Sakuragawa, Ibaraki

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"Sakuragawa" redirects here. For the railway stations, see Sakuragawa Station (disambiguation). For the former village in Inashiki District, see Sakuragawa, Ibaraki (village).
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Location of Sakuragawa in
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Sakuragawa is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°20′N 140°5′E / 36.333°N 140.083°E / 36.333; 140.083Coordinates: 36°20′N 140°5′E / 36.333°N 140.083°E / 36.333; 140.083
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Ibaraki Prefecture
 • Total 179.78 km2 (69.41 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 49,387
 • Density 270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website City of Sakuragawa

Sakuragawa (桜川市 Sakuragawa-shi?) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.

As of December 2006, the city has an estimated population of 49,387 and a population density of 270 persons per km². The total area is 179.78 km².

The modern city of Sakuragawa was established on October 1, 2005, from the merger of the towns of Iwase-cho (岩瀬町) (in the north), Yamato-mura (大和村) (in the center), and Makabe-cho (真壁町) (in the south). Iwase was formerly from Nishiibaraki District, while Makabe and Yamato were formerly from Makabe District. It has two JR East railway stations, one in Iwase, and one in Yamato, on the Mito line.

It borders Tsukuba to the south, Kasama and Ishioka to the east, Chikusei to the west, and Tochigi Prefecture to the north.

The city is lined by mountains along its east side, named Tomiya, Amabiki, Kaba and Ashio, from north to south. Mt. Tsukuba dominates the southern side, although it is not located within the borders of the city.

A bike road, called the "Tsukuba Ring-Ring Road", connects Iwase to Tsukuba along a former railway line. The city is known for its stoneworks, using the resources of Mt. Kaba, and its agriculture, using the abundant flatlands to the west of the mountains. Yamato is home to the Amabiki Kannon temple. Makabe's hina doll festival, in February, attracts visitors from surrounding towns. The eponymous Sakuragawa River has its source in Iwase.

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