Sakura-ku (桜区 Sakura-ku) is one of ten wards of the city of Saitama, in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, and is located in the southwestern part of the city. As of 1 February 2016[update], the ward had an estimated population of 98,029 and a population density of 5,260 persons per km². Its total area was 18.64 square kilometres (7.20 sq mi).
Sakura Ward Office, Saitama City
Location of Sakura-ku in Saitama
|• Total||18.64 km2 (7.20 sq mi)|
|• Density||5,260/km2 (13,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||4-3-1 Dōjō, Sakura-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken 338-8586|
Sakura Ward is located in the far southwestern corner of Saitama City on the floodplain of the Arakawa River and the Kamo River.
The area of modern Sakura Ward has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and there are many kofun burial mounds in the area. The villages of Okubo and Tsuchiai and Miyamoto were created within Kitaadachi District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On January 1, 1955 these villages were annexed by Urawa City. On May 1, 2001 the cities of Urawa, Yono and Ōmiya merged to form the new city of Saitama. When Saitama was proclaimed a designated city in 2003, the area corresponding to former Okubo and most of former became Sakura Ward. The name of Sakura-ku means "Cherry-ward" literally, though it refers to Sakura-sō (Japanese primrose), as this area has been well known for wild primrose flowers.
- Saitama University
- Sakura-ku has eight elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools and one special education school.
Saikyo Line (Minamiyono- Station), Kehin Tohuku Line (Kita-urawa Station)