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Kashima

鹿嶋市
Kashima city hall
Kashima city hall
Flag of Kashima
Flag
Official seal of Kashima
Seal
Location of Kashima in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Kashima in Ibaraki Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Ibaraki Prefecture
Area
 • Total 106.02 km2 (40.93 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2018)
 • Total 67,560
 • Density 631/km2 (1,630/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Rosa rugosa
- Bird Green pheasant
Phone number 0299-82-2911
Address 1187-1 Hirai, Kashima-shi, Ibaraki-ken 314-8655
Website http://www.city.kashima.ibaraki.jp/

Kashima is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2018, the city had an estimated population of 67,560, and a population density of 631 persons per km². Its total area is 106.02 square kilometres (40.93 sq mi). Kashima is the home of the J. League's Kashima Antlers. Its home field, Kashima Soccer Stadium, was used as a site during the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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Kashima Shrine

The city is also the site of the Kashima Shrine, a Shinto temple which is considered the birthplace of many influential styles of swordplay (Kenjutsu) in Japan. It's one of the oldest shrines in eastern Japan, founded in 660 BC according to legend, and the real date is estimated from historical studies as the 4th century.

Economy

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Kashima Steel Works

Kashima is the central city of the Kashima Industrial Zone, and it has a large industrial park with about 1500 factories, especially petrochemical and steel plants. The Japanese government created this zone in 1963, and the development was mostly completed in 1973.

Transportation

Kashima Railway KR501
Kashima Railway diesel car

Kashima is at the eastern end of the JR Kashima Line, which connects it (through the Narita Line and Sobu Line) to Chiba Prefecture and Tokyo. The Higashi-Kantō Expressway follows a similar route from Kashima to Tokyo.

The closest major airport is Narita International Airport, linked by expressway. There is a large international freight port, Kashima Port in the industrial zone.

Taya, Kashima, Ibaraki
Rural scenery in Kashima city

Geography

Kashima is located in southeastern Ibaraki Prefecture, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Kitaura portion of Lake Kasumigaura to the west. It is approximately 110 kilometers to the northeast of Tokyo.

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