Suma-ku, Kobe

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Suma-ku
須磨区
Ward of Kobe
View of Suma Beach from Mount Sumaura Amusement Park
View of Suma Beach from Mount Sumaura Amusement Park
Location of Suma-ku in Hyogo
Location of Suma-ku in Hyogo
Suma-ku is located in Japan
Suma-ku
Suma-ku
 
Coordinates: 34°39′01″N 135°07′50″E / 34.65028°N 135.13056°E / 34.65028; 135.13056Coordinates: 34°39′01″N 135°07′50″E / 34.65028°N 135.13056°E / 34.65028; 135.13056
Country Japan
Region Kinki (Kansai)
Prefecture Hyogo
City Kobe
Area
 • Total 30.00 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Population (February 1, 2012)
 • Total 166,324
 • Density 5,544.13/km2 (14,359.2/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Phone number 078-731-4341
Address 1-1-1Nakashima-cho, Suma-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken, 654-8570
Website www.city.kobe.lg.jp/ward/kuyakusho/suma

Suma (須磨区 Suma-ku?) is one of 9 wards of Kobe City in Japan. As of February 1, 2012, it has an area of 30.0 km², and a population of 166,324, with 71,745 households.

There is a white sandy beach in this ward, which attracts tourists to the Kansai region for sun bathing and popular events during the summer season. The same beach has appeared in the classic epics Genji monogatari, Heike monogatari, and Ise monogatari. Thus Suma is often referred as an utamakura or meisho, referenced frequently in waka poetry, Noh theatre, kabuki and jōruri.

Suma Temple
Tainohata Yakuyoke Hachimangu
Suma Aqualium in Suma beach
Mount Sumaura Park

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