Location of Itami in Hyōgo Prefecture
|• Mayor||Yasuyuki Fujiwara|
|• Total||24.97 km2 (9.64 sq mi)|
|Population (January 2008)|
|• Density||7,790/km2 (20,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||1-1 Senzo, Itami-shi, Hyōgo-ken
Itami (伊丹市 Itami-shi?) is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. As of 2008, the city had an estimated population of 194,488 and a population density of 7,790 persons per km². The total area is 24.97 km². Itami sits on the Hankyu Railway Itami Line and the JR Takarazuka Line (Fukuchiyama Line).
The center of Itami became a wealthy town by the middle of Sengoku period. It was named Itami-go (town of Itami) and known as the only Japanese town within a castle (usually Japanese castles were located far from domestic areas). Itami-go was a part of Castle Arioka which Araki Murashige ruled under Oda Nobunaga. After the uprising and defeat of Araki, the castle was torn down.
Today's city was established on 10 November 1940. Great portions of the city were damaged in the Great Hanshin–Awaji earthquake of 1995, but were quickly rebuilt.
Most of Osaka International Airport is located in Itami (hence the common name "Itami Airport"): it is Osaka's primary domestic airport, although all international flights and many domestic flights shifted to Kansai International Airport in 1994. Despite the airport's association with Itami, the terminal complex in truth sits in the neighboring city of Toyonaka, and the Itami city center is connected to the airport only by a long tunnel that passes beneath the runway and tarmac.
The city is also famous for Koyaike Park, which features a large model of the Japanese archipelago set in a circular pond. The park is a frequent sight for passengers on flights into Itami Airport. Moreover, Itami is one of the important sake-brewing cities in Japan. Some historians claimed Itami was the place where seishu, clear sake, was invented.
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Japanese singer, songwriter Masami Okui was born in Itami.
- Aiko Uemura, mogul skier
- Akira Ueda, voice actor
- Hayato Sakamoto, baseball player
- Hiroyuki Nakajima, baseball player
- Katsuki Yamazaki, baseball player
- Masahiro Tanaka, baseball player
- Masami Okui, singer
- Yoko Minamino, actress
- Kasumi Arimura, actress
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- Dr. Katsuhiro Sasuga (28 October 2004). Microregionalism and Governance in East Asia. Routledge. p. 144. ISBN 0-415-33134-X.
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