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Kita, Tokyo

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Country  Japan
Population  340,287 (1 May 2015)
Region  Kantō
Area  20.61 km²
Prefecture  Tokyo
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Time zone  Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Colleges and Universities  Tokyo Seitoku College, Seibi Gakuen College, Tokyo Seitoku University
Points of interest  Kyu‑Furukawa Gardens, Asukayama Park, Akabaneshizenkansatsu Park, Ōjiinari Shrine, Kitaku Central Park

Kita (北区, Kita-ku, "Northern Ward") is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is City of Kita. The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.


Map of Kita, Tokyo, Japan

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 340,287 and a population density of 16,510 persons per km². The total area is 20.61 km².


The area was a collection of rural villages and towns until the 1880s, when it was connected by rail to central Tokyo (Oji Station opening in 1883). Parts of the area joined Tokyo City in 1932 as the Oji and Takinogawa wards. Kita was officially formed in 1947 by the merger of these wards.


The name Kita, meaning "north," reflects the location among the wards of Tokyo. To its north lie the cities of Kawaguchi and Toda in Saitama Prefecture. To the east, south and west lie other special wards: Adachi, Arakawa, Itabashi, Bunkyō, and Toshima.

Rivers include the Arakawa River and the Sumida River.

Famous sites

  • Asukayama Park
  • Ukima Park
  • Chūō Park (formerly Camp Oji)
  • Furukawa Garden
  • Nanushi-no-taki Park
  • Oji Shrine
  • Oji Inari shrine
  • Economy

    The head office of Seiyu Group is in Kita.


    The city's public elementary and middle schools are operated by the City of Kita Board of Education.

    The city's public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

  • Asuka High School
  • Akabane Commercial High School
  • Kirigaoka High School
  • Oji Technical High School
  • The following international schools are in the ward:

  • Lycée Français International de Tokyo (French)
  • Tokyo Korean Junior and Senior High School (North Korean)
  • The following universities are in the ward:

  • Tokyo University of Social Welfare
  • Tokyo Seitoku University
  • Rail

  • JR East
  • Tōhoku Main Line, Takasaki Line, Utsunomiya Line: Oku, Akabane Stations
  • Saikyō Line (Akabane Line): Itabashi, Jujo, Akabane, Kita Akabane, Ukima Funado Stations
  • Keihin-Tōhoku Line: Tabata, Kami Nakazato, Ōji, Higashi Jujo, Akabane Stations
  • Yamanote Line: Tabata Station
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation Toden Arakawa Line: Nishigahara Yonchōme, Takinogawa Itchōme, Asukayama, Ōji Ekimae, Sakae-chō, Kajiwara Stations
  • Tokyo Metro Namboku Line: Nishigahara, Ōji, Ōji Kamiya, Shimo, Akabane Iwabuchi Stations
  • Saitama Rapid Railway Line (Sainokuni Stadium Line): Akabane-Iwabuchi Station
  • Highways

  • Shuto Expressway C2 Central Loop (Itabashi JCT - Kasai JCT)
  • Route 17 (Nakasendō)
  • Notable people from Kita

  • Kōbō Abe, novelist
  • Kyoko Fukada, model, actress, and singer
  • Hikaru Ijuin, radio and television personality
  • Kiyoshi Kodama, actor
  • Kazuya Yoshii, musician
  • KOHH, rapper
  • International relations

    Kita has a sister city relationship with Xuanwu District, Beijing, China.

    It is also twinned with the following cities in Japan.

  • Sakata, Yamagata
  • Kanra, Gunma
  • Nakanojo, Gunma
  • References

    Kita, Tokyo Wikipedia