Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki

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For the fictional character Takashi Ryuugasaki, see Cyber Team in Akihabara#Other_significant_characters.
Flag of Ryūgasaki
Location of Ryūgasaki in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Ryūgasaki in Ibaraki Prefecture
Ryūgasaki is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°55′N 140°11′E / 35.917°N 140.183°E / 35.917; 140.183Coordinates: 35°55′N 140°11′E / 35.917°N 140.183°E / 35.917; 140.183
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Ibaraki Prefecture
 • Total 78.20 km2 (30.19 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 79,279
 • Density 1,013.8/km2 (2,626/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pinus
- Flower Platycodon grandiflorus
- Bird Swan
Website City of Ryugasaki
Rice paddy near Ryugasaki First Highschool in Ryugasaki, Japan.

Ryūgasaki (龍ヶ崎市 Ryūgasaki-shi?) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.


In 2013, the city had an estimated population of 79,279, with 31,013 households and a population density of 1,013.8 persons per km². The total area of the city is 78.20 km². Over the same year, the city had a birth rate of 1.6 people per day and a mortality rate of 1.9 people per day.[1]

Ryugasaki is sometimes considered part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Many residents commute to central Tokyo. The city is the hometown of the JFL semi-pro team, Ryutsu Keizai University.

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.[2]

In 1974, the city adopted the Swan, the Pinus, and Platycodon grandiflorus as its city symbols for bird, tree and flower respectively.[3]

Ryugasaki is the home of Ryutsu Keizai University. The judo club at Ryutsu Keizai was founded by former World, Olympic and All-Japan champion Isao Okano.


The modern city was founded on March 20, 1954, although the name "Ryūgasaki" can be traced back to 1182 when the 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 becoming its own domain four years later. The domain joined Ibaraki Prefecture in 1875 and Ryūgasaki received town status within the prefecture in 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.[4]


Ryugasaki City has well-known crystal glass factory. The founder received a prize for his work in international exhibition in Paris of 1937. At present, these crystal glasses are used in the Imperial Palace.[citation needed]

New Central Airlines, a commuter airline, is headquartered in the city, on the grounds of Ryūgasaki Airfield.[5][6]


  1. ^ 平成25年 統計りゅうがさき [2013 Statistics, Ryugasaki] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Ryūgasaki City. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "The Kawada Group." Kawada Industries. Retrieved on February 21, 2010.
  6. ^ "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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