|— City —|
|• Mayor||Seiichi Ui (since May 2006)|
|• Total||262.31 km2 (101.28 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2012)|
|• Density||310/km2 (800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Japanese iris, Iris laevigata|
|- Bird||Great Reed Warbler|
|Address||Sawaraguchi 2127, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken
|Website||City of Katori|
Katori (香取市 Katori-shi ) is a city located in northern Chiba, Japan. As of April 2012, the city had an estimated population of 81,240 and a population density of 310 persons per km². The total area was 262.31 km². Katori Shrine is in the city of Katori, as is the old merchant town and canal of Sawara.
Katori is located in far northeastern Chiba Prefecture, along the lower reaches of the Tone River.
After the Meiji Restoration, the towns of Sawara and Omigawa and villages of Katori, Kanishi and Higashi-Daito were founded within Katori District on May 23 1890. Katori was raised to town status on May 5, 1897. On March 15, 1951, the city of Sawara was formed by the merger of Katori, Sawara, Omigawa and Higashi-Daito. Sawara expanded on February 11, 1955 by annexing the neighboring villages of Niijima, Okura, Mizuho and Tsunomiya. On March 27, 2006, Sawara merged with the towns of Kurimoto, Omigawa and Yamada, all from Katori District to form the new city of Katori.
Katori is a regional commercial center. The economy is primarily agricultural, with rice, chives, onions, and greater burdock as major crops.
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