Kasumigaura, Ibaraki

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Kasumigaura
かすみがうら市
City
Kasumigaura city hall
Kasumigaura city hall
Flag of Kasumigaura
Flag
Official seal of Kasumigaura
Seal
Location of Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture
Kasumigaura is located in Japan
Kasumigaura
Kasumigaura
 
Coordinates: 36°9′6.3″N 140°14′13.6″E / 36.151750°N 140.237111°E / 36.151750; 140.237111Coordinates: 36°9′6.3″N 140°14′13.6″E / 36.151750°N 140.237111°E / 36.151750; 140.237111
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Ibaraki Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Toru Tsuboi (since July 2014)
Area
 • Total 156.60 km2 (60.46 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
 • Total 41,715
 • Density 266/km2 (690/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese Chestnut
- Flower Hydrangea
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0299-59-2111
Address 461 Kamitsuchida, Kasumigaura-shi, Ibaraki-ken 315-8512
Website Official website

Kasumigaura (かすみがうら市 Kasumigaura-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 41,715 and a population density of 266 persons per km². Its total area was 156.60 square kilometres (60.46 sq mi). The city takes its name from the nearby lake, Lake Kasumigaura. The city has the distinction of having the longest name in Japan (in terms of the number of characters used), together with Ichikikushikino and Tsukubamirai. Much of the city is within the borders of the Suigō-Tsukuba Quasi-National Park.

Geography[edit]

Kasumigaura is located in central Ibaraki Prefecture, on a peninsula bordered by Lake Kasumigaura on two sides to the southeast and southwest. It is approximately 60 kilometers to the northeast of Tokyo.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The village of Dejima was established within Niihari District on February 11, 1955 through the merger of the villages of Shimootsu, Minami, Ushiwata, Saga, Anshoku and Shishiko. It was elevated to town status on April 1, 1997 and was renamed Kasumigaura.

The town of Kasumigaura merged with the neighboring town of Chiyoda on March 28, 2005, becoming the city of Kasumigaura.

Economy[edit]

Kasumigaura has primarily an agricultural economy, with lotus root, and various fruits as the major cash crops. Aquaculture on Lake Kasumigaura also plays a role.

Education[edit]

Kasumigaura has 14 elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

  • Kasumigaura is not served by any passenger railway service. The nearest train station is Kandatsu on the JR East Jōban Line in neighboring Tsuchiura.

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Notable people from Kasumigaura[edit]

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