Takehara, Hiroshima

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Takehara city hall
Takehara city hall
Flag of Takehara
Official seal of Takehara
Location of Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture
Location of Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture
Takehara is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°20′N 132°55′E / 34.333°N 132.917°E / 34.333; 132.917Coordinates: 34°20′N 132°55′E / 34.333°N 132.917°E / 34.333; 132.917
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'yō)
Prefecture Hiroshima Prefecture
 • Total 118.3 km2 (45.7 sq mi)
Population (October 2016)
 • Total 26,035
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
 • Tree Bamboo
 • Flower Ume
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 5-1-35 Takehara Chuo, Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken
Website www.city.takehara.lg.jp

Takehara (竹原市, Takehara-shi) is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on November 3, 1958.

As of 2016, the city has an estimated population of 26,035 and a population density of 220 persons per km². The total area is 118.30 km².

Ōkunoshima, the island where a poison gas plant of the Imperial Japanese Army was located, belongs to Takehara.

Occupying a strategic location on the Seto Inland Sea, it became renowned as a port city in the Muromachi period and then flourished as a centre of the salt industry in the latter days of the Edo period. More recently, it has styled itself as "The Little Kyoto of Aki" and the Special Historical District of old warehouses was selected as one of Japan's "100 Most Scenic Towns".[citation needed]



Mountains and islands[edit]

Little Kyoto of Aki Province[edit]

Hot springs[edit]

  • Yusaka Onsen-kyo[15]
  • Bamboo Joy Highland[16]


  • Miyakoto Matsuri[17] (April)
  • Nika Renge Matsuri[18] (April)
  • Take Matsuri[19] (May)
  • Tadanoumi Gion Matsuri[20] (July)
  • Takehara Tanabata Matsuri[21] (July)
  • Tadanoumi Tenjin Yoichi[22] (July)
  • Takehara Sumiyoshi Matsuri[23] (August)
  • Takehara Summer Festival Fireworks[24] (August)
  • Fukuda Shishimai[25] (October)
  • Machinami Takeakari[26] (October)
  • Takehara Ekiden[27] (October)
  • Rabbit Cross Country[28] (November)
  • Futamado-myojin-sai[29] (February)



There are two main lines running through Takehara Station. There is the West Japan Railway Company and the Kure Line.

Sister cities[edit]

Takehara has a sister city relationship with Damyang in South Korea.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Takehara is the setting for the slice-of-life anime series Tamayura.[31]


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