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Takarazuka, Hyōgo

Special city
Muko River and Takarazuka Revue
Muko River and Takarazuka Revue
Flag of Takarazuka
Location of Takarazuka in Hyōgo Prefecture
Location of Takarazuka in Hyōgo Prefecture
Takarazuka is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Hyōgo Prefecture
 • Mayor Tomoko Nakagawa
 • Total 101.89 km2 (39.34 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2008)
 • Total 222,198
 • Density 2,161.0/km2 (5,597/sq mi)
 • Tree Camellia sasanqua, Cornus kousa
 • Flower Viola mandshurica (Japanese violet/Sumire)
 • Bird Cettia diphone, Matacilla grandis
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 1-1 Tōyō-chō, Takarazuka-shi, Hyōgo-ken
Phone number 0797-71-1141
Website .jp.hyogo.takarazuka.citywww

Takarazuka (宝塚市 Takarazuka-shi)[1] is a 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 km². The total area is 101.89 km².


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Government 3
  • Economy 4
  • Sister Cities/Partner Cities 5
    • Domestic 5.1
    • International 5.2
  • Locality 6
    • Education 6.1
  • Neighboring Municipalities 7
  • Specialty Products 8
  • Notable people from Takarazuka 9
  • Facilities 10
  • Religious Institutions 11
  • Sightseeing and Festivals 12
  • Transportation 13
    • Railways 13.1
    • Highways 13.2
    • Buses 13.3
  • Notes 14
  • External links 15


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, 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.


  • 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.


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]

Sister Cities/Partner Cities





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). [3]

Neighboring Municipalities

Inagawa, Itami, Kawanishi, Kobe (Kita-ku), Nishinomiya, Sanda.

Specialty Products

Notable people from Takarazuka

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum


Takarazuka Hotel

Sightseeing and Festivals

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.




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  2. ^ "HI-LEX". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. Retrieved on October 14, 2015.

External links

  • Takarazuka City official website (Japanese)
  • Takarazuka City official website
  • Takarazuka Revue
  • Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum (Japanese)
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