Kitagata, Saga

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Kitagata Town
北方町
Former municipality
Kitagata Town is located in Japan
Kitagata Town
Kitagata Town
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°13′48″N 130°3′46″E / 33.23000°N 130.06278°E / 33.23000; 130.06278Coordinates: 33°13′48″N 130°3′46″E / 33.23000°N 130.06278°E / 33.23000; 130.06278
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Saga Prefecture
District Kishima
Merged March 1, 2006
(now part of Takeo)
Area
 • Total 27.25 km2 (10.52 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2004)
 • Total 8,427
 • Density 309.25/km2 (801.0/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Takeo City

For other places with the same name, see Kitagata (disambiguation).

Kitagata (北方町, Kitagata-machi) was a town located in Kishima District, Saga Prefecture, Japan.

On March 1, 2006, Kitagata, along with the town of Yamauchi (also from Kishima District), was merged into the expanded city of Takeo.

Geography[edit]

  • Rivers: Rokkaku River

Adjoining municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

During the Edo period the Nagasaki Kaidō passed through Kitagata. During the Meiji period the Nishiki coal mine was operated and the coal industry flourished. However, it closed in 1960.

  • April 1, 1889 - The modern system of municipalities was established. The area consisted of two villages: Kitagata and Hashishita.
  • April 29, 1944 - Kitagata Village became Kitagata Town.
  • April 1, 1956 - Part of Hashishita Village was incorporated into Kitagata Town. The remaining part was incorporated into Shiroishi Town.

Education[edit]

  • Kitagata Junior High School
  • Kitagata Elementary School

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Road[edit]

Notable places[edit]

  • Shiki no Oka Park
  • Daishō-ji