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Nōgata city hall
Location of Nōgata in Fukuoka Prefecture
|• Mayor||Toshiaki Kono (since April 2003)|
|• Total||61.78 km2 (23.85 sq mi)|
|Population (May 31, 2011)|
|• Density||953.03/km2 (2,468.3/sq mi)|
|• Flower||Tulipa, Lilium, Cosmos, Narcissus|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||7-1 Tonomachi, Nogata-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Nōgata (直方市 Nōgata-shi) is a city located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. Located near Kitakyūshū and Iizuka, Nōgata is in the center of the Chikuhō region of Fukuoka. The city was founded on January 1, 1931.
From the end of 19th century to the mid-20th century, Nōgata flourished as a center for mining coal. The Chikuhō region had the largest output of coal in Japan, but as the primary energy source changed from coal to oil, all coal mines were closed. Since then, Nōgata has suffered from a declining population.
The oldest recorded meteorite fall occurred at Nōgata on May 19 in the year of 861.
Attractions and events
Nōgata Coal Memorial Museum
Nōgata's Coal Memorial Museum provides visitors with the history of coal mines in the area. Its exhibits include a steam locomotive, the machines for digging and extracting coal, coal miner's clothes, and other memorabilia. Closed Mondays. It is next to Taga Park.
Ongagawa Riverside Park
In spring, it features blooms of yellow flowers, and in April, a colorful Tulip Festival is held. About 200,000 people visit the festival for the period. The park is also a site where a fireworks show is held each year.
The city has train services on the Chikuho Main Line operated by JR Kyushu and Heisei Chikuho Railway Ita Line. Trains stop at Nōgata Station. It is also the terminus of the Chikuho Electric Railroad Line.
- "Fukutomi, Japan: 123 Years of Recent History". Retrieved 28 August 2014.
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