Ube, Yamaguchi



Location of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 33°57′N 131°15′E / 33.950°N 131.250°E / 33.950; 131.250Coordinates: 33°57′N 131°15′E / 33.950°N 131.250°E / 33.950; 131.250
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'yō) (San'in)
Prefecture Yamaguchi Prefecture
Established November 1, 1921 (1921-11-01)
  Mayor Kimiko Kubota
  Total 287.69 km2 (111.08 sq mi)
Population (February 2010)
  Total 179,000
  Density 613/km2 (1,590/sq mi)
  Tree Camphor laurel
  Flower Scarlet sage and azalea
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-7-1 Tokiwachō, Ube-shi, Yamaguchi-ken
Website www.city.ube.yamaguchi.jp (Japanese)

Ube (宇部市 Ube-shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan on the Seto Inland Sea. The city was founded on November 1, 1921.

As of February 2010, the city has an estimated population of 179,000 and a population density of 622 persons per km2. The total area is 287.69 square kilometres (111.08 square miles).

On November 1, 2004, the town of Kusunoki (from Asa District) was merged into Ube.

Its industrial base is in chemicals, concrete, and steel. The presence of Ube Industries in the city's economy is significant.

Previously a coal mining town, the city has developed an effective policy to improve its environment. In particular it has combated the problem of air pollution and its success in doing so saw it being recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme as among UNEP's Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1997.[1]

Former prime minister of Japan Naoto Kan was born in Ube.

Tokiwa Park (Tokiwa Koen)

Tokiwa park from the coal-mining museum tower in the park

Ube publicizes itself as "a city of greenery, flowers, and sculptures". Tokiwa Park is the centerpiece of this marketing, as it covers a large area near the center of the city and houses a large number of modern, mostly domestic sculptures on the shores of Lake Tokiwa. The sculptures can be found around the city. A sculpture competition is held biennially to provide new additions.

One of the main attractions of the park is a great white pelican called "Katta-kun", so named after his parents who were from Kolkata, India. Born in the park in 1985, he became famous as he began visiting schools in the vicinity by himself. There are many pelicans and swans in the park, including black swans. There is also a coal mining museum with a view over the city and airport from the top of the tower.

A bridge in Tokiwa Park
A statue in Tokiwa Park

Twin towns – Sister cities


Ube holds two festivals each year, one in May and the other in November featuring food stands and carnival games.



The city is served by Yamaguchi Prefecture's only airport, Yamaguchi Ube Airport, with daily flights to and from Tokyo.


There are no Shinkansen stations in this city. The closest Shinkansen stations are: Asa Station (Sanyo Onoda) and Shin-Yamaguchi Station (Yamaguchi)

The main train station located in 'downtown' Ube is called Ube-Shinkawa Station (Ube Line). Ube Station is farther inland and is located in a more suburban area known as Kōnan (厚南).



Primrary and secondary schools

The city formerly had a North Korean school, Ube Korean Elementary and Junior High School (宇部朝鮮初中級学校).[2]

Economy and industry

Ube Industries is headquartered and has major plants in Ube. Also, petroleum product company of Solato, printer machine product company of Riso Kagaku, glass product company Central Glass, semiconductor and parts product company of Renesas, pharmaceutical research and product company of Kyowa Hakko Kirin, clinical laboratory research company of Miraca Holdings are plant and factory base on Ube.

People from Ube


  1. "Ube city of Japan receives UN environment award". GRID Arendal. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  2. "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. November 6, 2005. Retrieved on October 15, 2015.
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