Katori, Chiba

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Katori
香取市
City
A view of October Sawara Festival, these festival held on July and October
A view of October Sawara Festival, these festival held on July and October
Flag of Katori
Flag
Official seal of Katori
Seal
Location of Katori in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Katori in Chiba Prefecture
Katori is located in Japan
Katori
Katori
 
Coordinates: 35°41′N 140°2′E / 35.683°N 140.033°E / 35.683; 140.033Coordinates: 35°41′N 140°2′E / 35.683°N 140.033°E / 35.683; 140.033
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Seiichi Ui (since May 2006)
Area
 • Total 262.31 km2 (101.28 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2012)
 • Total 81,240
 • Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Sakura
- Flower Japanese iris, Iris laevigata
- Bird Great Reed Warbler
Phone number 0478-54-1111
Address Sawaraguchi 2127, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken
287-8501
Website City of Katori
Katori City Hall
A view of old Sawara

Katori (香取市 Katori-shi?) is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 81,240 and a population density of 310 persons per km². The total area is 262.31 km².

Katori Shrine is in the city of Katori, as is the old merchant town and canal of Sawara.

Geography[edit]

Katori is located in far northeastern Chiba Prefecture, along the lower reaches of the Tone River.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

After the Meiji Restoration, the area consisted of the towns of Sawara and Omigawa, and the villages of Katori, Kanishi and Higashi-Daito (founded within Katori District on May 23 1890). Katori was raised to town status on May 5, 1897. On March 15, 1951, the city of Sawara was formed by the merger of Katori, Sawara, Omigawa and Higashi-Daito. Sawara expanded on February 11, 1955 by annexing the neighboring villages of Niijima, Okura, Mizuho and Tsunomiya.

On March 27, 2006, the modern city of Katori was created when Sawara was merged with the towns of Kurimoto, Omigawa and Yamada (all from Katori District).

Economy[edit]

Katori is a regional commercial center. The economy is primarily agricultural, with rice, chives, onions, and greater burdock as major crops.

Transportation[edit]

Railways[edit]

Highways[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Katori[edit]

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