Ishioka, Ibaraki

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Ishioka

石岡市
Upper: Lake Kasumigaura, Mt Tsukuba Middle: Ishioka festival, Mt Kabasan, lower: Ishioka street scene
Upper: Lake Kasumigaura, Mt Tsukuba
Middle: Ishioka festival, Mt Kabasan, lower: Ishioka street scene
Flag of Ishioka
Flag
Official seal of Ishioka
Seal
Location of Ishioka in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Ishioka in Ibaraki Prefecture
Ishioka is located in Japan
Ishioka
Ishioka
 
Coordinates: 36°11′27″N 140°17′14″E / 36.19083°N 140.28722°E / 36.19083; 140.28722Coordinates: 36°11′27″N 140°17′14″E / 36.19083°N 140.28722°E / 36.19083; 140.28722
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureIbaraki Prefecture
Area
 • Total215.53 km2 (83.22 sq mi)
Population
(September 2015)
 • Total75,906
 • Density352/km2 (910/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeCastanopsis
- FlowerLilium
- BirdEurasian skylark
Phone number0299-23-1111
Address1-1-1 Ishioka, Ishioka-shi, Ibakaki-ken 315-8640
Websitehttp://www.city.ishioka.lg.jp/

Ishioka (石岡市, Ishioka-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 75,906, and a population density of 352 persons per km². Its total area is 215.53 square kilometres (83.22 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Inashiki is located in central Ibaraki Prefecture, bordered by Lake Kasumigaura to the south.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

During the Nara period, the provincial capital of Hitachi Province was located in what is now part of the city of Ishioka. The area was known as Hitachi- Fuchū (常陸府中), or simply as “Fuchū” for most of history and developed as a castle town during the Edo period for Hitachi-Fuchū Domain. The domain was renamed “Ishioka Domain” in 1869. With the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889 after the Meiji restoration, the town of Ishio was created. Much of the town was destroyed in a fire of March 14, 1929. Ishioka was raised to city status on February 11, 1954. The new city annexed the neighboring villages of Mi and Sekigawa on December 1, 1954. On October 1, 2005, the town of Yasato (from Niihari District) was merged into Ishioka.

Economy[edit]

Education[edit]

Ishioka has 19 elementary schools, eight public and one private middle schools, and three public and one private high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • site of Hitachi Kokubun-ji
  • site of Hitachi provincial capital
  • Funatsukyama Kofun

Notable people from Ishioka[edit]

External links[edit]

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