Sukagawa, Fukushima

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Sukagawa
須賀川市
City
Flag of Sukagawa
Flag
Location of Sukagawa in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Sukagawa in Fukushima Prefecture
Sukagawa is located in Japan
Sukagawa
Sukagawa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°17′N 140°23′E / 37.283°N 140.383°E / 37.283; 140.383Coordinates: 37°17′N 140°23′E / 37.283°N 140.383°E / 37.283; 140.383
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Katsuya Hashimoto
Area
 • Total 279.55 km2 (107.93 sq mi)
Population (1 May, 2011[1])
 • Total 78,631
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Japanese Red Pine
- Flower Peony
- Bird Common Kingfisher
Address 135 Hachimanmachi, Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima-ken
962-8601
Phone number 0248-75-1111
Website Sukagawa City
Sukagawa City

Sukagawa (須賀川市 Sukagawa-shi?) is a city located in the center of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. It is famous for both its peony garden (Botan En), a national scenic beauty, and its torch festival which has been hereditary for over 400 years.

Sukagawa is also known for Eiji Tsuburaya and Kokichi Tsuburaya, Denzen Aōdō, a painter, and Yuki Kadokura, a singer.

History[edit]

During the Edo period, Sukagawa belonged to the Shirakawa Domain. It was prospering as a major lodging place on Ōshū Kaidō, which is one of the Edo Five Routes, and was the commercial center in the region. But after mid-Meiji period, Koriyama, which had succeeded in inviting the junction of West Ban'etsu Line, took its presence. After the earthquake of 2011, the Fujinuma Dam failed and a part of the city was destroyed. See also Radiation effects from Fukushima I nuclear accidents.

Mergers[edit]

  • The modern city of Sukagawa was founded on March 31, 1954, by the consolidation of Sukagawa Town, Hamada Town, Nishibukuro Village and Inada Village (all from Iwase District), and Oshioe Village (from Ishikawa District).
  • Later, Sukagawa absorbed Niida Village (from Iwase District) on March 10, 1955, and then absorbed Ohigashi Village (from Ishikawa District) on February 1, 1967.
  • On April 1, 2005, Sukagawa recently absorbed Naganuma Town and Iwase Village (both from Iwase District).

Demographics[edit]

As of January 1, 2005.

Name of Area Population (persons) Surface (km²) Population density (persons/km²)
Sukagawa 22,523 8.55 2634.27
Hamada 5,570 12.06 461.86
Nishibukuro 17,424 23.60 738.31
Inada 4,463 16.16 276.18
Oshioe 4,386 34.43 127.39
Niida 7,557 18.79 402.18
Ohigashi 6,049 41.39 146.15
Naganuma 6,639 60.34 106.98
Iwase 6,146 64.23 93.31
Total 80,757 279.55 288.88

Events[edit]

Sukagawa city holds a well-known fireworks display every summer in August. About three hundred thousand spectators view this display each year. Approximately one hundred thousand separate fireworks of various kinds are fired off.

Transportation[edit]

Sukagawa is connected to Japan through Sukagawa Station (須賀川駅 sukagawa-eki) a railway station served by Tōhoku Main Line.

It is also the only city in the Fukushima prefecture that boasts an airport; Fukushima Airport was opened on May 20, 1993 with regular domestic flights to Sapporo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Naha and international flights to Shanghai and Seoul.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estimated population May 1, 2011". Official Fukushima Prefecture website. Retrieved 29 July 2011. (Japanese)

External links[edit]

Media related to Sukagawa, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons