Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki

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Ryūgasaki city hall
Ryūgasaki city hall
Flag of Ryūgasaki
Official seal of Ryūgasaki
Location of Ryūgasaki in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Ryūgasaki in Ibaraki Prefecture
Ryūgasaki is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°54′41.6″N 140°10′56.3″E / 35.911556°N 140.182306°E / 35.911556; 140.182306Coordinates: 35°54′41.6″N 140°10′56.3″E / 35.911556°N 140.182306°E / 35.911556; 140.182306
PrefectureIbaraki Prefecture
 • Total78.55 km2 (30.33 sq mi)
 (September 2015)
 • Total78,666
 • Density1,000/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePinus
- FlowerPlatycodon grandiflorus
- BirdSwan
Phone number0297-64-1111
Address3710 Banchi, Ryūgasaki-shi, Ibaraki-ken 301-8611

Ryūgasaki (龍ケ崎市, Ryūgasaki-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 78,666, and a population density of 1000 persons per km². Its total area is 78.55 square kilometres (30.33 sq mi).


Ryūgasaki is located in southern Ibaraki Prefecture, in the low-lying flatlands north of Lake Kasumigaura.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The name "Ryūgasaki" can be traced back to 1182 when the samurai clan ruling the territory adopted "Ryūgasaki" as their family name. Though originally part of the Sendai Domain, the region joined Miyazaku Prefecture [ja] in 1869 before merging with Ibaraki Prefecture in 1875. The town of Ryūgasaki was created with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889.

The city was formed on March 20, 1954, when the aforementioned town merged with: Nareshiba [ja], Ōmiya [ja], Yabara [ja], Nagato [ja], Kawarashiro [ja] and Kitamonma [ja]. In February 1955, the city grew to its present size when a proportion of Takasu [ja] merged with the city.[1]

In 1974, the city adopted the Swan, the Pinus, and Platycodon grandiflorus as its city symbols for bird, tree and flower respectively.[2]

The current mayor is Kazuo Nakayama, who assumed the position on January 18, 2010. Nakayama is the seventeenth and eighteenth mayor of Ryūgasaki having been re-elected to hold the position again from January 18, 2014.[3]


New Central Airlines, a commuter airline, is headquartered in the city, on the grounds of Ryūgasaki Airfield, although no commercial flights are scheduled from the city.[4][5]


Ryūgasaki has 12 elementary schools, six middle schools, and four high schools. The Ryutsu Keizai University is also located within the city.





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Noted people from Ryūgasaki[edit]


  1. ^ 平成25年 統計りゅうがさき [2013 Statistics, Ryūgasaki] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Ryūgasaki City. p. 2. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ 市民憲章、市章、市の花・木・鳥 [Townspeople's charter, city symbol, the city's flower, tree and bird] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Ryūgasaki City. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. ^ 平成25年 統計りゅうがさき [2013 Statistics, Ryugasaki] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Ryūgasaki City. p. 59. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  4. ^ "The Kawada Group." Kawada Industries. Retrieved on February 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "路線外運行." New Central Airlines. Retrieved on February 21, 2010. "お問い合わせは 〒301-0806 茨城県竜ヶ崎市半田町3177 竜ヶ崎飛行場内"

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