Koga, Ibaraki

Koga, Ibaraki

Infobox City Japan
Name= Koga
JapaneseName= 古河市

Region= Kantō
Prefecture= Ibaraki
Area_km2= 123.58
PopDate= January 2008
Population= 144,392
Density_km2= 1170
LatitudeDegrees= 36
LatitudeMinutes= 11
LongtitudeDegrees= 139
LongtitudeMinutes= 42
SymbolDescription= Flag
Mayor= Nakahisa Hakuto
CityHallPostalCode= 306-0291
CityHallAddress= 2248 Shimoōno, Koga-shi, Ibaraki-ken
CityHallPhone= 0280-92-3111
CityHallLink= [http://www.city.koga.ibaraki.jp/ Koga City]

nihongo|Koga|古河市|Koga-shi is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.

Old City of Koga

The city has its origins in the Tokugawa period when a castle was built in the 1500s at the river crossing point and a town sprang up around it. The site of the castle is still visible. The modern city was founded on August 1, 1950. It has many old shrines dedicated to O-inari and some old temples like Hase Kannon. Sogo Koen Park near the Watarase river is a lovely place for all the family and was formally a summer palace for a local shogun.It has two restored 17th century farmhouses like Old Nakayama house.

Navel Park in Sowa machi has outdoor and barbecue facilities for families. Koga west of the station is old and has many old buildings. But east of the station is new and has many residential and shopping areas. Koga is famous for its cabbage known as kabutsu.There are many matsuri or festivals. In the first week of August there is a fireworks festival held by the river and in early December there is a lantern festival.

On September 12, 2005, the city merged with Sanwa and Sōwa to create the new city of Koga.

New City of Koga

The new city hall is now located at the former town of Sōwa.

As of January 1, 2008, the new city has an estimated population of 144,392. The total area is 123.58 km².

External links

* [http://www.city.koga.ibaraki.jp/ Koga official website] in Japanese

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