhibits include a steam locomotive, the machines for digging and extracting coal, coal miner's clothes, and other memorabilia.
Ongagawa Riverside Park
In spring, it features blooms of yellow flowers, and in April, an annual Tulip Festival is held, making the park become colorful and bright. About 200,000 people visit the festival for the period. The park is also a site where a fireworks show is held each year.
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