Takehara, Hiroshima

Japanese Name: 竹原市
Prefecture: Hiroshima
Population: 29,803
Area: 118.3:
Longitude 132.9070883
Latitude 34.3417943
Homepage: http://www.city.takehara.lg.jp/

Takehara, Hiroshima

Takehara (竹原市, Takehara-shi) is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on November 3, 1958.

As of 2009, the city has an estimated population of 29,093 and a population density of 246 persons per km². The total area is 118.30 km².

Ōkunoshima, the island where a poison gas plant of the Imperial Japanese Army was located, belongs to Takehara.

Occupying a strategic location on the Seto Inland Sea, it became renowned as a port city in the Muromachi period and then flourished as a centre of the salt industry in the latter days of the Edo period. More recently, it has styled itself as "The Little Kyoto of Aki" and the Special Historical District of old warehouses was selected as one of Japan's "100 Most Scenic Towns".