Namegata (行方市 Namegata-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 34,928, and a population density of 157 persons per km2. Its total area is 222.48 square kilometres (85.90 sq mi).
Namegata is located in south-central Ibaraki Prefecture, bordered by Lake Kasumigaura to the east and west. It is located approximately 70 kilometers from central Tokyo.
During the Edo period, portions of what later became the city of Namegata were under the control of Asō Domain, a feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The towns of Asō and Tamazukuri were created with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The village of Kitaura was established on April 1, 1955, and elevated to town status on October 1, 1997. The three towns merged to form the city of Namegata on September 2, 2005.
The economy of Namegata is primarily agriculture, with aquaculture on Lake Kasumigaura taking a predominant role.
Namegata has 18 elementary schools, five middle schools, and two high schools.
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