Maekawa Iris Park
Location of Itako in Ibaraki Prefecture
|• Total||71.40 km2 (27.57 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2015)|
|• Density||407/km2 (1,050/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Bird||Great Reed Warbler|
|Address||626 Tsuji, Itako-shi, Ibaraki-ken 311-2493|
Itako (潮来市 Itako-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 29,047 and a population density of 407 persons per km². Its total area was 71.40 square kilometres (27.57 sq mi). It is known for its annual iris festival (the Itako Ayame Matsuri). Much of the city is within the borders of the Suigo-Tsukuba Quasi-National Park.
Itako is located in southern Ibaraki Prefecture, bordered by Chiba Prefecture to the south, and sandwiched between Lake Kasumigaura to the west and Lake Kitaura to the east. The Tone River also flows through the city, which has been noted since the Edo period for its network of canals. The city is approximately 80 kilometers north of Tokyo.
The town of Itako was established within Namegata District with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Itako annexed the neighboring villages of Tsuwa, Nobutaka and Ouhara on February 11, 1955. The city of Itako was established on April 1, 2001, from the merger of the former town of Itako, absorbing the town of Ushibori (both from Namegata District).
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Itako has six elementary schools, four middle schools, and one high school.
- Suigo Itako Iris Gardens
- Junikyo Bridges
- Kongenyama park
- Nihonmatsu-dera Buddhist temple
- Inariyama Park
- Chōshō-ji Buddhist temple
- Suigo Hokusai Park
- Road Station Itako
- Suigo Dragonfly Ppark
Notable people from Itako
- Kenji Koyano – professional football player
- Keita Sugimoto – professional football player
- Tatsuya Kawahara – professional football player
- Mitsuo Yanagimachi – movie director
- 潮来市の沿革. Itako official website (in Japanese). Itako City. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
Media related to Itako, Ibaraki at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)