Koga city hall
Location of Koga in Ibaraki Prefecture
|Coordinates: 36°10′41.7″N 139°45′19.6″E / 36.178250°N 139.755444°ECoordinates: 36°10′41.7″N 139°45′19.6″E / 36.178250°N 139.755444°E|
|• Mayor||Kenichiro Sugaya (since December 2012)|
|• Total||123.58 km2 (47.71 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2015)|
|• Density||1,140/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|- Flower||Prunus persica|
|Address||2248 Shimoōno, Koga-shi, Ibaraki-ken 306-0291|
Koga (古河市 Koga-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 140,770 and a population density of 1140 persons per km². Its total area was 123.58 square kilometres (47.71 sq mi).
Koga is located in the extreme southwestern corner of Ibaraki Prefecture
- Ibaraki Prefecture
- Saitama Prefecture
- Tochigi Prefecture
- Gunma Prefecture
- Itakura is only separated by meters from the Koga border.
Koga developed in the Muromachi period as the Koga kubō, a secondary government created by the Ashikaga shogunate to rule eastern Japan. However, the site has been inhabited since the Jomon period and was one of the largest centers for iron production in eastern Japan in the Heian period. In the Sengoku period, it developed into a castle town and became the seat of the daimyo of Koga Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. The town of Koga was established on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. The modern city was founded on August 1, 1950. On September 12, 2005, Koga absorbed the towns of Sanwa and Sōwa (both from Sashima District) to create the new and expanded city of Koga. The new city hall is now located at the former town of Sōwa.
Koga was known in the Meiji period through early Showa period as a center for sericulture. At present, the economy is highly industrialized, with the number of factories as second within Ibaraki Prefecture, after Hitachi city.
Koga has 23 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and six high schools.
Sister city relations
- site of Koga Castle
- site of Koga Kubo residence
- Hase Kannon temple
- Koga History Museum
- Sogo Koen Park near the Watarase River was formally a summer palace for a local daimyo. It has two restored 17th century farmhouses, like including the Nakayama house and Takami Senseki house/museum
- Navel Park in Sowa-machi has outdoor and barbecue facilities for families.
- Koga west of the station is old and has many old buildings. Many of the streets are cobbled.
- Tenkoku Art Museum.
Notable people from Koga
- Hideo Jinpu – politician
- Kawanabe Kyōsai – artist
- Okuhara Seiko – artist
- Reiko Okano – manga artist
- Koji Yamamuro Olympic gymnast
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