Takahagi, Ibaraki

Takahagi (高萩市, Takahagi-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 July 2020, the city had an estimated population of 27,522 in 11,651 households and a population density of 140 persons per km². . The percentage of the population aged over 65 was 36.2%.[1]The total area of the city is 193.58 square kilometres (74.74 sq mi).

Takahagi

高萩市
Takahagi city hall
Takahagi city hall
Flag of Takahagi
Flag
Official seal of Takahagi
Seal
Location of Takahagi in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Takahagi in Ibaraki Prefecture
Takahagi is located in Japan
Takahagi
Takahagi
 
Coordinates: 36°43′9″N 140°43′0.2″E / 36.71917°N 140.716722°E / 36.71917; 140.716722Coordinates: 36°43′9″N 140°43′0.2″E / 36.71917°N 140.716722°E / 36.71917; 140.716722
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureIbaraki
Area
 • Total193.58 km2 (74.74 sq mi)
Population
 (July 2020)
 • Total27,522
 • Density140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePine
- FlowerLespedeza
- BirdGreen pheasant
Phone number0293-23-2111
Address3-10-16 Kasuga-cho, Takahagi-shi, Ibaraki-ken 318-8511
WebsiteOfficial website
Hananuki valley
Takado Beach

GeographyEdit

Located in northern Ibaraki Prefecture, Takahagi is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, and by Fukushima Prefecture to the northwest.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

Ibaraki Prefecture

Fukushima Prefecture

ClimateEdit

Takahagi has a Humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Takahagi is 13.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1429 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.8 °C.[2]

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Takahagi has remained relatively steady for the past 60 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1950 29,637—    
1960 32,816+10.7%
1970 29,548−10.0%
1980 32,436+9.8%
1990 35,320+8.9%
2000 32,602−7.7%
2010 31,014−4.9%

HistoryEdit

During the Edo period, Takahagi was the jōkamachi of Matsuoka Domain, one of the feudal domains of the Tokugawa shogunate in Hitachi Province, ruled b the Nakamura clan, the hereditary karō of Mito Domain. With the creation of the modern municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration on April 1, 1889, the town of Matsubara, and the villages of Matsuoka, Takaoka, Kurosaki and Kushigata was established within Taga District, Ibaraki). Matsuoka was raised to town status on April 17, 1928. Matsubara was renamed Takahagi on October 1, 1937.

Takahagi merged with Matsubara, Takaoka and Kurosaki on November 23, 1954 and was raised to city status. The city suffered considerable damage in the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

GovernmentEdit

Takahagi has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 14 members. Takahagi, together with neighboring Kitaibaraki, contributes two members to the Ibaraki Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Ibaraki 5th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

EconomyEdit

Takahagi was once part of the Jōban coal fields, but the mines were exhausted by the 1960s. Since that time, the economy had been oriented towards light manufacturing and food processing. Agriculture and commercial fishing also play subordinate roles.

EducationEdit

Takahagi has four public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the city government, and two public high schools operated by the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education. There is also one private high school

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  JR EastJōban Line

HighwayEdit

Local attractionsEdit

  • Matsuoka Castle ruins
  • Hanazono-Hananuki Prefectural Nature Park
  • Hananuki Dam
  • Takado Beach

Noted people from TakahagiEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ibaraki prefectural official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Takahagi climate data
  3. ^ Takahagi population statistics

External linksEdit

  Media related to Takahagi, Ibaraki at Wikimedia Commons