Skyline of Sukagawa
Location of Sukagawa in Fukushima Prefecture
|Coordinates: 37°17′11.3″N 140°22′21.6″E / 37.286472°N 140.372667°ECoordinates: 37°17′11.3″N 140°22′21.6″E / 37.286472°N 140.372667°E|
|• - Mayor||Katsuya Hashimoto|
|• Total||279.55 km2 (107.93 sq mi)|
|Population (November 2014)|
|• Density||275/km2 (710/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Pinus densiflora|
|• Bird||Common kingfisher|
|Address||135 Hachimanmachi, Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima-ken 962-8601|
Sukagawa (須賀川市 Sukagawa-shi) is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. As of November 2014, the city had an estimated population of 76,976 and a population density of 275 persons per km2. The total area was 279.55 square kilometres (107.9 sq mi).
Sukagawa is located in central Fukushima prefecture.
- Mountains: Utsuminesan (676.9m)
- Rivers: Abukuma River, Shakadogawa,
The area of present-day Sukagawa was part of ancient Mutsu Province. During the Edo period the area prospered from its location as a major lodging place on Ōshū Kaidō, which is one of the Edo Five Routes, and was the commercial center in the region. The area was administered as part of Shirakawa Domain. After the Meiji restoration, it was organized as part of Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province.
The village of Sukagawa was formed on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. However, after mid-Meiji period, the municipality was eclipsed by Koriyama, which had succeeded in inviting the junction of West Ban'etsu Line with the Tōhoku Main Line train routes. On March 31, 1954 Sukagawa was elevated to city status after merging with the town of Hamada and villages of Nishibukuro and Inada (all from Iwase District), and the village of Oshioe (from Ishikawa District). Later, Sukagawa absorbed Niida Village (from Iwase District) on March 10, 1955, and then absorbed Ohigashi Village (from Ishikawa District) on February 1, 1967. On April 1, 2005, Sukagawa absorbed the town of Naganuma and village Iwase (both from Iwase District).
After the earthquake of 2011, the Fujinuma Dam collapsed and a part of the city was destroyed. See also Radiation effects from Fukushima I nuclear accidents.
Sukagawa has a mixed economy, and is a major commercial center for the surrounding region.
- Peony Garden
- Fujinuma Dam
- Taimatsu Akashi Festival
- Luoyang, China, Friendship city since August 1983
Noted people from Sukagawa
- Eiji Tsuburaya – movie director
- Kōkichi Tsuburaya - Olympic marathon runner
- Nakaba Suzuki – Manga artist
Media related to Sukagawa, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)
- Eiji Tsuburaya official website (Japanese)
- Sukagawa Peony Garden official website (Japanese)