Hirakata (Japanese枚 方 市, -shi) is a city in Osaka Prefecture on Honshū, the main island of Japan. The city lies on the River Yodo.
Hirakata is located northeast of Osaka and Sakai.
Hirakata was founded on 1 August 1947.
Nearby is the 300 meter high mountain Kunimi -yama. Other attractions include several parks, the Yamada Lake and the Temple Kudara -ji and the Shinto Shrine Katano -jinja.
Economically important are metal industry, machinery and textile manufacturing. In ancient times the city was also an important river port, but lost to the expansion of the rail network in importance.
Hirakata is connected to the Chugoku Expressway, the Meishin highway and state highways 1, 168, 170 and 307. By train you can take the Keihan Main Line, Keihan Katano Line and the JR Katamachi line.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Shinobu Asagoe ( tennis player )
- Hikaru Nakamura ( chess player )
Adjacent Cities and Towns
Hirakata borders Takatsuki, Neyagawa, Katano, Ikoma, Kyotanabe and Yawata.