Nakano, Tokyo

This article is about the ward of Tokyo. For the city in Nagano Prefecture, see Nakano, Nagano.
Special ward
Nakano City

Skyline around Nakano station


Location of Nakano in Tokyo Metropolis

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°42′26.63″N 139°39′49.81″E / 35.7073972°N 139.6638361°E / 35.7073972; 139.6638361Coordinates: 35°42′26.63″N 139°39′49.81″E / 35.7073972°N 139.6638361°E / 35.7073972; 139.6638361
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
Sunset over Nakano, with Nakano Broadway in the distance
One of the oldest temples in Nakano:"Jougan-ji"

Nakano (中野区 Nakano-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is 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]


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.


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.

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.


A complicated bus network is constructed throughout Nakano Ward because most train lines only run east and west.


Shopping and entertainment

Notable people


  1. 1 2 "About Nakano City." Retrieved March 10, 2013.
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