Tama, Tokyo

Tama, Tokyo

View of Tama River and Seiseki Sakuragaoka
View of Tama River and Seiseki Sakuragaoka
Flag of Tama
Location of Tama in Tokyo
Location of Tama in Tokyo
Tama is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
 • Mayor Hiroyuki Abe (since April 2010)
 • Total 21.08 km2 (8.14 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total 147,171
 • Density 6,981.55/km2 (18,082.1/sq mi)
 • Tree Ginkgo
 • Flower Yamazakura (a wild sakura)
 • Bird Oriental turtle dove
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 6-12-1 Sekido, Tama-shi, Tokyo
Phone number 042-375-8111
Website .jp.lg.tama.citywww
Tama-Center Station and its surroundings, May 2013

Tama (多摩市 Tama-shi) is a municipality classified as a city, located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan.

As of 2011, the city has an estimated population of 147,171 and a population density of 6,981.55 persons per km2. The total area is 21.08 km2 (8.14 sq mi).

Its southern half forms part of the Tama New Town project, Japan's largest residential development, constructed in the 1970s.

The city is located in the northern part of a large area of hills in south-western Tokyo, known as Tama Hills, which spans Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. The entire region is historically referred to as Tama; therefore there are many place names scattered throughout the area with references to the name "Tama" which are not within the city limits. For example, Tama is the name of a ward several kilometres away under the jurisdiction of Kawasaki in Kanagawa prefecture. Tama River marks the city's northern boundary.

Tama is home to Tama Hills, a recreational facility of the U.S. Air Force, intended for use by United States service members and their families, as well as Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force service members and their families.

It is also home to the Sanrio theme park, Sanrio Puroland.


  • History 1
  • Transportation 2
  • Economy 3
  • Education 4
    • Universities 4.1
  • International relations 5
    • Twin towns — Sister cities 5.1
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Tama as a municipality was founded on April 1, 1889 as “Tama Village” in what was then the Minamitama District from the merger of 10 pre-Meiji villages. On April 1, 1964, Tama Village was reclassified as Tama Town.

Construction of Tama New Town began in 1966, and the first occupants started moving in 1971. On November 1, 1971, Tama Town was reclassified as Tama City, dissolving Minamitama District. Tama was the last town in the former Minamitama District.


From Shinjuku in central Tokyo, Tama can easily be reached by the Keio Line or the Odakyu Tama Line. From the Tama-Center Station to the north leads the 16 kilometer long double tracked Tama Toshi Monorail Line with Kamikitadai as its final station.


Several companies have their headquarters in the city:



Tama operates public elementary and junior high schools.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates Nagayama High School.[3]

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Tama is twinned with Fujimi, Nagano in Japan.

See also


  1. ^ "Company Information." Mitsumi Electric Retrieved on June 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "Corporate Outline." JUKI Retrieved on August 4, 2015.
  3. ^ [2]

External links

  • Tama City official website (Japanese)
  • Hospitals (Japanese)