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Suma (須磨区, Suma-ku) is one of 9 wards of Kobe City in Japan. As of February 1, 2012, it has an area of 30.0 km², and a population of 166,324, with 71,745 households.

Suma-ku

須磨区
Ward of Kobe
View of Suma Beach from Mount Sumaura Amusement Park
View of Suma Beach from Mount Sumaura Amusement Park
Location of Suma-ku in Hyōgo
Location of Suma-ku in Hyōgo
Suma-ku is located in Japan
Suma-ku
Suma-ku
 
Coordinates: 34°39′01″N 135°07′50″E / 34.65028°N 135.13056°E / 34.65028; 135.13056Coordinates: 34°39′01″N 135°07′50″E / 34.65028°N 135.13056°E / 34.65028; 135.13056
CountryJapan
RegionKinki (Kansai)
PrefectureHyogo
CityKobe
Area
 • Total30.00 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Population
 (February 1, 2012)
 • Total166,324
 • Density5,544.13/km2 (14,359.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Phone number078-731-4341
Address1-1-1Nakashima-cho, Suma-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken, 654-8570
Websitewww.city.kobe.lg.jp/ward/kuyakusho/suma

There is a white sandy beach in this ward, which attracts tourists to the Kansai region for sun bathing and popular events during the summer season. The same beach has appeared in the classic epics Genji monogatari, Heike monogatari, and Ise monogatari. Thus Suma is often referred as an utamakura or meisho, referenced frequently in waka poetry, Noh theatre, kabuki and jōruri.

Suma Temple
Tainohata Yakuyoke Hachimangu
Suma Aquarium at Suma beach
Mount Sumaura Park

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