|• Mayor||Yoshihiro Baba|
|• Total||24.70 km2 (9.54 sq mi)|
(March 1, 2022)
|• Density||9,300/km2 (24,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+09:00 (JST)|
|City hall address||1-1 Honmachi, Neyagawa-shi, Ōsaka-fu 572-8555|
Neyagawa (寝屋川市, Neyagawa-shi) is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2022[update], the city had an estimated population of 228,802 in 111,545 households and a population density of 9,300 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 24.70 square kilometres (9.54 sq mi).
Neyagawa is located on the left bank of the Yodo River in the northeastern part of Osaka Prefecture, 15 km from the center of Osaka city and 35 km from the center of Kyoto city. It is 7.22 km north–south, 6.89 km east–west. The city's terrain can be broadly divided into eastern hills and western flatlands. The eastern hills are part of the Ikoma Mountains, about 50m above sea level, and the flat western part is mainly composed of alluvium and is 2 to 3m above sea level. The highest point is 109.6m around the Ishinohōden Kofun.
Neyagawa has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Neyagawa is 15.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1475 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.1 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.7 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Neyagawa increased extremely rapidly in the 1960s, leveled off until the 2000s and has slowly started to decrease.
The area of the modern city of Neyagawa was within ancient Kawachi Province. The village of Kukasho was established within Matta District with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1896, the area became part of Kitakawachi District, Osaka. Kukasho was elevated to town status on February 1, 1943. On April 1, 1943, it was merged with the villages of Tomorogi, Toyono and Neyagawa to form the city of Neyagawa.
Neyagawa has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 24 members. Neyagawa contributes two members to the Osaka Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Osaka 12th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
Neyagawa is a regional commercial center with some high manufacturing.
Universities and colleges
Primary and secondary education
Neyagawa has 24 public elementary schools and ten public middle schools operated by the city government and three public high schools operated by the Osaka Prefectural Department of Education. There is also one private elementary school and two private combined middle/high schools. The prefecture also operates one special education school for the handicapped and one technical school.
Sister city relations
- Susami, Wakayama, Japan - Friendship city agreement concluded in 1976
- Mimasaka, Okayama, Japan - Friendship city agreement concluded in 1991 (with former Ohara town)
- Newport News, Virginia United States - Sister city agreement concluded in 1982
- Oakville, Ontario, Canada - Sister city agreement concluded in 1984
- Luwan District, Shanghai, China - Friendship city agreement concluded in 1994. Luwan has since been merged into Huangpu District since June 2011.
- Ishinohōden Kofun, National Historic Site
Notable people from Neyagawa
- Gōeidō Gōtarō, sumo wrestler, ranked at ōzeki
- Masaki Okimoto, professional wrestler
- Nana Okada, Japanese idol, singer, member of J-pop girl group AKB48, former member of STU48
- Koji Uehara, baseball player, member of the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox
- Yoshiyuki Fuchiwaki, former baseball player (Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes, Nippon Professional Baseball)
- Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese idol, singer and musician, member of J-pop duo PUFFY
- Mio Ootani, Japanese gravure idol
- Ryo Tadokoro, Japanese football player (Yokohama FC, J1 League)
- Hiroshi Ōsaka, Japanese animator, character designer and illustrator
- Fujiwara, Japanese comedy duo
- Tomokatsu Kitagawa, Japanese politician
- Kaoru Tada, Japanese manga artist
- Naoto Tsuru, baseball player (Hanshin Tigers, Nippon Professional Baseball - Central League)
- Naoki Matayoshi, Japanese comedian, screenwriter, and novelist
- Yuri Nakamura, Zainichi Korean actress and former singer
- Daiki Numa, Japanese footballer (Vonds Ichihara, Kantō Soccer League)
- Koji Uehara, former baseball player
- Emiko Ueno, former female badminton player
- Ura Kazuki, sumo wrestler
- "Neyagawa city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
- Neyagawa climate data
- Neyagawa population statistics
- "Neyagawa City Homepage". Archived from the original on 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
- "Oakville's Sister City - Neyagawa, Japan". Oakville.ca. Town of Oakville. Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- Neyagawa City official website (in Japanese)