Sumida, Tokyo

Special ward
Sumida City

Asahi Breweries Headquarters, Tokyo skytree in Sumida


Location of Sumida in Tokyo Metropolis

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°42′N 139°49′E / 35.700°N 139.817°E / 35.700; 139.817Coordinates: 35°42′N 139°49′E / 35.700°N 139.817°E / 35.700; 139.817
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
  Mayor Noboru Yamasaki (since April 2003)
  Total 13.77 km2 (5.32 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
  Total 257,300
  Density 18,690/km2 (48,400/sq mi)
  Tree Cherry blossom
  Flower Azalea
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-23-20 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Sumida (墨田区 Sumida-ku, "Field of Ink") is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is Sumida City.

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 257,300 and a population density of 18,690 persons per km². The total area is 13.77 km².


Sumida is in the northeastern part of the mainland portion of Tokyo. The Sumida and Arakawa are the major rivers, and form parts of its boundaries. Its neighbors are all special wards: Adachi to the north; Arakawa to the northwest; Katsushika to the east; Edogawa to the southeast; Taitō to the west; Chūō to the southwest; and Kōtō to the south.


View of Sumida River from Ryogoku Bridge
Ryogoku Sumo Arena



The ward was founded on March 15, 1947. It was previously the (ordinary) wards Honjo and Mukojima. Mukojima, formed in 1932, contained the former town of Sumida, which along with the river gave the ward its name.



As of 2005, the mayor is Noboru Yamazaki. The council consists of 34 members.


For more details on this topic, see Transport in Greater Tokyo.

Rail lines

Railway stations


Famous people




Public elementary and middle schools are operated by Sumida.

Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

In addition the metropolitan school district also operates a metropolitan junior high school:

International schools:

International relations

Sumida maintains sister-city relationships with Seodaemun-gu in Seoul, South Korea, and with Shijingshan District in Beijing, China.

Works set in Sumida


  1. Bolstad, Max. Asahi Beer Hall. Tokyo Architecture Review, 1998. Accessed 23 December 2009.
  2. Tokyo Metropolitan Honjo Senior High School (Japanese)
  3. Tōkyō Toritsu Mukōjima Shōgyō Kōtōgakkō (Tokyo Metropolitan Mukojima Commercial Senior High School Homepage) (Japanese)
  4. Mukojima Technical High School (Japanese)
  5. Tōkyō Toritsu Ryōkoku Kōtōgakkō Web Site (Tokyo Metropolitan Ryōkoku Senior High School Web Site) (Japanese)
  6. Sumidagawa SHS (Japanese)
  7. Metropolitan Tokyo Tachibana High School (Japanese); Tachibana High School
  8. Tokyo Metropolitan Ryogoku Junior High School (Japanese)
  9. "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. Retrieved on October 14, 2015.
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