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Sagamihara 相模原市, Sagamihara-shi is a city in north-central Kanagawa Prefecture, bordering Tokyo, Japan It is the third most populous city in the prefecture, after Yokohama and Kawasaki, and the fifth most populous suburb of Greater Tokyo Its northern neighbor is Machida, with which a cross-prefectural merger has been proposed1

As of April 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 720,986, with 316,648 households,2 and a population density of 2,200 persons per km² The total area was 32891 km²3

On 1 April 2010, the city became the 19th city designated by government ordinance As a result of this, three wards were established: Midori-ku, Chūō-ku and Minami-ku


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 21 Wards
    • 22 Surrounding municipalities
  • 3 Transportation
    • 31 Rail
    • 32 Highways
  • 4 Tourist attractions
  • 5 Sports
  • 6 Sister cities
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


A street view in Sagamihara Sagamihara city hall

The area of modern Sagamihara has been settled since ancient times, and has a number of remains from the Japanese Paleolithic period and Kofun period have been found It was home to the Yokoyama clan, one of the seven warrior clans of the Musashi region during the early Kamakura period During the Edo period, the lands around Sagamihara were tenryō territory theoretically administered directly by the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo; however, in reality, the area was a patchwork of small fiefs held by various hatamoto, as well as exclaves under the control of the Ogino-Yamanaka Domain and Karasuyama Domain

After the Meiji Restoration, the eastern portion was part of Kōza District, and the western portion was part of Tsukui District The Kōza District portion was administratively divided into six villages on 1 April 1889 The area was the location of extensive training facilities and arsenals of the Imperial Japanese Army during the 1930s These villages were merged on 29 April 1941 together with neighboring Zama Town to create Sagamihara Town At the time of its formation, it was the largest town in Japan in terms of area

On 1 September 1948 Zama was administratively separated into Zama Town The remaining portion became Sagamihara City on 20 November 1954 The city population had grown steadily, partly due to local industrial development, and partly due to the city's excellent transportation infrastructure connecting it to Yokohama, Tokyo and Hachiōji It was designated a core city with increased autonomy in 2003

On 20 March 2006, Sagamihara absorbed the towns of Tsukui and Sagamiko both from Tsukui District The merged city consisted of two geographically separate areas, as two other towns of Tsukui District Fujino and Shiroyama elected to remain separate A further merger on 11 March 2007 joined Fujino and Shiroyama with Sagamihara, thus geographically unifying the city, and dissolving former Tsukui District In 2007, the population of Sagamihara exceeded 700,000 In 2010, Sagamihara was redesignated as a government ordinance city and split into 3 wards Midori-ku, Chūō-ku, and Minami-ku

On 25 July 2016, 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a mass stabbing incident at a disabled care home in the city by Satoshi Uematsu, the perpetrator4


Sagamihara covers a large area of northwestern Kanagawa Prefecture The main areas of commercial activity in Sagamihara are located near Hashimoto Station on the JR East Yokohama Line and Keio Sagamihara Line; Sagamihara Station on the Yokohama Line; and Sagami-Ōno Station on the Odakyu Odawara Linecitation needed Western Sagamihara is within the Tanzawa Mountains


  • Midori-ku
  • Chūō-ku - administrative center
  • Minami-ku

Surrounding municipalitiesedit

Kanagawa Prefecture

  • Zama
  • Yamato
  • Atsugi
  • Aikawa
  • Kiyokawa
  • Yamakita


  • Machida
  • Hachioji
  • Hinohara

Yamanashi Prefecture

  • Uenohara
  • Dōshi



  • JR East - Yokohama Line
    • Kobuchi - Fuchinobe - Yabe - Sagamihara - Hashimoto
  • JR East - Sagami Line
    • Sōbudai-shita - Shimomizo - Harataima - Banda - Kamimizo - Minami-Hashimoto - Hashimoto
  • JR East - Chūō Main Line
    • Sagamiko - Fujino
  • Odakyu Electric Railway - Odakyu Odawara Line
    • Sagami-Ono - Odakyū-Sagamihara - Higashi-Rinkan
  • Keio Corporation - Sagamihara Line
    • Hashimoto


  • Chūō Expressway
  • Ken-Ō Expressway
  • Japan National Route 16
  • Japan National Route 20
  • Japan National Route 129
  • Japan National Route 412
  • Japan National Route 413

Tourist attractionsedit

  • Sagami Lake
  • Yōgen Temple 妙現寺, built in 1598
  • Sagamihara Prefectural Park


  • Mitsubishi Dynaboars
  • SC Sagamihara

Sister citiesedit

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada since 1 January 1998
  • Trail, British Columbia, Canada, since 15 April 1991
  • Wuxi, China, since 6 October 1985


  1. ^ Merger proposal in Japanese Translate to English: Google, Bing
  2. ^ "Official website of Sagamihara City" in Japanese Japan: Sagamihara City Retrieved 5 May 2017 
  3. ^ "Overview of Sagamihara City" in Japanese Japan: Sagamihara City Retrieved 5 May 2017 
  4. ^ McCurry, Justin 26 July 2016 "Japan Knife Attack: Stabbing at Care Centre Leaves 19 Dead and Dozens Wounded" The Guardian Guardian News and Media Retrieved 26 July 2016 

External linksedit

  • Official website in Japanese

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