Akashi from Akashi Castle.
Location of Akashi in Hyōgo Prefecture
|• Mayor||Fusaho Izumi (since May 2011)|
|• Total||49.22 km2 (19.00 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2011)|
|• Density||5,907.68/km2 (15,300.8/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Sweet Osmanthus|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City Hall Address||1-5-1 Nakasaki, Akashi-shi, Hyogo-ken
As of April 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 290,776, with 117,392 households, and a population density of 5,907.68 persons per km². The total area is 49.22 square kilometres (19 sq mi).
On July 21, 2001, 11 people were killed and 247 injured in a pedestrian stampede after a fireworks show. Five city and civil officials were subsequently convicted for negligence for not preventing the disaster.
Akashi Municipal Planetarium stands on the meridian of 135 degrees east longitude, that is used to determine Japan Standard Time. Contrary to the name, the terminus of the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge that connects Honshu to Awaji Island (and thereby to Shikoku) is not in Akashi but in Tarumi-ku, Kōbe.
Politics and government
Akashi is governed by Mayor Hiroto Kitaguchi, an independent. The city assembly has 31 elected members and is dominated by independents.
Akashi is well known for Akashiyaki, a kind of takoyaki particular to the region. Small pieces of octopus (tako) are placed inside a ball-shaped mold containing a mixture of flour and eggs and this is then fried. Akashiyaki is often eaten by dipping in a thin soup. Akashi is the site of the Uontana (Uo-no-Tana, 魚の棚, lit."fish-shelf") Fish Market where local fishermen display an array of fresh seafood caught in the Akashi Strait.
Akashi Park Stadium is a track and field stadium that can hold 20,000 spectators.
Principal sights of Akashi
- Akashi Station
- Asagiri Station
- Nishi-Akashi Station (also a Sanyō Shinkansen station)
- Ōkubo Station
- Uozumi Station
The Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line passes through the city with stations at:
- Eigashima Station
- Fujie Station
- Hayashisaki-Matsuekaigan Station
- Higashi-Futami Station
- Hitomarumae Station
- Nakayagi Station
- Nishi-Eigashima Station
- Nishi-Futami Station
- Nishi-Shimmachi Station
- Ōkuradani Station
- Sanyo Akashi Station
- Sanyo Uozumi Station
- Japan National Route 2 (Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Shimonoseki)
- Japan National Route 28 (Kobe, Tokushima)
- Japan National Route 175 (Maizuru)
- Japan National Route 250 (Kobe, Okayama)
- Japan National Route 427 (Nishiwaki, Asago)
- Second Shinmei Road (Kobe)
Twin towns – Sister cities
Akashi is twinned with:
- Kyodo News, "Ex-cop pleads not guilty in fatal '01 Akashi crush", Japan Times, 20 January 2012, p. 1.
- "Yamato Scale corporate profile". Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- "Vallejo Sister City". Vallejo Sister City Association. Retrieved 2013-09-11.