Kita, Tokyo

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Special ward
City of Kita
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
Location in Japan
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Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
 • Total 20.61 km2 (7.96 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
 • Total 340,287
 • Density 16,510/km2 (42,800/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

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.

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.[1]


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


The head office of Seiyu Group is in Kita.[2]


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.

The following international schools are in the ward:

The following universities are in the ward:




Notable people from Kita

International relations

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

It is also twinned with the following cities in Japan.

See also


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