Sakuragawa city hall
Location of Sakuragawa in Ibaraki Prefecture
|• Total||180.06 km2 (69.52 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2015)|
|• Density||236/km2 (610/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Lilium auratum|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||1023 Haneda, Sakuragawa-shi, Ibaraki-ken 309-1293|
Sakuragawa (桜川市 Sakuragawa-shi?) is a city located in Yūki District, Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 42,484 and a population density of 236 persons per km². Its total area was 180.06 km².
Located in central-western Ibaraki Prefecture, Sakuragawa is bordered by Tochigi Prefecture to the north. The city is lined by mountains along its east side, named Tomiya, Amabiki, Kaba and Ashio, from north to south. Mt. Tsukuba dominates the southern side, although it is not located within the borders of the city. The eponymous Sakuragawa River has its source in the Iwase area of the city.
The city of Sakuragawa was established on October 1, 2005, from the merger of the towns of Iwase (in the north), Makabe (in the south) with the village of Yamato (in the center). Iwase was formerly from Nishiibaraki District, while Makabe and Yamato were formerly from Makabe District.
The economy of Sakuragawa is primarily agricultural. Stone quarrying is also important.
Sakuragawa has seven elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools.
- Makabe old town with 104 buildings listed as Registered Tangible Cultural Properties
- Amibiki Kannon
- Makabe Doll Festival
- "Tsukuba Ring-Ring Road" – a bicycle road connecting Iwase to Tsukuba along a former railway line.
Noted people from Sakuragawa
- Tamon Hasegawa, politician
Media related to Sakuragawa, Ibaraki at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)