Shimamoto, Osaka

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Coordinates: 34°53′N135°40′E / 34.883°N 135.667°E / 34.883; 135.667 Coordinates: 34°53′N135°40′E / 34.883°N 135.667°E / 34.883; 135.667
Region Kansai
Prefecture Osaka Prefecture
District Mishima
  Total16.78 km2 (6.48 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2016)
  Density1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+09:00 (JST)

Shimamoto (島本町, Shimamoto-chō) is a town consisting of the entirety of Mishima District, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. As of October 2016, the town has an estimated population of 29,970 and a density of 1,800 persons per km². The total area is 16.78 km². It is located in Prefectural border with Kyoto Otokuni-gun Oyamazaki-cho. At the place where Katsura River, Uji River, Kizu River merge in the Yamazaki Gorge and become Yodo River It has prospered for a long time as a key point of transportation from Kyoto Basin to Osaka Plain. Recently, residential area development is progressing as Bedtown of Osaka City and Kyoto City.



The town is named after the Shimamoto clan of the feudal era, who were famous for their skill in warfare, excellence in the arts, and intelligence. They still exist to this day. Shimamoto Town is sandwiched between Tennozan and Otokoyama, and is the only transportation hub that does not require crossing the mountain on the road connecting Settsu and Yamashiro. Since ancient times, the Sanyo Expressway that connects the imperial court and Dazaifu has been used, and it has prospered in that environment.

The area where the Minase and Yodo rivers meet (currently the Hirose and Todaiji districts) is called Minase. Known for its scenery and fluttering haze, it has been used as a Utamakura since the time of "Manyoshu".[ citation needed ] Emperor Go-Toba loved this place and built Minamise Rikyu. After the death of the emeritus, the site of the Rikyuin became Minase Shrine (currently Minamise Jingu), which is the emeritus's Mikagedo. In addition, if you arrange 50 phrases from Ogura Hyakunin Isshu in the order of the words, the picture of Minase will be completed. It is said that this is because Fujiwara no Teika has collected songs that match the drawings. In addition, Shin Kokin Wakashū Vol.

In addition, Sakurai District is a part of Sakurai's Farewell, where Minatogawa Battle Masashige Kusunoki broke up with Takako Masayuki Kusunoki. Appears in Taiheiki as the ground. The current Shimamoto Town Akira is a transformation of the characters "Shimamoto" to resemble Kusunoki's family crest Kikusui.

In addition, it is also known as the old battlefield of Battle of Yamazaki where Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Hashiba Hideyoshi) and Akechi Mitsuhide fought.



Town council

The parliamentary group composition as of May 13, 2021, with 50% female members, is as follows:

Parliamentary group nameNumber of seatsAffiliated party
People's new steps3Independent
Osaka Restoration Association3 Osaka Restoration Association
Liberal Democratic Club3 Liberal Democratic Party
Komeito2 Komeito
Community Net2 Constitutional Democratic Party
Independent1 Japanese Communist Party

Osaka Prefectural Assembly

Candidate nameWinningAgeAffiliated partyBy old and newNumber of votes
Kenta Matsunami (2016–present) Nippon Ishin no Kai New51,367 votes
Taku Ikeshita Current30,439 votes
Ai NonoueNew25,240 votes
Keiji HayashiCurrent22,783 votes
Noriko TamuraOchi55 Liberal Democratic Party New20,502 votes
Takeshi MiyaharaDrop72 Japanese Communist Party Current15,974 votes

House of Representatives

Candidate nameAgeAffiliated partyNew and oldNumber of votesDuplicate
Taku Ikeshita 46 Nippon Ishin no Kai New80,932 votes
Kiyomi Tsujimoto 61 Constitutional Democratic Party Previous66,943 votes
Kazuhide Okuma 52 Liberal Democratic Party Previous52,843 votes



A company with a business office in Shimamoto Town

Financial institution

Japan Post Group

(As of December 2012)


It occupies most of the basin of Minase River, a tributary of the Yodo River. The town area is long from northwest to southeast, and the altitude increases as it goes northwest. Nearly 70% of the entire town is mountainous and hilly. An urban area is open in a small open lowland along the Yodo River in the southeast, but this area is the main traffic connecting First National Land Axis Tokaido Shinkansen / [[Tokaido Main Line]. ] And Meishin Expressway, as well as major traffic such as Hankyu Kyoto Main Line and National Highway 171. There is a point where the Katsura, Uji, and Kizu rivers meet, and because the water temperature of each river is different, a lot of fog is generated in winter.

At sea level, Shakadake is the highest at 631.4 m, and the lowest is Takahama at 8.5 m.


Shimamoto is the location of Suntory's Yamazaki Distillery, the oldest whiskey distillery in Japan.


The town is served by two railway stations: Shimamoto and Minase.

Twin towns

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