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Chiryū (知立市, Chiryū-shi) is a city located in central Aichi Prefecture, Japan.


Chiryū Festival
Chiryū Festival
Flag of Chiryū
Official seal of Chiryū
Location of Chiryū in Aichi
Location of Chiryū in Aichi
Chiryū is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°0′5.029″N 137°3′2.17″E / 35.00139694°N 137.0506028°E / 35.00139694; 137.0506028Coordinates: 35°0′5.029″N 137°3′2.17″E / 35.00139694°N 137.0506028°E / 35.00139694; 137.0506028
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureAichi Prefecture
 • MayorIkuo Hayashi (since December 2008)
 • Total16.31 km2 (6.30 sq mi)
 (August 1, 2016)
 • Total71,142
 • Density4,361.86/km2 (11,297.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeZelkova serrata
- FlowerIris laevigata
Phone number0566-83-1111
Address3-1 Hiromi, Chiryū-shi, Aichi-ken 472-8666
WebsiteOfficial website
Chiryū City Hall

As of August 1, 2016, the city had an estimated population of 71,142 and a population density of 4,361.86 persons per km². The total area was 16.31 square kilometres (6.30 sq mi).


Chiryū is situated in central Aichi Prefecture.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit


“Chiryū” as a local place name appears in documents in the Nara period. During the Edo period, the area prospered as Chiryū-juku, one of the post stations on the Tōkaidō connecting Edo with Kyoto. The town was noted for its horse trading fairs. Part of the present day city were under the control of Kariya Domain, a feudal han under the Tokugawa shogunate.

After the Meiji restoration, Chiryū Town was created within Hekikai District, Aichi Prefecture on October 1, 1889. It attained city status on December 1, 1970.


The economy of Chiryū is industrial, with automotive parts and automotive electronics manufacturing predominating.


Chiryū has seven elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools.


Local attractionsEdit

  • Chiryū Jinja – Shinto shrine, with a tahōtō built in 1907, which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property [1]
  • Yatsuhashi Kakitsubata Garden (八橋かきつばた園) at the Muryoju-ji Temple which has been known for its water garden and Iris laevigata since the Heian period. It is also the place where the Ariwara no Narihira wrote a poem in the Ise Monogatari using the five initial letters of Ka-Ki-Tsu-Ba-Ta. The poem goes:
KArakoromo KItsutsu narenishi TSUma shi areba HArubaru kinuru TAbi wo shi zo omou (HA can also be read BA).

The Kikatsubata is the prefectural flower of Aichi prefecture as well as of Chiryū City. Each year at the end of April a festival is held in the temple garden as a celebration of the flowering.

Sister citiesEdit

Notable people from ChiryūEdit


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External linksEdit

  Media related to Chiryū, Aichi at Wikimedia Commons