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Kashihara Shrine
Kashihara Shrine
Location of Kashihara in Nara
Location of Kashihara in Nara
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Nara
 • Total 39.52 km2 (15.26 sq mi)
 (January 1, 2010)
 • Total 125,547
 • Density 3,176.79/km2 (8,227.8/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Oak
- Flower Common gardenia
Phone number 0744-22-4001
Address 1-1-18 Yagi-chō, Kashihara-shi, Nara-ken

Kashihara is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan. As of April 1, 2015, the city has an estimated population of 124,829, with 52,034 households. Population density is around 3,176.79 persons per km², and the total area is 39.52 km².

The city was founded on February 11, 1956. The former mayor was Yutaka Asoda, who was elected to his third term of office in 2003. The present mayor is Yutaka Morishita, who was elected in 2007.

The exact spot of Emperor Jimmu's descent to earth was debated for centuries until in 1863 an area that is now part of the city was claimed to be the exact location. The city was the location of the Imperial capital Fujiwara-kyō, from 694 to 710.

In the late 16th century it was said to be one of the two richest autonomous cities of Japan.

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