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Hikari is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.The city was founded three times: April 1, 1943, July 1, 1955, and October 4, 2004.As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 51,040, and a population density 560 of persons per km². The total area is 91.94 km². The name Hikari itself means "brilliance" or "light" in Japanese.It is connected by railroad with a train station and route 188.Hikari is bounded with Yanai, Kudamatsu, Shunan, Iwakuni and Tabuse in the Kumage District.On October 4, 2004, the town of Yamato (from Kumage District) was merged into Hikari.HistoryMunicipal timelineOctober 1, 1940: The town of Shunan was renamed to Hikari.April 1, 1943: The town merged with the town of Murozumi to form the city of Hikari (1st generation).July 1, 1955: The city (1st generation) merged with the village of Suō to form the new city of Hikari (2nd generation).April 10, 1957: The city lost parts of Tateno area to the village of Yamato.October 4, 2004: The city (2nd generation) absorbed the town of Yamato (from Kumage District) to create the new and expanded city of Hikari (3rd generation).Plan your vacation with our Japan trip itinerary planning app and discover the best things to do in Hikari.
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