Nōgata, Fukuoka


Nōgata, Fukuoka
Nōgata
直方市
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Location of Nōgata in Fukuoka
Nōgata is located in Japan
Nōgata
 
Coordinates: 33°44′30″N 130°43′56″E / 33.74167°N 130.73222°E / 33.74167; 130.73222Coordinates: 33°44′30″N 130°43′56″E / 33.74167°N 130.73222°E / 33.74167; 130.73222
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Fukuoka
Government
 – Mayor Toshiaki Kono (since April 2003)
Area
 – Total 61.78 km2 (23.9 sq mi)
Population (May 31, 2011)
 – Total 58,878
 – Density 953.03/km2 (2,468.3/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols
- Tree Benthamidia
- Flower Tulipa, Lilium, Cosmos, Narcissus
Phone number 0949-25-2000
Address 7-1 Tonomachi, Nogata-shi, Fukuoka-ken
822-0017

Nōgata (直方市 Nōgata-shi?) is a city located in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan, on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. Located near Kitakyūshū and Iizuka, Nōgata is in the center of the Chikuhō region of Fukuoka.

As of May 31, 2011, the city had an estimated population of 58,878 with 26,056 households and a population density of 953.03 persons per km². The total area is 61.78 km².

The city was founded on January 1, 1931.

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History

From the end of 19th century to the mid-20th century, Nōgata flourished as a center for mining coal. Chikuhō region had the largest output of coal in Japan[citation needed], but as the primary energy source changed from coal to oil, all coal mines were closed. Since then, Nōgata has suffered from a declining population.

Attractions and events

Nōgata Coal Memorial Museum

Nōgata's Coal Memorial Museum provides visitors with the history of coal mines in the area. Its exhibits include a steam locomotive, the machines for digging and extracting coal, coal miner's clothes, and other memorabilia.

Ongagawa Riverside Park

In spring, it features blooms of yellow flowers, and in April, an annual Tulip Festival is held, making the park become colorful and bright. About 200,000 people visit the festival for the period. The park is also a site where a fireworks show is held each year.

Transport

The city has train service on the Chikuho Main Line operated by JR Kyushu and Heisei Chikuho Railway Ita Line. Trains stop at Nōgata Station.

Famous people

Kaio, sumo wrestler.

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