is a city
located in north central Kanagawa
, bordering Tokyo
. It is the third most populous city in the prefecture, after Yokohama
, and the fifth most populous suburb
in Greater Tokyo
. Its northern neighbor is Machida
, with which a cross-prefectural merger has been proposed (
As of 2007, the city has an estimated population of 705,141, and a total area of 328.84 km². It is the city that occupies the 2nd largest area in the prefecture, after Yokohama.
The city gained city status on November 20, 1954.
The main areas of commercial activity in Sagamihara are located near: Hashimoto Station on the JR East Yokohama Line and Keio Sagamihara Line; Sagamihara Station on the Yokohama Line; and Sagami-Ōno Station on the Odakyū Odawara Line.
On March 20
, the existing city of Sagamihara merged with Tsukui
. The merged city consisted of two geographically separate areas, as two other municipalities, Fujino
, elected to remain separate from the new city. A further merger on March 11
joined Fujino and Shiroyama with Sagamihara, thus the new city is no longer separated.