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Takaoka
高岡市
City
From top: view of Tateyama Mountains from Amaharashi Coast, Takaoka Daibutsu, and Zuiryū-ji
From top: view of Tateyama Mountains from Amaharashi Coast, Takaoka Daibutsu, and Zuiryū-ji
Flag of  Takaoka
Flag
Official seal of  Takaoka
Seal
Location of Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture
Location of Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
Prefecture Toyama
Area
 • Total 209.57 km2 (80.92 sq mi)
Population (March 10, 2018)
 • Total 173,086
 • Density 825.910/km2 (2,139.10/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Persera thunbergii
• Flower Katakuri (Katakago)
• Flowering Tree Sakura
Phone number 0766-20-1111
Address 7-50 Hirokōji, Takaoka-shi, Toyama-ken 933-8601
Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture
Map of Toyama Prefecture showing Takaoka

Takaoka (高岡市 Takaoka-shi) is a city in the northwestern portion of Toyama Prefecture, Japan. Takaoka has the second largest population after Toyama City.

The area that is east of Kureha hill (呉羽丘陵 Kureha-kyuryo) has been called Goto (呉東), which means the east of Kureha and the area that is west of Kureha hill has been called Gosei (呉西), which means the west of Kureha.  

Toyama city is a center city of "Goto," meanwhile Takaoka city is a center of this "Gosei."

As of 10 March  2018 (2018 -03-10), the city had an estimated population of 173,086 in 68,350 households and a population density of 819 persons per km². Its total area was 209.57 square kilometres (80.92 sq mi).

Geography

Takaoka covers an area which equates to roughly 5% of the surface area of Toyama Prefecture. The surface area of the city comprises 36.96 km2 of real estate, 61.02 km2 of agricultural land, 22.69 km2 of mountains and forests, 80.43 km2 of public property (parks etc.), 6.10 km2 of wasteland, and 2.18 km2 of moorland.

The Takaoka region extends 19.2 km from north to south, 24.5 km from east to west with a perimeter of 125.9 km – which is roughly equal to the length of coastline in Toyama Prefecture (147 m). Takaoka borders four cities in Toyama Prefecture (Himi, Oyabe, Tonami, and Imizu) and two towns in Ishikawa Prefecture (Tsubata and Hōdatsushimizu).

From its border with Himi down to the southwest area of the city, a range of mountains stretch for roughly 150 m to 300 m with a particularly high stretch of mountains centering on Mt. Futagami near Himi. Shogawa River and the Oyabegawa River run through Takaoka and tributaries weave their way through the city center. Including small rivers, a total of 10 rivers flow through the city. The Amaharashi coast lies to the north of the region. Just off the coast lies the uninhabited offshore rock of Otokoiwa. Another uninhabited rock, Onnaiwa, lies nearby and the view of this island against the backdrop of the Tateyama range of peaks is famous and features in promotional media for the region. A section of the Imizu plains runs from the central district of the city to the eastern district, and the Tonami plains which stretch from the west to the south are dotted with dispersed settlements in certain areas.

History

Takaoka was established in 1609. It developed as a castle town.

The modern city of Takaoka was established in 1889.

In 1933, Takaoka's large statue of the Buddha (Daibutsu) was created.

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