|This article is outdated. (April 2011)|
Location of Sukagawa in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Mayor||Katsuya Hashimoto|
|• Total||279.55 km2 (107.93 sq mi)|
|Population (1 May, 2011)|
|• Density||280/km2 (730/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese Red Pine|
|- Bird||Common Kingfisher|
|Address||135 Hachimanmachi, Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima-ken
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.
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.
- 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).
As of January 1, 2005.
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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.
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.
- "Estimated population May 1, 2011". Official Fukushima Prefecture website. Retrieved 29 July 2011.(Japanese)
Media related to Sukagawa, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons
- Sukagawa City official website (Japanese)
- Eiji Tsuburaya official website (Japanese)
- Sukagawa Peony Garden official website (Japanese)