Sakura (さくら市, Sakura-shi) is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 August 2020[update], the city had an estimated population of 44,751 in 16,675 households, and a population density of 360 persons per km². The total area of the city is 125.63 square kilometres (48.51 sq mi).
Sakura City Hall
Location of Sakura in Tochigi Prefecture
|• Total||125.63 km2 (48.51 sq mi)|
|• Density||360/km2 (920/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||2771 Ujiie, Sakura-shi, Tochigi-ken 329-1311|
Sakura is located in central-east Tochigi Prefecture, at the far-northern portion of the Kantō plains. the city is approximately 115 kilometers north of the Tokyo metropolis and 15 kilometers north of the prefectural capital of Utsunomiya. It consists mostly of flat land extending to the east of the Kinugawa River, and hilly land to the east of several tributaries of the Naka River.
Sakura has a Humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Sakura is 13.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1425 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.6 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Sakura has increased over the past 40 years.
The town of Kitsuregawa was established on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the modern municipalities system. The city of Sakura was established on March 28, 2005 with the merger of the towns of Kitsuregawa and Ujiie (both from Shioya District).
Sakura has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city assembly of 18 members. Sakura, together with the towns of Shioya and Takanezawa collectively contributes two members to the Tochigi Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the town is part of Tochigi 2nd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
Agriculture, primarily rice cultivation, is a mainstay of the local economy. The city is increasingly a bedroom community for nearby Utsunomiya.
Media related to Sakura, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)