Nakatsu, Ōita

Nakatsu (中津市, Nakatsu-shi) is a city on the northern border of Ōita Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. The city is on the border with Fukuoka Prefecture. Nakatsu was founded on April 20, 1929.[citation needed]


Nakatsu City Hall
Nakatsu City Hall
Flag of Nakatsu
Official seal of Nakatsu
Location of Nakatsu in Ōita Prefecture
Location of Nakatsu in Ōita Prefecture
Nakatsu is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°35′57″N 131°11′26″E / 33.59917°N 131.19056°E / 33.59917; 131.19056Coordinates: 33°35′57″N 131°11′26″E / 33.59917°N 131.19056°E / 33.59917; 131.19056
PrefectureŌita Prefecture
 • MayorMasakatsu Shingai
 • Total491.09 km2 (189.61 sq mi)
 (March 31, 2017)
 • Total84,701
 • Density170/km2 (450/sq mi)
 • TreeRound Leaf Holly (Ilex rotunda)
 • FlowerChrysanthemum
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address14-3 Toyodamachi, Nakatsu-shi, Ōita-ken

As of March 2017, the city has an estimated population of 84,701 and a population density of 170 people per km2.[1] The total area is 491.09 km2.[citation needed]


  • 1587: Kuroda Yoshitaka (Josui) built Nakatsu Castle as a flatland castle near the Yamaguni River.
  • April 1925: The village of Ōe was merged with Toyoda to become the town of Nakatsu.[citation needed]
  • April 1919: The village of Ogusu and the town of Nakatsu were merged to become the city of Nakatsu.
  • August 1933: The villages of Tsurui, Ōhata and Josui were merged into Nakatsu.[citation needed]
  • April 1951: The village of Miho was merged into Nakatsu.
  • October 1954: The village of Wada was merged into Nakatsu.
  • February 1955: The village of Imazu was merged into Nakatsu.
  • March, 2005: The towns of Hon'yabakei, Yabakei and Yamakuni, and the village of Sankō (all from Shimoge District) were all merged into Nakatsu.[citation needed]


Nakatsu is a castle town centered on Nakatsu Castle, which is open to visitors. The modernised interior comprises a museum with samurai armor, old maps and information about Rangaku (Dutch studies), for which Nakatsu was an important center in the Edo period. There are views from the top of the castle keep.[citation needed]

Visitors can see the residence of the most celebrated member of the Okudaira clan of Nakatsu, Fukuzawa Yukichi, and the memorial hall there. It is close to the castle and a 15-minute walk from the station.[citation needed]

Nakatsu's Mt. Hachimen was home to the popular music festival, Concert on the Rock.[citation needed]


Nakatsu is in the northwest corner of Ōita Prefecture, Kyushu. To the east of Nakatsu is Usa and to the southwest is Hita. Nakatsu touches the border of Fukuoka Prefecture on its west. To the northeast is the Suohnada Sea. The city covers an area of 491.09 square kilometers, 80% of which is mountainous. There is a wide stretch of flat, agricultural land which begins at the mouth of Yamakuni River and extends to Mt. Hiko.[citation needed]

Notable people from NakatsuEdit

See alsoEdit


  • Nakatsushi-shi kankokai (Hrsg.): Nakatsu-shi (History of Nakatsu). Nakatsu: Nakatsushi-shi kankōkai, 1965 (中津市史刊行会編『中津市史』中津市史刊行会).
  • Kuroya Naofusa: Nakatsuhan-shi (History of the Nakatsu Clan). Tōkyō: Kokusho kankōkai, 1987 (黒屋直房著『中津藩史』国書刊行会).
  1. ^ "Official website of Nakatsu city" (in Japanese). Japan: Nakatsu City. Retrieved 19 April 2017.

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