Matsubara, Osaka

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Flag of Matsubara
Location of Matsubara in Osaka Prefecture
Location of Matsubara in Osaka Prefecture
Matsubara is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°35′N 135°33′E / 34.583°N 135.550°E / 34.583; 135.550Coordinates: 34°35′N 135°33′E / 34.583°N 135.550°E / 34.583; 135.550
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Osaka Prefecture
 • Mayor Takanori Nakano
 • Total 16.66 km2 (6.43 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2010 estimate)
 • Total 124,474
 • Density 7,470/km2 (19,300/sq mi)
 • Tree Pine (Matsu)
 • Flower Rose (Bara)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-1-1 Ao, Matsubara-shi, Ōsaka-fu

Matsubara (松原市 Matsubara-shi?) is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on February 1, 1955.

As of 2010 the city has an estimated population of 124,474 and a population density of 7,470 persons per km². The total area is 16.66 km².

Hannan University is located in Matsubara. Hannan University is a mid-sized liberal arts university with a focus on business and technology.



The Yamato, Nishi-Yoke, and Higashi-Yoke rivers flow through Matsubara.

Adjacent municipalities[edit]


In the 5th century AD, Emperor Hanzei is believed to have had his palace, Tajihi Shibagaki-no-Miya (丹比柴籬宮) in the area. The area that now comprises Matsubara was located in the historical Kawachi Province, which is still considered the (non-municipal) subregion to which it belongs. During the Edo Period, Matsubara was the administrative center of the Tannan Domain (丹南藩, -han), whose Tannan Encampment was located in present-day Tannan, Matsubara City.

  • 1889 (Meiji 22), April 1: The villages of Matsubara, Amami, Nunose, Miyake, and Ega are designated as part of Tanboku District.
  • 1896 (Meiji 29), April 1: Naka-Kawachi District is created, consolidated from the former districts of Tanboku, Takayasu, Ōgata, Kawachi, Wakae, and Shibukawa. The above villages thus become part of Naka-Kawachi District.
  • 1942 (Shōwa 17), July 1: The village of Matsubara is promoted to Town status, becoming Matsubara-chō, Naka-Kawachi District.
  • 1947 (Shōwa 22), January 1: The village of Amami is promoted to Town status, becoming Amami-chō, Naka-Kawachi District.
  • 1955 (Shōwa 30), February 1: The towns of Matsubara and Amami, along with the villages of Nunose, Miyake, and Ega, are consolidated into Matsubara City, Osaka Prefecture's 21st city.
  • 1957 (Shōwa 32)
    • April 1: Matsubara incorporated the Tannan area of Mihara-chō, Minami-Kawachi District (now Mihara-ku, Sakai).
    • October 15: Matsubara incorporated the Kawai area of Kita-Yashimo Village, Minami-Kawachi District
  • 1964 (Shōwa 39): The Kita-Wakabayashi area was made part of Yao City.

Friendship municipalities[edit]

In Japan[edit]

Tsukigase-mura, Yamabe District, Nara (now part of Nara City)
Friendship agreement since September 7, 1985
City office of Matsubara

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