Moriya, Ibaraki

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Moriya city hall
Moriya city hall
Flag of Moriya
Official seal of Moriya
Location of Moriya in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Moriya in Ibaraki Prefecture
Moriya is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°57′5.1″N 139°58′31.5″E / 35.951417°N 139.975417°E / 35.951417; 139.975417Coordinates: 35°57′5.1″N 139°58′31.5″E / 35.951417°N 139.975417°E / 35.951417; 139.975417
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Ibaraki Prefecture
 • Total 35.71 km2 (13.79 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
 • Total 64,644
 • Density 1,810/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Lilium auratum
- Bird Chinese bamboo partridge
Phone number 0297-45-1111
Address Okashiwa 950-1, Moriya-shi, Ibaraki-ken 302-0116

Moriya (守谷市, Moriya-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 64,644, and a population density of 1810 persons per km². Its total area is 35.71 square kilometres (13.79 sq mi).


Moriya is located in southwestern Ibaraki Prefecture, bordering on Chiba Prefecture to the southwest. The city is surrounded by three rivers, the Kinugawa, Kokaigawa and the Tone River, one of the longest rivers in Japan. In terms of area, it is the smallest city in Ibaraki Prefecture. It is located approximately 35 kilometers from central Tokyo.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


Moriya developed in the Kamakura period as a castle town ruled by the Soma clan. During the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate, much of the area was ruled as part of Sakura Domain, followed by Sekiyado Domain. The town of Moriya was established within Kitasōma District on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. It was elevated to city status February 2, 2002.


Moriya has numerous industrial parks, and its economy is highly industrialized. It is also increasingly a bedroom community for greater Tokyo.


Moriya has nine elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools.




Sister city relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • site of Moriya Castle

Notable people from Moriya[edit]


  1. ^ "Moriya, Japan Student Exchange Program". Cultural Affairs Division, City of Greeley. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Partnerstadt Moriya (Japan)". Leben in Mainburg (in German). Stadt Mainburg im Hopfenlan. 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

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