Takarazuka, Hyōgo

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Takarazuka
宝塚市
Special city
Muko River and Takarazuka Revue
Muko River and Takarazuka Revue
Flag of Takarazuka
Flag
Location of Takarazuka in Hyōgo Prefecture
Location of Takarazuka in Hyōgo Prefecture
Takarazuka is located in Japan
Takarazuka
Takarazuka
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°48′N 135°22′E / 34.800°N 135.367°E / 34.800; 135.367Coordinates: 34°48′N 135°22′E / 34.800°N 135.367°E / 34.800; 135.367
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Hyōgo Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Tomoko Nakagawa
Area
 • Total 101.89 km2 (39.34 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2008)
 • Total 222,198
 • Density 2,161.0/km2 (5,597/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Camellia sasanqua, Cornus kousa
- Flower Viola mandshurica (Japanese violet/Sumire)
- Bird Cettia diphone, Matacilla grandis
Address 1-1 Tōyō-chō, Takarazuka-shi, Hyōgo-ken
665-8665
Phone number 0797-71-1141
Website City of Takarazuka

Takarazuka (宝塚市 Takarazuka-shi?)[1] is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 1, 2008, the city has an estimated population of 222,198 and a population density of 2,161 persons per km². The total area is 101.89 km².

Geography[edit]

Takarazuka from the Muko River

Takarazuka is nestled between the Rokko Range to the west and Nagao Range to the north with the Muko River running through the center of the city.

A bedroom community for Osaka and Kobe, there are quiet, upscale residential neighborhoods like Nigawa, Sakasegawa, and Hibarigaoka.

Known as the inner parlor of Kansai, Takarazuka is famous for the Takarazuka Revue, hot springs, and the Takarazuka Tourism Fireworks Display held since 1913. It is also famous as a choice residential area along with Ashiya and Nishinomiya.

At one time, the idea was raised of merging Takarazuka with Itami, Kawanishi, and Inagawa, but it is currently on hold.

History[edit]

  • 825: Sumiyoshi Shrine built.
  • Between 1492 and 1500: Kohama town was established as a temple town for Koushou-ji.
  • 17th Century: Kohama Inn was established as a post station on Arima Road.
  • 1887: Takarazuka hot springs opened.
  • 1897: Hankaku Railroad (current Fukuchiyama Line) completed.
  • 1910: Minoh Arima Electric Railway (current Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line completed.
  • 1910s-1940s: The age of Hanshinkan Modernism. Takarazuka was a center of the culture.
  • April 1, 1914: First performance by Takarazuka Girls' Opera (current Takarazuka Revue).
  • March 15, 1951: Kohama Village, Kawabe District incorporated as Town of Takarazuka (宝塚町 Takarazuka-chō).
  • April 1, 1954: Town of Takarazuka and Yoshimoto Village, Muko District merge to become City of Takarazuka (宝塚市 Takarazuka-shi).
  • March 10, 1955: Nagao Village, Kawabe District annexed.
  • March 14, 1955: Nishitani Village, Kawabe District annexed.
  • April 1, 1955: Ogino, Aramaki, Kounoike, and Ohno-Nitta ceded to Itami.
  • January 17, 1995: Great Hanshin earthquake causes more than 100 casualties.
  • April 1, 2003: Designated as a Special City.
  • April 1, 2004: 50th anniversary of establishment as city.

Government[edit]

Mayor: Tomoko Nakagawa (中川智子) (re-elected April 2013)

Economy[edit]

HI-LEX Corporation, a manufacturer of remote-controlling cables and accessories for multiple applications is headquartered in the city.[2]

Sister Cities/Partner Cities[edit]

Domestic[edit]

International[edit]

Locality[edit]

Education[edit]

Elementary Schools
Ryogen Municipal, Takarazuka Number 1 Municipal, Kohama Municipal, Takarazuka Municipal, Nagao Municipal, Nishitani Municipal, Nigawa Municipal, Nishiyama Municipal, Mefu Municipal, Nagao South Municipal, Suenari Municipal, Akura Municipal, Nakayama-Sakuradai Municipal, Nagaodai Municipal, Sakasedai Municipal, Miza Municipal, Koumyo Municipal, Suehiro Municipal, Nakayama-Satsukidai Municipal, Maruhashi Municipal, Takatsukasa Municipal, Akura North Municipal, Sumiregaoka Municipal, Yamatedai Municipal, Hibarigaoka Academy
Junior High Schools
Takarazuka Number 1 Municipal, Takarazuka Municipal, Nagao Municipal, Nishitani Municipal, Houbai Municipal, Takatsukasa Municipal, South Hibarigaoka Municipal, Akura Municipal, Nakayama-Satsukidai Municipal, Gotenyama Municipal, Hikarigaoka Municipal, Yamatedai Municipal, Hibarigaoka Academy, Obayashi Seishin Women's Institute
Senior High Schools
Takarazuka Prefectural, Takarazuka West Prefectural, Takarazuka East Prefectural, Takarazuka North Prefectural, Hibarigaoka Academy, Obayashi Seishin Women's Institute
Miscellaneous Schools
Takarazuka Music School
Vocational Colleges
Municipal Nursing College
Universities
Koshien University, Takarazuka University of Art and Design

Neighboring Municipalities[edit]

Inagawa, Itami, Kawanishi, Kobe (Kita-ku), Nishinomiya, Sanda.

Specialty Products[edit]

Famous People from Takarazuka[edit]

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

Facilities[edit]

Takarazuka Hotel

Religious Institutions[edit]

Sightseeing and Festivals[edit]

Takarazuka Grand Theater and Bow Hall

Transportation[edit]

Railways[edit]

Railways connect the city to other cities in the region including Osaka. Takarazuka Station, serving all railway lines in the city listed below, plays an important role as the city's central station.

Highways[edit]

Buses[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The kanji 塚 (UTF-8 code FA1016), which is part of Takarazuka's official name (宝塚市), is not available on all systems. (It can be entered in Wikipedia with HTML character 塚.) When not available, the kanji 塚 (UTF-8 code 585A16, HTML character 塚) is used as a substitute, rendering Takarazuka as 宝塚市. ("Shirabetemimashita 'Takarazukashi' no zuka to ZU" (PDF). Kōhō Takarazuka 1026: 8. 2004-06-15. Retrieved 2007-03-05.  (Japanese))
  2. ^ "HI-LEX". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

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