Kitakata, Fukushima

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Kitakata City Hall
Kitakata City Hall
Flag of Kitakata
Official seal of Kitakata
Location of Kitakata in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Kitakata in Fukushima Prefecture
Kitakata is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°39′N 139°52′E / 37.650°N 139.867°E / 37.650; 139.867Coordinates: 37°39′N 139°52′E / 37.650°N 139.867°E / 37.650; 139.867
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
 • - Mayor Hideo Shirai
 • Total 554.67 km2 (214.16 sq mi)
Population (1 October 2017[1])
 • Total 48,062
 • Density 87/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
• Tree Cryptomeria
• Flower Himesayuri (Lilium rubellum)
• Bird Wagtail
• Fish Three-spined stickleback
• Insect Firefly
Phone number 0241-24-5211
Address 7244-2 Oshimizuhigashi, Kitakata-shi, Fukushima-ken 966-8601
Website Kitakata City HP

Kitakata (喜多方市, Kitakata-shi) is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. As of October 2017, the city had an estimated population of 48,062 and a population density of 87 persons per km2. The total area was 554.67 km2. Kitakata was once written '北方', which meant 'northern place'.[2]


Kitakami is located at the far northern Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, bordered by Yamagata Prefecture to the north.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Kitakata was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and formed part of the holdings of Aizu Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Yama District, and Kitakata was established as a town in 1875. . In 1882, more than 3,000 peasants gathered at the Danjo-ga-hara Field in Shiokawa and then marched on the Kitakata Police Station to rebel against the oppression of the prefectural government. Known as the Kitakata Incident of 1882, it was the first people's rights movement in the Tohoku area.[2]

Kitakata Town was raised to city status on March 31, 1954. On January 4, 2006, the towns of Shiokawa and Yamato, and the villages of Atsushiokanō and Takasato (all from Yama District) were merged into Kitakata.





Sister city relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Kitakata is well known for its distinctive ramen. The area within its former city boundaries has the highest per-capita number of ramen establishments in Japan. Ramen has such prominence in the region that locally, the word soba usually refers to ramen, and not to actual soba which is referred to as nihon soba ("Japanese soba"). Kitakata's ramen consists of rather thick, flat, curly noodles served in a pork and niboshi broth.

The city has over 2,600 kura storehouses which are now typically used as sake breweries, living quarters and workshops.[3]

Noted people from Kitakata[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kitakata, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ "福島県の推計人口". Fukushima Prefecture. Retrieved October 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Takeda, Toru; Hishinuma, Tomio; Oguma, Chiyoichi; Takiguchi, R. (December 20, 1991), Fukushima Today & Tomorrow (1st ed.), Tokyo: Kenkyusha, p. 18, ISBN 4-327-76309-8 
  3. ^ Japan, Lonely Planet (2007) p505.