Kita, Tokyo

Summary

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.

Kita
北区
Special ward
Kita City
Asukayama Park in Ōji, Kita, Tokyo
Asukayama Park in Ōji, Kita, Tokyo
Flag of Kita
Official seal of Kita
Location of Kita in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Kita in Tokyo Metropolis
Kita is located in Japan
Kita
Kita
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°45′N 139°44′E / 35.750°N 139.733°E / 35.750; 139.733Coordinates: 35°45′N 139°44′E / 35.750°N 139.733°E / 35.750; 139.733
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
Government
 • MayorYosōta Hanakawa
Area
 • Total20.61 km2 (7.96 sq mi)
Population
 (May 1, 2015)
 • Total340,287
 • Density16,510/km2 (42,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
Websitewww.city.kita.tokyo.jp
Symbols
FlowerRhododendron
TreeCherry blossom

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.

Districts and neighborhoodsEdit

HistoryEdit

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 Ōji (former Ōji and Iwabuchi towns) and Takinogawa (former Takinogawa town) Wards. Kita was officially formed in 1947 by the merger of these wards.[1]

GeographyEdit

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.

Four rivers run through Kita:

Famous sitesEdit

EconomyEdit

The head office of Seiyu Group is in Kita.[9]

EducationEdit

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 [ja] (東京都立飛鳥高等学校)
  • Akabane Commercial High School [ja] (東京都立赤羽商業高等学校)
  • Kirigaoka High School [ja] (東京都立桐ケ丘高等学校)
  • Oji Technical High School [ja] (東京都立王子総合高等学校)

The following private domestic schools are in the ward:

The following international schools are in the ward:

The following universities are in the ward:

TransportationEdit

RailEdit

HighwaysEdit

  • Shuto Expressway C2 Central Loop (Itabashi JCT – Kasai JCT)
  • Route 17 (Nakasendō)

Notable people from KitaEdit

International relationsEdit

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

It is also twinned with the following cities in Japan.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.city.kita.tokyo.jp/yoran/rekishi.html[dead link]
  2. ^ "Oji, a greenery historic town with budget-friendly attractions". Tokyo Travel. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Kyu Furukawa Gardens". Official Tokyo Travel Guide. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Oji, a greenery historic town with budget-friendly attractions". Tokyo Travel. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "Oji Jinja Shrine". Official Tokyo Travel Guide. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Oji, a greenery historic town with budget-friendly attractions". Tokyo Travel. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tokyo Ten Jinja Shrine". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Oji, a greenery historic town with budget-friendly attractions". Tokyo Travel. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Corporate Data Archived 2008-04-18 at the Wayback Machine." Seiyu Group. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  10. ^ "English." Seigakuin Junior & Senior High School. Retrieved on January 10, 2019. "Seigakuin Junior & Senior High School 3-12-1 Nakazato, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-8502 JAPAN"
  11. ^ "English." Joshi Seigakuin Junior & Senior High School. Retrieved on January 10, 2019. "Joshi Seigakuin Junior & Senior High School 3-12-2 Nakazato, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-8574 JAPAN"
  12. ^ "北区シティプロモーション事業「東京都北区赤羽×エレファントカシマシ」を開催!". Kita City. November 8, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  13. ^ "吉井和哉|Yoshii Kazuya Official Website".

External linksEdit

  • Kita City Official Website (in Japanese)