Arakawa, Tokyo

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Arakawa
荒川区
Special ward
Arakawa City
Sumida River from Suijin Bridge in Arakawa
Sumida River from Suijin Bridge in Arakawa
Flag of Arakawa
Flag
Official logo of Arakawa
Logo
Location of Arakawa in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Arakawa in Tokyo Metropolis
Arakawa is located in Japan
Arakawa
Arakawa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°44′N 139°47′E / 35.733°N 139.783°E / 35.733; 139.783Coordinates: 35°44′N 139°47′E / 35.733°N 139.783°E / 35.733; 139.783
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
Government
 • Mayor Taichiro Nishikawa (since November 2004)
Area
 • Total 10.20 km2 (3.94 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total 205,263
 • Density 20,123.82/km2 (52,120.5/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Cherry blossom
- Flower Azalea
Address Arakawa 2-2-3, Arakawa, Tokyo
116-8501
Phone number 81-(0)3-3802-3111
Website Arakawa

Arakawa (荒川区 Arakawa-ku?, "Raging River") is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The ward takes its name from the river, the Arakawa, though the Arakawa River does not run through or touch the ward. Its neighbors are the wards of Adachi, Kita, Bunkyo, Taito and Sumida. In English, the ward calls itself Arakawa City.

Arakawa has sister-city relationships with Donaustadt in Vienna, Austria, and with Corvallis, Oregon, U.S. Domestically, it has similar relationships with nine cities, towns and villages.

As of April 1, 2011, the ward has an estimated population of 205,263, with 95,665 households and a population density of about 20,123.82 persons per km². The total area is 10.20 km².

Geography[edit]

Arakawa is in the northeastern part of Tokyo. The shape is long and narrow, stretching from west to east. The Sumida River forms the northern boundary.

The ward is surrounded by five other special wards. To the north lies Adachi; to the west, Kita; to the southwest, Bunkyo. South of Arakawa is Taito, and southeast is Sumida.

History[edit]

The area was mainly agricultural in the Edo period. In 1651, Kozukappara, the Tokugawa's largest execution ground (now located next to Minami-Senju station), was built. Beginning in the Meiji era, the area became industrial as factories were built on the water front.

In 1932, it became one of the 35 wards of Tokyo City.

Neighborhoods[edit]

  • Machiya
  • Arakawa
  • Nishi-Ogu
  • Nishi-Nippori
  • Higashi-Ogu
  • Higashi-Nippori
  • Minami-Senju

Famous people[edit]

Economy[edit]

MIAT Mongolian Airlines's Tokyo Branch Office is on the fifth floor in the Tachibana Building in Arakawa.[1]

Landmarks[edit]

Arakawa Nature Park

Education[edit]

Public elementary and middle schools are operated by the Arakawa City Board of Education.

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

The metropolis also operates the Tokyo Metropolitan College of Aeronautical Engineering (EN)[4][5] in Arakawa.

Transportation[edit]

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

Rail[edit]

Additional facilities are under construction.

Major Roads[edit]

  • Route 4 (the Nikkō Kaidō)
  • Meiji Street
  • Ogubashi Street
  • Otakebashi Street

Events[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us." MIAT Mongolian Airlines. Retrieved on June 27, 2010. "TOKYO BRANCH OFFICE 5F, Tachibana Bldg, 2-19-4 Nishinippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo 116-0013, Japan "
  2. ^ http://www.arakawakogyo-h.metro.tokyo.jp/
  3. ^ http://www.takenodai-h.metro.tokyo.jp/
  4. ^ http://www.kouku-k.ac.jp/index_e.html
  5. ^ http://www.kouku-k.ac.jp/

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