|— Special ward —|
|荒川区 · Arakawa City|
|Sumida River from Suijin Bridge in Arakawa|
|• Mayor||Taichiro Nishikawa (since November 2004)|
|• Total||10.20 km2 (3.94 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2011)|
|• Density||20,123.82/km2 (52,120.5/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Cherry blossom|
|Address||Arakawa 2-2-3, Arakawa, Tokyo
Arakawa (荒川区 Arakawa-ku , "Desolate River") is a special ward located in Tokyo, 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.
As of April 1, 2011, the ward has an estimated population of 205,263, with a household number of 95,665, and a population density of about 20,123.82 persons per km². The total area is 10.20 km².
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.
- Nishi Ogu
- Nishi Nippori
- Higashi Ogu
- Higashi Nippori
- Minami Senju
Famous people 
- Kosuke Kitajima (Olympic gold-medalist in swimming)
- Kanako Watanabe (Olympic athlete in swimming)
- Leopard Tamakuma (former WBA boxing flyweight champion)
- Hibari Misora (singer)
- Kuniko Yamada (comic)
- Momoe Yamaguchi (singer, actress)
- Eri Kamei (singer)
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) in Arakawa.
- JR East
- Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation
- Tokyo Metro
- Keisei Electric Railway Keisei Main Line: Nippori, Shin-Mikawashima, Machiya Stations
- Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company Tsukuba Express: Minami Senju Station
Additional facilities are under construction.
Major Roads 
- Route 4 (the Nikkō Kaidō)
- Meiji Street
- Ogubashi Street
- Otakebashi Street
- Sada Abe incident
- The attempted assassination of the head of the National Police Agency following an investigation of Aum Shinrikyo-related facilities (1995)
See also 
- "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 "
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- Arakawa City official website in English