is a city
located in Hyōgo Prefecture
Takarazuka is nestled between the Rokko Range to the west and Nagao Range to the north with the Muko River running through the center of the city.
A bedroom community for Osaka and Kobe, there are quiet, upscale residential neighborhoods like Nigawa, Sakasegawa, and Hibarigaoka.
Known as the inner parlor of Kansai, Takarazuka is famous for the Takarazuka Revue, hot springs, and the Takarazuka Tourism Fireworks Display held since 1913. It is also famous as a choice residential area along with Ashiya and Nishinomiya.
At one time, the idea was raised of merging Takarazuka with Itami, Kawanishi, and Inagawa, but it is currently on hold.
- A.D. 825: Sumiyoshi Shrine built.
- Between 1492 and 1500: Kohama town was established as a temple town for Koushou-ji.
- 17th Century: Kohama Inn was established as a post station on Arima Road.
- 1887: Takarazuka Hot Springs opened.
- 1897: Hankaku Railroad (current Fukuchiyama Line) completed.
- 1910: Minoh Arima Electric Railway (current Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line completed.
- 1910s-1940s: The age of Hanshin Modernism. Takarazuka was a center of the culture.
- April 1, 1914: First performance by Takarazuka Girls' Opera (current Takarazuka Revue).
- March 15, 1951: Kohama Village, Kawabe District incorporated as Town of Takarazuka (宝塚町 Takarazuka-chō).
- April 1, 1954: Town of Takarazuka and Yoshimoto Village, Muko District merge to become City of Takarazuka (宝塚市 Takarazuka-shi).
- March 10, 1955: Nagao Village, Kawabe District annexed.
- March 14, 1955: Nishitani Village, Kawabe District annexed.
- April 1, 1955: Ogino, Aramaki, Kounoike, and Ohno-Nitta ceded to Itami.
- January 17, 1995: Great Hanshin earthquake causes more than 100 casualties.
- April 1, 2003: Designated Special City.
- April 1, 2004: 50th anniversary of establishment as city.
Mayor: Yoshihide Sakaue (阪上善秀 Sakaue Yoshihide
) (current term ends April 8
Sister Cities/Partner Cities
- Ryogen Municipal, Takarazuka Number 1 Municipal, Kohama Municipal, Takarazuka Municipal, Nagao Municipal, Nishitani Municipal, Nigawa Municipal, Nishiyama Municipal, Mefu Municipal, Nagao South Municipal, Suenari Municipal, Akura Municipal, Nakayama-Sakuradai Municipal, Nagaodai Municipal, Sakasedai Municipal, Miza Municipal, Koumyo Municipal, Suehiro Municipal, Nakayama-Satsukidai Municipal, Maruhashi Municipal, Takatsukasa Municipal, Akura North Municipal, Sumiregaoka Municipal, Yamatedai Municipal, Hibarigaoka AcademyJunior High Schools
- Takarazuka Number 1 Municipal, Takarazuka Municipal, Nagao Municipal, Nishitani Municipal, Houbai Municipal, Takatsukasa Municipal, South Hibarigaoka Municipal, Akura Municipal, Nakayama-Satsukidai Municipal, Gotenyama Municipal, Hikarigaoka Municipal, Yamatedai Municipal, Hibarigaoka Academy, Obayashi Seishin Women's InstituteSenior High Schools
- Takarazuka Prefectural, Takarazuka West Prefectural, Takarazuka East Prefectural, Takarazuka North Prefectural, Hibarigaoka Academy, Obayashi Seishin Women's InstituteMiscellaneous Schools
- Takarazuka Music SchoolVocational Colleges
- Municipal Nursing CollegeUniversities
- Koshien University, Takarazuka University of Art and Design
, Kobe (Kita-ku)
Famous People from Takarazuka
Major Religious Institutions
Siteseeing and Festivals
connect the city to other cities in the region including Osaka
. Takarazuka Station
, serving all railway lines in the city listed below, plays an important role as the city's central station.