Ikeda, Osaka

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Location of Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture
Location of Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture
Ikeda is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°49′N 135°26′E / 34.817°N 135.433°E / 34.817; 135.433Coordinates: 34°49′N 135°26′E / 34.817°N 135.433°E / 34.817; 135.433
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Osaka Prefecture
 • Mayor Kaoru Kurata
 • Total 22.09 km2 (8.53 sq mi)
Population (January 2010)
 • Total 104,704
 • Density 4,740/km2 (12,300/sq mi)
 • Tree Camphor laurel
 • Flower Satsuki azalea
 • Bird Oriental turtle dove
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-1-1, Jōnan, Ikeda-shi, Ōsaka-fu
Website www.city.ikeda.osaka.jp

Ikeda (池田市 Ikeda-shi?) is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 104,704 and a population density of 4,740 persons per km2. The total area is 22.09 km2.

In the Edo period, Ikeda had a castle occupied by a daimyo, the seat of a 50,000 goku domain. It was famous for Ikeda-zumi (Ikeda charcoal) traded by Ikeda merchants. In Cha no yu Ikeda-zumi is loved because of its high quality even today.

The city was founded formally on April 29, 1939. It was developed as an urban town by a local railway company, Hankyu Dentetsu. Its founder Kobayashi Ichizo (Itsuo) lived there also.

Ikeda boasts two cultural attractions: the Itsuō Art Museum and Ikeda Bunko (Ikeda Archive). Itsuo Art Museum holds the Itsuo Collection which is mainly Japanese art for cha-no-yu; Ikeda Bunko holds collections on Takarazuka and other materials related to Hankyu Dentetsu. There is also a municipal Zoo named Satsukiyama Zoo.

It is also home to the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum.

On June 8, 2001, the Osaka school massacre occurred in this city. A man entered an elementary school and fatally stabbed eight children in the school. Many pupils have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. To avoid flashback memories of the massacre and to improve school security, the school buildings were remodeled and subsequently occupied in April 2004. On September 14, 2004, Mamoru Takuma was executed for the murders.


Airports near Ikeda[edit]



Major Company Headquarters in Ikeda[edit]

JAL Express headquarters in Ikeda

JAL Express has its headquarters on the grounds of Osaka International Airport and in Ikeda.[2][3][4]

Sister cities[edit]


  1. ^ "Corporate Info." Daihatsu. Retrieved on February 5, 2010.
  2. ^ "Japan Airlines." oneworld. Retrieved on February 5, 2010. "Operational headquarters is located at Itami Airport, Osaka and the carrier has 400 employees."
  3. ^ "会社概要." JAL Express. Retrieved on February 5, 2010.
  4. ^ "株式会社ジャル エクスプレス 大阪本社." Mapple. Retrieved on February 5, 2010.

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