Special ward
Nerima City

A street in Hikarigaoka, Nerima


Location of Nerima in Tokyo

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°44′8.24″N 139°39′5.97″E / 35.7356222°N 139.6516583°E / 35.7356222; 139.6516583Coordinates: 35°44′8.24″N 139°39′5.97″E / 35.7356222°N 139.6516583°E / 35.7356222; 139.6516583
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
  Mayor Akio Maekawa (since April 2014)
  Total 48.08 km2 (18.56 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2016)
  Total 721,858
  Density 15,013/km2 (38,880/sq mi)
  Tree Kobushi Magnolia
  Flower Azalea
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 6-12-1 Toyotama-kita, Nerima

Nerima (練馬区 Nerima-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. Although not technically accurate, it sometimes refers to itself as Nerima City.

As of 1 May 2016, the ward has an estimated population of 721,858, with 323,296 households and a population density of 15,013 persons per km². 15,326 foreign residents are registered in the ward. 21.6% of the ward's population is over the age of 65. The total area is 48.08 km².


In the Edo period, the area was mostly farmland producing daikon radishes, gobo burdocks, and potatoes. After the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, many people from central Tokyo moved to the area.[1]

In October 1, 1932, Nerima town, and Kami-Nerima, Naka-Arai, Shakujii and Ōizumi Villages were incorporated in Old Tokyo City. Prior to the creation of the ward on August 1, 1947, the area had been part of Itabashi. In 1952, the Japan Self-Defense Forces established a base there. The first division of the eastern group of the Ground Self-Defense Force has its headquarters there. The United States Forces Japan already had a base, Grant Heights, which it returned to Japanese control in 1973. Grant Heights had been Narimasu airfield under the Imperial Japanese Army until the end of World War II. The runway is now the main street in front of the IMA department store in Hikarigaoka.


Shakujii River and cherry blossoms

Nerima lies at the northwestern edge of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. Its neighbors are the special wards of Itabashi (to the east), Suginami, Toshima and Nakano (to the south), as well as the cities of Musashino (to the southwest) and Nishi-Tokyo (to the west). To the north lie three cities in Saitama Prefecture: Wako, Asaka and Niiza.


Toei Animation has its headquarters in the Ohizumi Studio in Nerima.[2] Anime International Company has its headquarters in the AIC Digital Building.[3] In addition, Studio Comet,[4] and Mushi Production have their headquarters in Nerima.[5]


Nihon University Ekoda Campus

Public schools

High schools

National schools

Private schools

Colleges and universities

International Schools



Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Seibu Ikebukuro Line




Toshimaen amusement park

Amusement parks



Jōhoku Central Park


Nerima prepares the Nerima News Azalea, a city newsletter, in English.[6]

Nerima is the setting of Rumiko Takahashi's long running and popular manga and anime series Ranma ½. As one of the first series in either media to achieve widespread popularity in the English speaking world Ranma introduced Nerima to western audiences, with several locations recognizable as backgrounds.


Nerima ward office

International relations

Nerima has a sister-city relationship with Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Nerima Gardens in Ipswich commemorates the tie. Nerima also has a similar link to Haidian District, Beijing, China.


  2. "Outline." Toei Animation. Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  3. "Company Profile." Anime International Company. Retrieved on February 26, 2010. "AIC Digital Bldg. 3-19-9 Nakamura Kita, Nerima-Ku, Tokyo, Japan 176-0023"
  4. "company (会社案内)." Studio Comet. Retrieved on March 15, 2012. "〒176-0013 東京都練馬区豊玉中3-1-3"
  5. Home. Mushi Production. Retrieved on March 15, 2012. "〒177-0034 東京都練馬区 富士見台2-30-5"
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