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Asakura (朝倉市, Asakura-shi) is a city located in south central Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, on Kyūshū Island.

Asakura

朝倉市
Asakura Three Waterwheels
Asakura Three Waterwheels
Flag of Asakura
Flag
Official seal of Asakura
Emblem
Location of Asakura in Fukuoka Prefecture
Location of Asakura in Fukuoka Prefecture
Asakura is located in Japan
Asakura
Asakura
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°25′N 130°40′E / 33.417°N 130.667°E / 33.417; 130.667Coordinates: 33°25′N 130°40′E / 33.417°N 130.667°E / 33.417; 130.667
CountryJapan
RegionKyushu
PrefectureFukuoka Prefecture
Government
 • MayorSusuke Morita (since April 2010)
Area
 • Total246.73 km2 (95.26 sq mi)
Population
 (January 31, 2011)
 • Total57,488
 • Density233.00/km2 (603.5/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address412-2 Bodaiji, Asakura-shi, Fukuoka-ken
838-0061
Websitewww.city.asakura.lg.jp

The modern city of Asakura was established on March 20, 2006, from the merger of the former town of Asakura (from Asakura District), absorbing the city of Amagi, and the town of Haki (also from Asakura District).

As of January 31, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 57,488 and a population density of 233 persons per km². The total area is 246.73 km².

GeographyEdit

Asakura is located about 40 km southeast of Fukuoka and about 20 km northeast of Kurume.

Adjoining municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

The imperial court moved to the Tachibana no Hironiwa Palace[when?], where it stayed from May until July 661.

  • October, 1876 - Outbreak of the Akizuki Rebellion
  • April 1, 1889 - The modern municipal system is established. The current city region is occupied by one town, Amagi; and 18 villages: Akizuki, Asakura, Haki, Hinashiro, Fukuda, Fukunari, Kamiakizuki, Kanagawa, Takagi, Kugumiya, Mada, Masue, Minagi, Miyano, Ōba, Shiwa, Tateishi and Yasukawa.
  • December 27, 1893 - Akizuki was elevated to town status.
  • June 15, 1909 - Fukunari and Ōba were merged to create Daifuku Village.
  • April 17, 1939 - Haki was elevated to town status.
  • April 1, 1951 - Kugumiya, Masue and Shiwa were merged into Haki Town.
  • April 1, 1954 - Amagi, Akizuki, Fukuda, Hinashiro, Kamiakizuki, Kanagawa, Mada, Minagi, Tateishi and Yasukawa were all merged to create Amagi City.
  • March 10, 1955 - Takagi was merged into Amagi City.
  • March 31, 1955 - Daifuku and Miyano were merged into Asakura Village.
  • April 1, 1962 - Asakura was elevated to town status.
  • March 20, 2006 - Amagi, Asakura and Haki were merged to create Asakura City.

EducationEdit

Prefectural senior high schoolsEdit

  • Asakura Kōyō Senior High School
  • Asakura Higashi Senior High School
  • Asakura Senior High School

Municipal junior high schoolsEdit

  • Amagi Junior High School
  • Akizuki Junior High School
  • Haki Junior High School
  • Hiramatsu Junior High School
  • Jūmonji Junior High School
  • Nanryō Junior High School

Municipal elementary schoolsEdit

  • Amagi Elementary School
  • Asakura Higashi Elementary School
  • Akizuki Elementary School
  • Daifuku Elementary School
  • Fukuda Elementary School
  • Haki Elementary School
  • Hinashiro Elementary School
  • Kanagawa Elementary School
  • Kugumiya Elementary School
  • Mada Elementary School
  • Masue Elementary School
  • Minagi Elementary School
  • Shiwa Elementary School
  • Tateishi Elementary School

TransportationEdit

AirEdit

The closest airport is Fukuoka Airport.

RailEdit

RoadEdit

Scenic and historic placesEdit

 
Akizuki Castle Ruins Nagayamon
  • Akizuki
  • Akizuki Castle Ruins
  • Asakura Three Waterwheels
  • Eso Hachiman Shrine
  • Harazuru Onsen
  • Hiratukakawazoe Ruins
  • Kakurega Forest

Festivals and eventsEdit

  • Dorouchi Festival
  • Oshiroi Festival

Notable PeopleEdit

External linksEdit