Akitakata, Hiroshima

Coordinates: 34°39′47″N 132°42′23″E / 34.66306°N 132.70639°E / 34.66306; 132.70639
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Akitakata city hall
Akitakata city hall
Flag of Akitakata
Official seal of Akitakata
Location of Akitakata in Hiroshima Prefecture
Location of Akitakata
Akitakata is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°39′47″N 132°42′23″E / 34.66306°N 132.70639°E / 34.66306; 132.70639
RegionChūgoku (San'yō)
 • MayorShinji Ijimaru (since August 2020)
 • Total537.75 km2 (207.63 sq mi)
 (May 1, 2023)
 • Total26,810
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall addressYoshidachō, Yoshida 791, Akitakata-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-0592
WebsiteOfficial website
TreeCherry blossom
ruins of Yoshida Koriyama Castle
Aerial view of Yoshida urban center

Akitakata (安芸高田市, Akitakata-shi) is a city located in north-central Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 May 2023, the city had an estimated population of 26,810 in 13,319 households and a population density of 50 persons per km².[1] The total area of the city is 537.75 square kilometres (207.63 sq mi).The city lays claim to be the birthplace and hometown of Mōri Motonari, the Sengoku period daimyō of the 16th century.


Akitakata is located in north-central Hiroshima Prefecture, and is surrounded by the Chugoku Mountains. The Midori and Takamiya neighborhoods of the city are designated as heavy snowfall areas.

Adjoining municipalities[edit]

Hiroshima Prefecture

Shimane Prefecture


Akitakata has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Akitakata is 13.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1581 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.6 °C.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Izumi has risen steadily over the past century.

Historical population
1950 57,214—    
1960 49,715−13.1%
1970 38,541−22.5%
1980 36,984−4.0%
1990 36,115−2.3%
2000 34,439−4.6%
2010 31,497−8.5%
Higashihiroshima population statistics[4]


The area of Akitakata is part of ancient Aki Province. During the Sengoku period, the Mōri clan, once minor local warlords, rose under the leadership of Mōri Motonari to dominate the Chūgoku region of western Japan. The 1540-1541 Siege of Koriyama between the Mōri clan and the rival Amago clan occurred in what is now the Yoshida neighborhood of Akitakata.[5] After the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the area was part of the holdings of Hiroshima Domain. Following the Meiji restoration, the area was organized into villages within Takata District, including the village of Yoshida, with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Yoshida was raised to town status on January 1, 1896. The city of Akitakata was established on March 1, 2004, from the merger Yoshida with the towns of Kōda, Midori, Mukaihara, Takamiya, Yachiyo (all from Takata District). Therefore, Takata District was dissolved as a result of this merger.


Akitakata has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 16 members. Akitakata contributes one member to the Hiroshima Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of the Hiroshima 3rd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Hiroshima vote-buying scandal[edit]

The mayor of Akitakata, Hiroshi Kodama, admitted receiving 600,000 yen from former Minister of Justice Katsuyuki Kawai and appeared at a news conference on 26 June 2020 with a shaved head to express his remorse. He resigned a week later, having stayed in office for only two and a half months. Other recipients of the cash gifts included several elected representatives in the city, amongst them the Speaker and the vice-Speaker of the Municipal Assembly.[6]


The economy of Akitaka is based on agriculture and food processing.


Akitakata has nine public elementary schools and six public junior high schools operated by the city government, and two public high schools operated by the Hiroshima prefectural Board of Education.



JR West (JR West) - San'yō Main Line


Sister city relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Akitakata is a mountainous farming area known for many traditional events as well as certain food products. One such food product is Ebisu tea, a sweet fragrant tea, that comes from Mukaihara Town. Another is yuzu juice (柚子ジュース), a product of the Kawane area of Takamiya town in the northeastern part of the city.

Notable places[edit]


Kagura, an ancient traditional form of Shinto dance and music, is still alive there today. The towns of Midori and Takamiya practice the "new dance" style, which is not actually new at all, just a later emergent performance style compared to the "old style". (There is a Kagura village in Midori town called Kaguramonzentojimura where various Kagura performances and competitions begin in August and last until December.)

Akitakata City is in the countryside, and still maintains many traditional local festivals. One such is Hanadaue, or rice-planting festival where men play flutes and taiko while women sing and plant rice.


  1. ^ "Akitakata city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ Akitakata climate data
  3. ^ Izumi population statistics
  4. ^ Higashihiroshima population statistics
  5. ^ Akitakata City Promotion Department, Commerce, Industry, and Tourism Division Historical Guide 2004
  6. ^ "More Japan politicians admit accepting cash from ex-justice minister, but few resign". The Mainichi. 2020-07-02. Retrieved 2021-01-14.

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