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Itako

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Kanto  /  Ibaraki Prefecture  /  Itako
Itako is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 29,047 and a population density of 407 persons per km2. Its total area was 71.40sqkm. It is known for its annual iris festival (the Itako Ayame Matsuri). Much of the city is within the borders of the Suigo-Tsukuba Quasi-National Park.GeographyItako is located in southern Ibaraki Prefecture, bordered by Chiba Prefecture to the south, and sandwiched between Lake Kasumigaura to the west and Lake Kitaura to the east. The Tone River also flows through the city, which has been noted since the Edo period for its network of canals. The city is approximately 80 kilometers north of Tokyo.Surrounding municipalities Ibaraki Prefecture Kashima InashikiKamisu NamegataKatoriHistoryThe town of Itako was established within Namegata District with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Itako annexed the neighboring villages of Tsuwa, Nobutaka and Ouhara on February 11, 1955. The city of Itako was established on April 1, 2001, from the merger of the former town of Itako, absorbing the town of Ushibori (both from Namegata District).
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