Takehara, Hiroshima

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Takehara
竹原市
City
Takehara city hall
Takehara city hall
Flag of Takehara
Flag
Location of Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture
Location of Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture
Takehara is located in Japan
Takehara
Takehara
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°20′N 132°55′E / 34.333°N 132.917°E / 34.333; 132.917Coordinates: 34°20′N 132°55′E / 34.333°N 132.917°E / 34.333; 132.917
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'yō)
Prefecture Hiroshima Prefecture
Area
 • Total 118.3 km2 (45.7 sq mi)
Population (October 2009)
 • Total 29,093
 • Density 246/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Bamboo
- Flower Ume
Address 5-1-35 Takehara Chuo, Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken
725-8666
Phone number 0846-22-2270
Website www.city.takehara.lg.jp

Takehara (竹原市 Takehara-shi?) is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on November 3, 1958.

As of 2009, the city has an estimated population of 29,093 and a population density of 246 persons per km². The total area is 118.30 km².

Ōkunoshima, the island where a poison gas plant of the Imperial Japanese Army was located, belongs to Takehara.

Occupying a strategic location on the Seto Inland Sea, it became renowned as a port city in the Muromachi period and then flourished as a centre of the salt industry in the latter days of the Edo period. More recently, it has styled itself as 'The Little Kyoto of Aki' and the Special Historical District of old warehouses was selected as one of Japan's '100 Most Scenic Towns'.

Tourism[edit]

Museums[edit]

Mountains and islands[edit]

Little Kyoto of Aki Province[edit]

Hot springs[edit]

  • Yusaka Onsen-kyo[15]
  • Bamboo Joy Highland[16]

Festivals[edit]

  • Miyakoto Matsuri[17] (April)
  • Nika Renge Matsuri[18] (April)
  • Take Matsuri[19] (May)
  • Tadanoumi Gion Matsuri[20] (July)
  • Takehara Tanabata Matsuri[21] (July)
  • Tadanoumi Tenjin Yoichi[22] (July)
  • Takehara Sumiyoshi Matsuri[23] (August)
  • Takehara Summer Festival Fireworks[24] (August)
  • Fukuda Shishimai[25] (October)
  • Machinami Takeakari[26] (October)
  • Takehara Ekiden[27] (October)
  • Rabbit Cross Country[28] (November)
  • Futamado-myojin-sai[29] (February)

Sister cities[edit]

Takehara has a sister city relationship with Damyang in South Korea.[citation needed]

Notable people from Takehara[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Takehara is the setting for the slice-of-life anime series Tamayura.[31]

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