Special ward
Bunkyō City
Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome
Flag of Bunkyō
Location of Bunkyō in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Bunkyō in Tokyo Metropolis
Bunkyō is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
 • Mayor Hironobu Narisawa
 • Total 11.29 km2 (4.36 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
 • Total 217,743
 • Density 19,290/km2 (50,000/sq mi)
 • Tree Ginkgo biloba
 • Flower Azalea
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address Kasuga 1-16-21, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone number 81-(0)3-3812-7111
Website Bunkyō
Aerial view of Bunkyo

Bunkyō (文京区 Bunkyō-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. Situated in the middle of the ward area, Bunkyō is a residential and educational center. Beginning in the Meiji period, literati like Natsume Sōseki, as well as scholars and politicians have lived there. Bunkyō is home to the Tokyo Dome, judo's Kodokan, and the University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus). In English, it is called Bunkyō City.

Bunkyō has a sister-city relationship with Kaiserslautern in the Rhineland-Palatinate of Germany.[1]

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has a population of 217,743 (including about 6,500 foreign residents) and a population density of 19,290 persons per km². The total area is 11.29 km².

The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.


  • Neighborhoods 1
  • Politics and government 2
  • Economy 3
  • Landmarks 4
  • Education 5
    • Universities and colleges 5.1
      • National 5.1.1
      • Private 5.1.2
    • Primary and secondary schools 5.2
  • Transportation 6
    • Train stations 6.1
      • Toei subway lines 6.1.1
      • Tokyo Metro subway lines 6.1.2
    • Highways 6.2
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


There are approximately twenty neighbourhoods in the area and these are as follows:

Politics and government

Bunkyo is governed by mayor Hironobu Narisawa, an independent supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito.[2] The city council has 34 elected members.[3]


The publishing company Kodansha has its headquarters in the ward,[4] and Kodansha International has its headquarters in the Otowa YK Building in the ward.[5] The drugstore chain Tomod's has its headquarters in the ward.[6] Penta-Ocean, the construction firm specializing in marine works and land reclamation also has its headquarters in Bunkyo.[7]




Universities and colleges


Akamon gate at the University of Tokyo


Hosuinomori at Toyo University

Primary and secondary schools

Public elementary and junior high schools are operated by Bunkyo council. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

  • Kogei High School[9]
  • Koishikawa High School[10]
  • Mukogaoka High School[11]
  • Takehaya High School[12]

The metropolis operates the Koishikawa Secondary Education School.[13]

The metropolis operates the Bunkyo School for the Blind.[14]


Train stations

Toei subway lines

Tokyo Metro subway lines


Shuto Expressway

  • No.5 Ikebukuro Route (Takebashi JCT - Bijogi JCT)

See also


  1. ^ Bunkyo Academy Foundation. "Bunkyo Academy | International exchanges". Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  2. ^ SNS-FreeJapan (16 April 2011). "文京区候補者情報一覧 | 東京都統一地方選挙・候補者紹介サイト". Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Bunkyo City Government Office. "Bunkyo city Plot of city council.". Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Company Overview." Kodansha. Retrieved on April 5, 2011. "Address: 12-21, Otowa 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8001, Japan"
  5. ^ "Corporate Profile" Kodansha. Retrieved on April 1, 2011. "Address Otowa YK Building 1-17-14 Otowa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8652" map
  6. ^ "Company Profile." Tomod's. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  7. ^ "Corporate Data." Penta-Ocean. Retrieved on March 23, 2014.
  8. ^ "55. Museum Review: Hatoyama Kaikan (Bunkyo-ku)," November 18, 2008.
  9. ^ 東京都立工芸高等学校. "東京都立工芸高等学校". Kogei-h.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  10. ^ "東京都立小石川高等学校・東京都立小石川中等教育学校". Koishikawa-h.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  11. ^ http://www.mukogaoka-h.metro.tokyo.jp/
  12. ^ "竹早高校 ウェブページ". Takehaya-h.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  13. ^ http://www.bunkyo-chuko-j.metro.tokyo.jp/
  14. ^ "東京都立文京盲学校のホームページ". Bunkyo-sb.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 

External links

  • Bunkyo City official website (Japanese)
  • Bunkyo City official website (English)
  • Tokyo/Bunkyo travel guide from Wikivoyage