Congress Report
Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Dazaifu City

Head of City Government

Mr. Shigeru Ashikari, Mayor
Mayor of Dazaifu City since April 2015 (first term)

Location

Seal

Dazaifu seal

Area

29.60km2(March 2015)

Population

71,564 (including foreign residents as of March 31st, 2016)
Men: 34,206 Women: 37,358

GDP

Real: JPY 154.536 billion (2013)

Upper tier

Fukuoka Prefecture

Geographic features

Dazaifu city is located about 16 kilometers southeast of Fukuoka City. Dazaifu’s northeast portion is adjacent to Umi Town, Kasuya County. The southeast portion is adjacent to Chikushino City. The northwest portion is adjacent to Onojo City. To the east is Mt. Homan, and Mt. Shioji to the north. Mt.Homan is the source of the Mikasa River, which runs from the south to the northwest through the city. It converges with the Sagita River and Osano River, and empties into Hakata Bay. Eleven prefectural highways, including the Chikushino Koga Route, the Fukuoka Municipal Highway, the Kyushu Expressway, and the Route No. 3 National Highway run through the city. The Dazaifu and Mizuki interchanges are located on the Kyushu Expressway and the Fukuoka Municipal Highway, respectively. In addition to these, there are the JR Kagoshima Mainline, the Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line, and Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line, providing an important means of transportation for residents of the city.
Besides, Dazaifu is cultural town blessed with full of green and the history. Within the city, it still has many historical sites which reminds of the past, Dazaifu government office, Kanzeonji-Temple, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and so on.
In April 2015, it was certified in Japan heritage as historical story “West capital of ancient Japan” -Exchanges base with East Asia

Main industries

Wholesale/retail sales

Indigenous products

Umegaemochi rice cake, Kiuso wooden figures

Symbols

City Tree : Camphor tree
City flower: Plum blossom

Number of tourists

8,940,000 (2015)

Official website

http://www.city.dazaifu.lg.jp/ 

Sources: Official website of Dazaifu City, Dazaifu City 5th General Plan, Overview of Dazaifu City, Prefecture residents' economy, city, town and village residents' economy calculation report (prepared by Fukuoka Prefecture)


(As of May, 2016)