Takarazuka, Hyōgo

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View of the City in Muko River
View of the City in Muko River
Flag of Takarazuka
Official seal of Takarazuka
Location of Takarazuka in Hyōgo Prefecture
Location of Takarazuka in Hyōgo Prefecture
Takarazuka is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°48′N 135°22′E / 34.800°N 135.367°E / 34.800; 135.367Coordinates: 34°48′N 135°22′E / 34.800°N 135.367°E / 34.800; 135.367
PrefectureHyōgo Prefecture
 • MayorTomoko Nakagawa
 • Total101.89 km2 (39.34 sq mi)
 (1 October 2016)
 • Total225,228
 • Density2,200/km2 (5,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address1-1 Tōyō-chō, Takarazuka-shi, Hyōgo-ken
BirdCettia diphone, Motacilla grandis
FlowerViola mandshurica (Japanese violet/sumire)
TreeCamellia sasanqua, Cornus kousa

Takarazuka (宝塚市, Takarazuka-shi)[1] is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 225,228 and a population density of 2,200 persons per km2. The total area is 101.89 km2.


  • 825: Sumiyoshi Shrine built.
  • Between 1492 and 1500: Kohama town was established as a temple town for Koushou-ji.
  • 17th century: Kohama Inn was established as a post station on Arima Road.
  • 1887: Takarazuka hot springs opened.
  • 1897: Hankaku Railroad (current Fukuchiyama Line) completed.
  • 1910: Minoh Arima Electric Railway (current Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line completed).
  • 1910s-1940s: The age of Hanshinkan Modernism. Takarazuka was a center of the culture.
  • April 1, 1914: First performance by Takarazuka Girls' Opera (current Takarazuka Revue).
  • March 15, 1951: Kohama Village, Kawabe District incorporated as Town of Takarazuka (宝塚町 Takarazuka-chō).
  • April 1, 1954: Town of Takarazuka and Yoshimoto Village, Muko District merge to become City of Takarazuka (宝塚市 Takarazuka-shi).
  • March 10, 1955: Nagao Village, Kawabe District annexed.
  • March 14, 1955: Nishitani Village, Kawabe District annexed.
  • April 1, 1955: Ogino, Aramaki, Kounoike, and Ohno-Nitta ceded to Itami.
  • January 17, 1995: Great Hanshin earthquake causes more than 100 casualties.
  • April 1, 2003: Designated as a Special City.
  • April 1, 2004: 50th anniversary of establishment as city.


Takarazuka from the Muko River

Takarazuka is nestled between the Rokko Range to the west and Nagao Range to the north with the Muko River running through the center of the city.

A bedroom community for Osaka and Kobe, there are quiet, upscale residential neighborhoods like Nigawa, Obayashi, Sakasegawa, and Hibarigaoka.

Known as the inner parlor of Kansai, Takarazuka is famous for the Takarazuka Revue, hot springs, and the Takarazuka Tourism Fireworks Display held since 1913. It is also famous as a choice residential area along with Ashiya and Nishinomiya.

At one time, the idea was raised of merging Takarazuka with Itami, Kawanishi, and Inagawa, but it is currently on hold.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Mayor: Tomoko Nakagawa (中川智子) (re-elected April 2013)


HI-LEX Corporation, a manufacturer of remote-controlling cables and accessories for multiple applications is headquartered in the city.[2]

ShinMaywa Industries, a manufacturer of military aircraft (especially seaplanes) and heavy duty trucks is headquartered in the city.[3]



Elementary Schools
Ryogen Municipal, Takarazuka Number 1 Municipal, Kohama Municipal, Takarazuka Municipal, Nagao Municipal, Nishitani Municipal, Nigawa Municipal, Nishiyama Municipal, Mefu Municipal, Nagao South Municipal, Suenari Municipal, Akura Municipal, Nakayama-Sakuradai Municipal, Nagaodai Municipal, Sakasedai Municipal, Miza Municipal, Koumyo Municipal, Suehiro Municipal, Nakayama-Satsukidai Municipal, Maruhashi Municipal, Takatsukasa Municipal, Akura North Municipal, Sumiregaoka Municipal, Yamatedai Municipal, Hibarigaoka Academy
Junior High Schools
Takarazuka Number 1 Municipal, Takarazuka Municipal, Nagao Municipal, Nishitani Municipal, Houbai Municipal, Takatsukasa Municipal, South Hibarigaoka Municipal, Akura Municipal, Nakayama-Satsukidai Municipal, Gotenyama Municipal, Hikarigaoka Municipal, Yamatedai Municipal, Hibarigaoka Academy, Obayashi Seishin Women's Institute
Senior High Schools
Takarazuka Prefectural, Takarazuka West Prefectural, Takarazuka East Prefectural, Takarazuka North Prefectural, Hibarigaoka Academy, Obayashi Seishin Women's Institute
Miscellaneous Schools
Takarazuka Music School
Vocational Colleges
Municipal Nursing College
Koshien University, Takarazuka University of Art and Design

There was formerly a North Korean school, Takarazuka Korean Elementary School (宝塚朝鮮初級学校). [4]

Specialty products[edit]

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

Notable people[edit]

Takarazuka Hotel


Religious institutions[edit]

Sightseeing and festivals[edit]

Takarazuka Grand Theater and Bow Hall



Railways connect the city to other cities in the region including Osaka. Takarazuka Station, serving all railway lines in the city listed below, plays an important role as the city's central station.



Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Takarazuka is twinned with:[5]


  1. ^ The kanji (UTF-8 code FA1016), which is part of Takarazuka's official name (宝塚市), is not available on all systems. (It can be entered in Wikipedia with HTML character 塚.) When not available, the kanji (UTF-8 code 585A16, HTML character 塚) is used as a substitute, rendering Takarazuka as 宝塚市. ("Shirabetemimashita 'Takarazukashi' no zuka to ZU" (PDF). Kōhō Takarazuka (in Japanese). 1026: 8. 2004-06-15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-03-05.)
  2. ^ "HI-LEX". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Shin Maywa". Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  4. ^ ウリハッキョ一覧. Chongryon. Retrieved October 14, 2015. (Archive).
  5. ^ "国際交流のページ". city.takarazuka.hyogo.jp (in Japanese). Takarazuka. Retrieved 2020-04-11.

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