Nakano, Tokyo

Nakano, Tokyo

Special ward
Nakano City
Skyline around Nakano station
Skyline around Nakano station
Flag of Nakano
Location of Nakano in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Nakano in Tokyo Metropolis
Nakano is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
 • Mayor Daisuke Tanaka (since June 2002)
 • Total 15.59 km2 (6.02 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
 • Total 322,731
 • Density 21,000/km2 (54,000/sq mi)
 • Tree Castanopsis
 • Flower Azalea
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 4-8-1 Nakano, Nakano, Tokyo
Phone number 03-3389-1111
Sunset over Nakano, with Nakano Broadway in the distance

Nakano (中野区 Nakano-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. In English, it calls itself "Nakano City".[1]

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 322,731 and a population density of 20,701 persons per km². The total area is 15.59 km².[1]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Places 3
  • Education 4
    • Public schools 4.1
    • Colleges and universities 4.2
  • Transportation 5
    • Rail 5.1
    • Bus 5.2
    • Highways 5.3
  • Shopping and entertainment 6
  • Notable people 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The ward was founded on October 1, 1932 when the towns of Nogata and Nakano were absorbed into the former Tokyo City as Nakano Ward. The present administration dates from March 15, 1947 when the Allied occupation reformed the administration of Tokyo-to.

  • 1447: Ōta Dōkan defeated Toshima Yasutsune in a battle here.
  • 1606: The Naruki Kaidō, predecessor of today's Ōme Kaidō (a road to Ōme) was established.
  • 1695: In connection with the Shorui Awaremi no Rei (a law for the protection of animals), a facility for keeping wild dogs opened.
  • 1871: The twelve villages that comprise present-day Nakano became part of Tokyo Prefecture.
  • 1889: The Kofu Railway opens. The forerunner of today's Chūō Main Line included a station at Nakano en route from Shinjuku to Hachioji.
  • 1897: Nakano becomes a village.
  • 1932: Tokyo City expands to encompass the district that included Nakano.
  • 1943: With the abolition of Tokyo City, Nakano becomes part of Tokyo-to.
  • 1947: Nakano becomes one of the special wards under the new system.
  • 1961: The Tokyo subway system extends to Nakano.
  • 1973: Construction of Nakano Sun Plaza near Nakano Station reaches completion.


Five special wards surround Nakano: Shinjuku, Suginami, Nerima, Shibuya, and Toshima. It lies just west of the bustling Shinjuku area.

Rivers include the Kanda, Myosho-ji and Zenpuku-ji Rivers, and the Aratama Waterway.



Public schools

Public elementary and middle schools are operated by the Nakano City Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

  • Fuji High School
  • Minorigaoka High School
  • Musashigaoka High School
  • Nakano Technical High School
  • Saginomiya High School
  • Yotsuya Commercial High School
  • Horikoshi Gakuen High School

Colleges and universities



Nakano Ward is served by the JR East Chūō and Sobu lines, the Seibu Shinjuku Line, the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, and the Toei Oedo Line.

  • JR Chūō Main Line: Higashi Nakano and Nakano Stations
  • Seibu Shinjuku Line: Arai Yakushi-mae, Numabukuro, Nogata, Toritsu Kasei, Saginomiya Stations
  • Tokyo Metro
    • Marunouchi Line
      • Shin Nakano, Nakano Sakaue Stations
      • Honancho Branch Line: Nakano Fujimicho, Nakano Shimbashi, Nakano Sakaue Stations
    • Tozai Line: Nakano, Ochiai (although the station is in Shinjuku, some entrances are in Nakano) Stations
  • Toei Oedo Line: Nakano Sakaue, Higashi Nakano, Shin-egota Stations


Complicated bus network is constructed in all Nakano Ward because most rails lay only east and west.

  • Kanto bus
  • Toei bus
  • Kokusai Kogyo bus
  • Keio bus


Shopping and entertainment

  • Nakano Shopping Mall - an outdoor arcade

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b "About Nakano City." Retrieved March 10, 2013.

External links

  • Nakano City official website (Japanese)
  • Nakano City official website (English)