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Katori (香取市, Katori-shi) is a city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Katori

香取市
A view of October Sawara Festival, these festival held on July and October
A view of October Sawara Festival, these festival held on July and October
Flag of Katori
Flag
Official seal of Katori
Seal
Location of Katori in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Katori in Chiba Prefecture
Katori is located in Japan
Katori
Katori
 
Coordinates: 35°41′N 140°2′E / 35.683°N 140.033°E / 35.683; 140.033Coordinates: 35°41′N 140°2′E / 35.683°N 140.033°E / 35.683; 140.033
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureChiba Prefecture
Government
 • MayorSeiichi Ui (since May 2006)
Area
 • Total262.31 km2 (101.28 sq mi)
Population
 (April 1, 2012)
 • Total81,240
 • Density310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeSakura
• FlowerJapanese iris (Iris laevigata)
• BirdGreat reed warbler
Phone number0478-54-1111
AddressSawaraguchi 2127, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken
287-8501
Websitehttp://www.city.katori.lg.jp/
Katori City Hall
A view of old Sawara

As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 81,240, and a population density of 310 persons per km2. The total area is 262.31 km2.

Katori Shrine is in the city of Katori, as is the old merchant town and canal of Sawara.

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GeographyEdit

Katori is located in far northeastern Chiba Prefecture, along the lower reaches of the Tone River.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

After the Meiji Restoration, the area consisted of the towns of Sawara and Omigawa, and the villages of Katori, Kanishi and Higashi-Daito (founded within Katori District on May 23 1890). Katori was raised to town status on May 5, 1897. On March 15, 1951, the city of Sawara was formed by the merger of Katori, Sawara, Omigawa and Higashi-Daito. Sawara expanded on February 11, 1955 by annexing the neighboring villages of Niijima, Okura, Mizuho and Tsunomiya.

On March 27, 2006, the modern city of Katori was created when Sawara was merged with the towns of Kurimoto, Omigawa and Yamada (all from Katori District).

EconomyEdit

Katori is a regional commercial center. The economy is primarily agricultural, with rice, chives, onions, and greater burdock as major crops.

TransportationEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Noted people from KatoriEdit

External linksEdit