Tosu, Saga

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Tosu
鳥栖市
City
Flag of Tosu
Flag
Location of Tosu in Saga Prefecture
Location of Tosu in Saga Prefecture
Tosu is located in Japan
Tosu
Tosu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°23′N 130°30′E / 33.383°N 130.500°E / 33.383; 130.500Coordinates: 33°23′N 130°30′E / 33.383°N 130.500°E / 33.383; 130.500
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Saga Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Yasushi Hashimoto (since March 2007)
Area
 • Total 71.73 km2 (27.70 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2009)
 • Total 68,100
 • Density 949/km2 (2,460/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Round Leaf Holly
- Flower Japanese Iris
- Bird Japanese White-eye
Address 1118 Shukumachi, Tosu-shi, Saga-ken
841-8511
Phone number 0942-85-3500
Website www.city.tosu.lg.jp
Sun Messe Tosu

Tosu (鳥栖市 Tosu-shi?) is a city located in the eastern part of Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.

As of January 1, 2009, the city has an estimated population of 68,100 and a population density of 949 persons per km². The total area is 71.73 km².

Overview[edit]

Tosu is one of the major transportation hubs of Kyushu. Its main train station is Tosu Station which connects the Nagasaki Main Line and the Kagoshima Main Line. There is also a junction connecting the Kyūshū Expressway, Nagasaki Expressway and Ōita Expressway. Economically it is part of the Fukuoka metropolitan area, and according to a 2000 census about 5% of the total population of Tosu commute to work or school in Fukuoka.

Geography[edit]

Located in the Saga Plains, the Chikushi River runs along the southern border of Tosu. The lowlands are used for paddy farming and are where the city center is located. The northwestern part of the city contains the eastern part of the Sefuri Mountaians.

Mountains[edit]

  • Mount Kusenbu (848 m)
  • Mount Ishidani (754 m)
  • Shiroyama (501 m)

Rivers[edit]

  • Akimitsu River
  • Ara River
  • Chikugo River
  • Daigi River
  • Hōman River
  • Yamashita River

Dams[edit]

  • Kawachi Dam

Adjoining municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

  • 1874 - Saga Rebellion. A battle between the government troops and the rebel army occurred on Mount Asahi.
  • 1889-04-01 - The modern municipal system iwas established. At this time Tosu consists of five separate villages: (Asahi, Fumoto, Kizato, Tashiro and Todoroki).
  • 1907-03-19 - Todoroki was elevated town status and was renamed Tosu.
  • 1936-03-11 - Tashiro was elevated to town status.
  • 1954-04-01 - Tosu Town absorbed Tashiro Town and Asahi, Fumoto and Kizato Villages to create Tosu City.

Education[edit]

Junior colleges[edit]

  • Kyushu Ryukoku Junior College

Senior high schools[edit]

  • Tosu Senior High School
  • Tosu Technical High School
  • Tosu Commercial High School

Junior high schools[edit]

  • Kanan Junior High School
  • Tosu Junior High School
  • Tosu Nishi Junior High School
  • Tashiro Junior High School
  • Kizato Junior High School

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Tosu Elementary School
  • Tosu Kita Elementary School
  • Tashiro Elementary School
  • Kizato Elementary School
  • Fumoto Elementary School
  • Asahi Elementary School
  • Wakaba Elementary School

Transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

Kyushu Shinkansen

The main station is Tosu Station. The Kyushu Shinkansen stops at Shin-Tosu Station.

Road[edit]

  • Prefectural roads:
    • Tosu-Asakura Route 14
    • Kurume-Kiyama-Chikushino Route 17
    • Saga-Kawakubo-Tosu Route 31

Scenic and historic places[edit]

  • Chikushi family Katsuo Castle ruins
  • Mount Asahi castle ruins
  • Tosu Stadium
Tosu Football Stadium

Sightseeing spots[edit]

  • Azumaya
  • Kawachi Dam area
    • Torigoe and Yamabiko mountain retreats
    • Shimin no mori
    • Kawachi swimming pool
  • Mount Asahi Park
  • Mount Kusenbu
  • Nakatomi Commemorative Medicine Museum
  • Ochōzu waterfall
    • Numakawa swimming pool
  • Saga racecourse
  • Tashiro Park
  • Tosu Premium Outlets
Tosu Premium Outlets

Festivals and events[edit]

  • Tosu Yayoi Matsuri (last Sunday of March)
  • Hana no hi (May 4)
  • Tori no hi (Sunday between May 10 and May 16)
  • Matsuri Tosu (last Sunday of July)
  • Tosu Yamakasa (first Saturday and Sunday of summer vacation)
  • Doyō Yoichi (Saturday night market, end of July)

Sports[edit]

Notable people from Tosu[edit]

External links[edit]