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Kasumigaura (かすみがうら市, Kasumigaura-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 41,715, and a population density of 266 persons per km². Its total area is 156.60 square kilometres (60.46 sq mi). The city takes its name from the nearby lake, Lake Kasumigaura. The city has the distinction of having the longest name in Japan (in terms of the number of characters used), together with Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima Prefecture and Tsukubamirai. Much of the city is within the borders of the Suigō-Tsukuba Quasi-National Park.

Kasumigaura

かすみがうら市
Kasumigaura city hall
Kasumigaura city hall
Flag of Kasumigaura
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Official logo of Kasumigaura
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Location of Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture
Kasumigaura is located in Japan
Kasumigaura
Kasumigaura
 
Coordinates: 36°9′6.3″N 140°14′13.6″E / 36.151750°N 140.237111°E / 36.151750; 140.237111Coordinates: 36°9′6.3″N 140°14′13.6″E / 36.151750°N 140.237111°E / 36.151750; 140.237111
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureIbaraki Prefecture
Government
 • MayorToru Tsuboi (since July 2014)
Area
 • Total156.60 km2 (60.46 sq mi)
Population
 (September 2015)
 • Total41,715
 • Density266/km2 (690/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeJapanese Chestnut
- FlowerHydrangea
- BirdJapanese bush warbler
Phone number0299-59-2111
Address461 Kamitsuchida, Kasumigaura-shi, Ibaraki-ken 315-8512
Websitehttp://www.city.kasumigaura.lg.jp/

GeographyEdit

Kasumigaura is located in central Ibaraki Prefecture, on a peninsula bordered by Lake Kasumigaura on two sides to the southeast and southwest. It is approximately 60 kilometers to the northeast of Tokyo.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

The village of Dejima was established within Niihari District on February 11, 1955 through the merger of the villages of Shimootsu, Minami, Ushiwata, Saga, Anshoku and Shishiko. It was elevated to town status on April 1, 1997 and was renamed Kasumigaura.

The town of Kasumigaura merged with the neighboring town of Chiyoda on March 28, 2005, becoming the city of Kasumigaura.

EconomyEdit

Kasumigaura has primarily an agricultural economy, with lotus root, and various fruits as the major cash crops. Aquaculture on Lake Kasumigaura also plays a role.

EducationEdit

Kasumigaura has 14 elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  • Kasumigaura is not served by any passenger railway service. The nearest train station is Kandatsu on the JR East Jōban Line in neighboring Tsuchiura.

HighwayEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Notable people from KasumigauraEdit

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