For the artist with the family name Katsushika, see Hokusai.
Special ward
Katsushika City

Shibamata Taishaku-ten in Katsushika



Location of Katsushika in Tokyo Metropolis

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°44′N 139°51′E / 35.733°N 139.850°E / 35.733; 139.850Coordinates: 35°44′N 139°51′E / 35.733°N 139.850°E / 35.733; 139.850
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
  Mayor Katsunori Aoki (since December 2009)
  Total 34.80 km2 (13.44 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
  Total 444,356
  Density 12,770/km2 (33,100/sq mi)
  Tree Willow
  Flower Iris
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 5-13-1 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Website www.city.katsushika.lg.jp

Katsushika (葛飾区 Katsushika-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. It lies in the northeast of the ward area. The ward calls itself Katsushika City in English.

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 444,356, and a population density of 12,770 people per km². The total area is 34.80 km².


Katsushika Ward is at the east end of Tokyo Metropolis. It is on an alluvial plain and it is low above sea level.

The ward office (Katsushika city hall) is located at Tateishi.


Katsushika has boundaries with three wards of Tokyo: Adachi, Edogawa and Sumida. The cities of Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture, and Misato and Yashio form the northeast border of the ward.


Major rivers in Katsushika include the Edogawa, Arakawa and Ayasegawa. Nakagawa and Shin-nakagawa flows through the ward.


  • Aoto
  • Higashi Horikiri
  • Higashi Kanamachi
  • Higashi Mizumoto
  • Higashi Shin-koiwa
  • Higashi Tateishi
  • Higashi Yotsugi
  • Horikiri
  • Hosoda
  • Kamakura
  • Kameari
  • Kanamachi
  • Kosuge
  • Minami Mizumoto
  • Mizumoto
  • Mizumoto Koen
  • Niijuku
  • Nishi Kameari
  • Nishi Mizumoto
  • Nishi Shin-koiwa
  • Ohanajaya
  • Okudo
  • Shibamata
  • Shinkoiwa
  • Shiratori
  • Takaramachi
  • Takasago
  • Tateishi
  • Yotsugi


Katsushika District was originally a division of Musashi Province. When the province was divided and reconfigured, the district was partitioned between Kita-Katsushika District (within Saitama Prefecture), Higashi-Katsushika District (within Chiba Prefecture) and the remainder was based in Tokyo Prefecture. Minami-Katsushika District conformed today's Katsushika Ward proper, plus Edogawa, Koto and Sumida wards.

On October 1, 1932, the former Minami-Katsushika District of what was then known as Tokyo Prefecture, and its seven towns and villages, merged and became part of the old Tokyo City.

The special ward was founded on March 15, 1947.

Katsushika contains Narihira Santosen Temple, the "Bound Jizō" of Ōoka Echizen, and Shibamata Taishakuten, selected as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan and 100 Landscapes of Japan (Heisei era).


Takara Tomy has its headquarters in Katsushika.[1]

Government and infrastructure

The Tokyo Detention House, a correctional facility, is in the ward.[2] One of Japan's seven execution chambers is in the Tokyo Detention House.[3]


Colleges and universities

High schools

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates public high schools.

Elementary and junior high schools

Katsushika operates public elementary and junior high schools.




Sister cities

Katsushika has sister-city relationships with Fengtai District in Beijing, China, and with Floridsdorf, a district of Vienna, Austria.

Notable people

Notable works set in Katsushika

The long-running film series, the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series starring Kiyoshi Atsumi as Tora-san, takes place in Katsushika, as does the longest-running manga series in history, Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo. Other notable works set in Katsushika are the television series Kamen Rider Hibiki and the film Long Vacation.


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