Ushiku city hall
Location of Ushiku in Ibaraki Prefecture
|• Total||58.92 km2 (22.75 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,430/km2 (3,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Osmanthus fragrans|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||3-15-1 Chuo, Ushiku-shi, Ibaraki-ken 300-1292|
Ushiku (牛久市, Ushiku-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 84,285 and a population density of 1,430 persons per km². Its total area is 58.92 square kilometres (22.75 sq mi).
Ushiku is located in southern Ibaraki Prefecture, in the low-lying marshy flatlands south of Lake Kasumigaura. It is about 50 kilometers from central Tokyo.
The village of Ushiku was created with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On January 1, 1954 it was elevated to town status and to city status on June 1, 1986.
Ushiku is a local commercial center and has a small industrial park. However, the local economy remains based on agriculture, primarily rice cultivation.
Ushiku has eight elementary schools, six middle schools, and four high schools.
Sister city relations
- Hitachiōta, Ibaraki, Japan (1986)
- Shikama, Miyagi, Japan (1988)
- Greve in Chianti, Italy (2013)
- Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada (1985) 
- Orange, New South Wales, Australia (1990)
- Ushiku Daibutsu, one of the world's tallest statues
- Chateau Kamiya, a wine chateau started in 1901
- Ushikunuma, a scenic lake that is said to be the birthplace of the mythical kappa beast.
- Higashi Nihon Immigration Center, Japan's largest detention center for the incarceration of immigrants.
Noted people from Ushiku
- Kiyomi Niwata, Olympic triathlete
- Takumi Kobe, professional baseball player
- Shigeki Osawa, mixed martial artist
- Kisenosato, sumo wrestler
- Murakami Kenji, comedian (Fruit Punch)
- Hiroshi Kamiya, voice actor (born in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, but his home town is Ushiku)
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- "Sister City Exchange Program - Ushiku, Japan". Whitehorse, The Wilderness City. Whitehorse, Yukon official home page. 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
- "Sister Cities". Orange City Council, Australia's Colour City. Orange City official home page. 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
- "Detainees' families fighting for dignity — and hugs | The Japan Times". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
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- Official Website (in Japanese)