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Jōsō city hall
Jōsō city hall
Flag of Jōsō
Official seal of Jōsō
Location of Jōsō in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Jōsō in Ibaraki Prefecture
Jōsō is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°1′24.8″N 139°59′37.8″E / 36.023556°N 139.993833°E / 36.023556; 139.993833Coordinates: 36°1′24.8″N 139°59′37.8″E / 36.023556°N 139.993833°E / 36.023556; 139.993833
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Ibaraki Prefecture
 • Total 123.64 km2 (47.74 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
 • Total 62,686
 • Density 507/km2 (1,310/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Oak
- Flower Sakura
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0297-23-2111
Address 3222-3 Mitsukaido Suwa-cho, Jōsō-shi, Ibaraki-ken 303-8501
Website Official website
Jōsō city regional exchange center

Jōsō (常総市, Jōsō-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 62,686 and a population density of 507 persons per km². Its total area was 123.64 square kilometres (47.74 sq mi). The city has a large expatriate population from Brazil, and many of the city signs are in both Japanese and Portuguese.


Jōsō is located in southwestern Ibaraki Prefecture, approximately 50 kilometers north of central Tokyo. Most of the city is flat, with an average elevation of 10-20 meters above sea level. The Kinugawa River flows through the city.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The town of Mitsukaidō was established within Toyoda District with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The area was transferred to Yūki District in 1894. On July 10, 1954 Mitsukaidō merged with the villages of Sugawara, Ohanawa, Mitsuma, Goka, Ono and Sakate, and was elevated to city status. It further annexed the villages of Sugao and Uchimoriya on April 1, 1956.

On January 1, 2006, Mitsukaidō absorbed the neighboring town of Ishige, Yūki District, Ibaraki and officially changed their name to Jōsō.



Jōsō has 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools. In additional there are two Brazilian schools: Escola e Creche Grupo Opção and Escola Taiyo [1] One more Brazilian primary school (UBEK – Unidade Brasileira de Ensino Kanto) is now closed[2]




Local attractions[edit]

Notable people from Jōsō[edit]


  1. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. February 7, 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.

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