Kita, Tokyo

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Special ward
City of Kita
Asukayama Park in Ōji, Kita, Tokyo
Asukayama Park in Ōji, Kita, Tokyo
Flag of Kita
Official logo of Kita
Location of Kita in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Kita in Tokyo Metropolis
Kita is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°45′N 139°44′E / 35.750°N 139.733°E / 35.750; 139.733Coordinates: 35°45′N 139°44′E / 35.750°N 139.733°E / 35.750; 139.733
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
 • Total 20.59 km2 (7.95 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 332,410
 • Density 16,140/km2 (41,800/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Kita (北区 Kita-ku?, "Northern Ward") is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. In English, it calls itself the City of Kita. The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.

As of 2008, the ward has an estimated population of 332,140 and a population density of 16,140 persons per km². The total area is 20.59 km².


The name Kita, meaning "north," reflects the location among the wards of Tokyo. To its north lie the cities of Kawaguchi and Toda in Saitama Prefecture. To the east, south and west lie other special wards: Adachi, Arakawa, Itabashi, Bunkyō, and Toshima.

Rivers include the Arakawa River and the Sumida River.

Famous sites[edit]

  • Asukayama Park
  • Ukima Park
  • Chūō Park (formerly Camp Oji)
  • Furukawa Garden
  • Nanushi-no-taki Park
  • Oji Shrine
  • Oji Inari shrine


The head office of Seiyu Group is in Kita.[1]


The city's public elementary and middle schools are operated by the City of Kita Board of Education.

The city's public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

An international school, the Lycée Français International de Tokyo, is in Kita.




Notable people from Kita[edit]

International relations[edit]

Kita has a sister city relationship with Xuanwu District, Beijing, China.

It is also twinned with the following cities in Japan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Corporate Data." Seiyu Group. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.

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