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The city of Sakura has more old samurai residences still standing than any other town in Japan. This has made it a popular location for filming movies and television dramas set in samurai times. Located in the northern part of Chiba Prefecture, in the center of the Shimousa Plateau, Sakura is just 40 km from the center of Tokyo. Narita International Airport is 15 km to the east, and the city of Chiba, the seat of the prefectural government, is 20 km to the southwest. Lake Inbanuma stretches around the north of the city. Sakura has a total land area of 103.69 square kilometers.
Sakura’s terrain is characterized by the plateau and hillsides stretching south from Lake Inbanuma. Kashima, Takasaki, and Otake Rivers run through the city into Lake Inbanuma. The plateau slopes upward from north to south and has an altitude of around 30 meters.
The climate is relatively temperate, with an average annual temperature of around 15ºC. There is still an abundance of natural beauty around Lake Inbanuma, around the ruins of Sakura Castle, and in the farming communities to the east and south of the city.

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CAR
60
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FROM TOKYO Higashi-Kanto Expressway, Approx. 60 min. from Tokyo-Hakozaki Junction to Sakura Interchange or Yotsukaido Interchange.
25
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FROM NARITA Higashi-Kanto Expressway, Approx. 25 min. from Narita Interchange to Sakura Interchange or Yotsukaido Interchange.

TRAIN
55
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FROM TOKYO Keisei Main Line, Approx. 55 min. by Limited Express or Rapid Limited Express from Ueno Station.
60
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JR Sobu Main Line, Approx. 60 min. by Rapid Train from Tokyo Station.
20
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FROM NARITA Keisei Main Line, Approx. 20 min. by Limited Express from Narita Airport Station

The samurai in the illustrations on this website is modeled on Henmi Sōsuke, a samurai hailing from Sakura. After the domains were abolished in the Meiji Restoration, Henmi became a specialist instructor in the kenjutsu training unit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, becoming a central figure in police martial arts and establishing the Keishiryu school of kenjutsu fencing, iai, and jujutsu.
* Henmi Sōsuke was the eldest son of Henmi Chuzo, the 17th grandmaster of the Tatsumi-ryu school of martial arts.


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