Hitachinaka, Ibaraki

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Hitachiōnaka city hall
Hitachiōnaka city hall
Flag of Hitachinaka
Official seal of Hitachinaka
Location of Hitachinaka in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Hitachinaka in Ibaraki Prefecture
Hitachinaka is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°23′48.1″N 140°32′4.8″E / 36.396694°N 140.534667°E / 36.396694; 140.534667Coordinates: 36°23′48.1″N 140°32′4.8″E / 36.396694°N 140.534667°E / 36.396694; 140.534667
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Ibaraki Prefecture
 • Total 99.83 km2 (38.54 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
 • Total 156,619
 • Density 1,570/km2 (4,100/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Ginkgo biloba
- Flower Hamagiku (Chrysanthemum nipponicum)
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 029-273-0111
Address 2-10-1 Higashiishikawa, Hitachinaka-shi, Ibaraki-ken 312-8501
Website Official website

Hitachinaka (ひたちなか市 Hitachinaka-shi?) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 156,619 and a population density of 1570 persons per km². Its total area was 99.83 square kilometres (38.54 sq mi). It is a “hiragana city”, the place name is written with the hiragana syllabary, and not the traditional kanji.


Hitachinaka is located in central Ibaraki Prefecture, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The towns of Hiraiso and Minato, as well as the village of Katsuta were created within Naka District with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Minato was renamed Nakaminato in 1938. Katsuta was elevated to town status in 1940. During World War II, the area was subject to air raids, and to shelling by Allied warships due to its numerous factories producing war-related materials. On March 31, 1954 the towns of Nakaminato and Hiraiso merged, forming the city of Nakaminato. Katsuta was raised to city status on November 1 of the same year. The two cities merged on November 1, 1994 to form the city of Hitachinaka.


Hitachinaka developed primarily as a company town for Hitachi group factories, and Hitachi remains the primary employer. Secondary industries include commercial fishing, agriculture and seasonal tourism.


Hitachinaka has 20 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and five high schools. There is also one technical institute and one special education school.




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Hitachinaka is twinned with:[citation needed]

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