On February 13, 2005, Sakashita, along with the towns of Fukuoka and Tsukechi, the villages of Hirukawa, Kashimo and Kawaue (all from Ena District), and the village of Yamaguchi (from Kiso District, Nagano Prefecture), was merged into the expanded city of Nakatsugawa and no longer exists as an independent municipality.
On February 27, 2005, the town was in the national news when five members of a household in Sakashita were stabbed and killed by a member of their family.
- "中津川市紹介（HP版）07.03.27" (PDF). Nakatsugawa official website (in Japanese). Retrieved August 19, 2011.
- Official website of Nakatsugawa (in Japanese)