Takarazuka ( 宝塚市 Takarazuka-shi) is a [1 ] city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.
As of April 1, 2008, the city has an estimated
population of 222,198 and a population density of 2,161 persons per km 2. The total area is 101.89 km 2.
Geography [ edit ]
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.
bedroom community for Osaka and Kobe, there are quiet, upscale residential neighborhoods like Nigawa, 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.
History [ edit ]
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.
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.
Government [ edit ]
Mayor: Tomoko Nakagawa (中川智子) (re-elected April 2013)
Economy [ edit ]
HI-LEX Corporation, a manufacturer of remote-controlling cables and accessories for multiple applications is headquartered in the city. [2 ]
Sister Cities/Partner Cities [ edit ]
Domestic [ edit ]
International [ edit ]
Locality [ edit ]
Education [ edit ]
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 Universities
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). [3 ]
Neighboring Municipalities [ edit ]
Inagawa, Itami, Kawanishi, Kobe (Kita-ku), Nishinomiya, Sanda.
Specialty Products [ edit ]
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
Notable people from Takarazuka [ edit ]
Facilities [ edit ]
Religious Institutions [ edit ]
Sightseeing and Festivals [ edit ]
Takarazuka Grand Theater and Bow Hall
Transportation [ edit ]
Railways [ edit ]
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.
Highways [ edit ]
^ The kanji 塚 ( UTF-8 code FA10 16), 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 塚 ( UTF-8 code 585A 16, 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 . Retrieved . 2007-03-05 )
^ "HI-LEX" . Retrieved . 5 March 2014
^ " ウリハッキョ一覧" ( Archive). Chongryon. Retrieved on October 14, 2015.
External links [ edit ]