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Sakurai, Nara

View of Omiwa Shrine, one of sightseeing spot in Sakurai
View of Omiwa Shrine, one of sightseeing spot in Sakurai
Location of Sakurai in Nara Prefecture
Location of Sakurai in Nara Prefecture
Sakurai is located in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Nara Prefecture
 • Mayor Akira Hasegawa
 • Total 98.92 km2 (38.19 sq mi)
Population (December 28, 2011)
 • Total 60,705
 • Density 613.68/km2 (1,589.4/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Postal code(s) 633-8585
- Tree Cryptomeria
- Flower Prunus jamasakura
Phone number 0744-42-9111
Address 432-1 Ōaza Ōdono
Website City of Sakurai

Sakurai (桜井市 Sakurai-shi) is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 1, 2015, the city has an estimated population of 58,436, and 24,389 households.[1] The population density is 613.68 persons per km², and the total area is 98.92 km².


  • History 1
  • Famous places 2
  • Transportation 3
    • Rail 3.1
    • Road 3.2
  • Sister cities 4
    • In Japan 4.1
    • Outside Japan 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Sakurai was briefly the capital of Japan during the reign of Emperor Yūryaku.[2] The life of the Imperial court was centered at Hatsuse no Asakura Palace where the emperor lived in 457–479.[3] Other emperors also built palaces in the area, including

The modern city was founded on September 1, 1956.

Sakurai is home to Ōmiwa Shrine, traditionally considered one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan dedicated to the god of sake. Sake dealers across Japan often hang a wooden sugi ball, made at Ōmiwa Shrine, as a talisman to the god of sake. It was featured in Yukio Mishima's novel Runaway Horses.

Famous places




Sister cities

In Japan

Outside Japan


  1. ^ "市町村別推計人口・世帯数".  
  2. ^ Ponsonby-Fane. (1915). The Imperial Family of Japan, p. 13.
  3. ^ a b c d Koch, W. (1904). p. 13Japan; Geschichte nach japanischen Quellen und ethnographische Skizzen. Mit einem Stammbaum des Kaisers von Japan,.
  4. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 14; excerpt, "Mikaguri Palace"
  5. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 15.
  6. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 16.
  7. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 17.
  8. ^ Brown, Delmer. (1979). pp. 262-263Gukanshō,; excerpt, "... palace was Osada no Miya of Iware in the province of Yamato."
  9. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 18.

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Sakurai City official website (Japanese)
  • Sakurai City official website (English)
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