Toda, Saitama

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Flag of Toda
Location of Toda in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Toda in Saitama Prefecture
Toda is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°49′N 139°41′E / 35.817°N 139.683°E / 35.817; 139.683Coordinates: 35°49′N 139°41′E / 35.817°N 139.683°E / 35.817; 139.683
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
 • Mayor Kunio Jinbo (since April 1998)
 • Total 18.17 km2 (7.02 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2010)
 • Total 124,085
 • Density 6,829.11/km2 (17,687.3/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
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Toda (戸田市 Toda-shi?) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. It is beside the Arakawa river which separates it from Tokyo. The Sasame river also flows through the city before joining the Arakawa.


As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 124,085 and a population density of 6,829.11 persons per km². The total area is 18.17 km².

There are 53,057 households in the city (approximately). 12.7% of the population is 65 and older. 71.1% is between 15-64 (approximately). 16.2% of the residents are under 14 years old (approximately).



Toda is connected to central Tokyo by the Saikyo Line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). There are three stations on this line located in Toda: Kita-Toda, Toda, and Toda-Koen. It takes approximately 20 minutes from Toda-Koen to Shinjuku Station in central Tokyo.

Toda-Koen is the busiest station, handling approximately 29,000 commuters every day. Toda station handles 17,000 and Kita-Toda station handles 17,000. An arrangement of the Toda City song has been used as the departure melody for trains departing from the up platform (platform 1) of the three Saikyo Line stations in Toda since 1 August 2007.[1]

The high-speed Tohoku Shinkansen line runs parallel with the Saikyo Line, on the raised track. No Shinkansen services stop at any of the stations in Toda, however.


There are various bus services in the city. Most of the routes are run by Kokosai Kogyo bus company. In addition there is a distinctive low cost mini-bus service known as Toco. This stands for Toda Community bus. The Toco service serves routes within the city limits unlike the regular Kokosai Kogyo bus routes which usually bring commuters to and from train stations on the Saikyo and Keihin-Tohoku train lines.

Bus Routes Departure Destination
Nishi-Kawa 61 Nishi-Kawaguchi sta. Shimo-Sasame
Nishi-Kawa 62 Nishi-Kawaguchi Kita-Toda sta.
Warabi 50-2 Warabi sta. Toda Shako
Warabi 54 Warabi sta. Shimo-Sasame
Warabi 55 Warabi sta. Toda-Koen sta.
Warabi 80 Warabi sta. Toda Shako
Warabi 81 Warabi sta. Toda Shako
Narimasu 14 Shimo-Sasame. Narimasu sta.
Minami-Ura 01 Minami-Urawa sta. Aeon Kita-Toda S.C.
Minami-Ura 06 Musashi-Urawa sta. Shimo-Sasame.
Minami-Ura 07 Minami-Urawa sta. Toda Shako
Minami-Ura 80 Minami-Urawa sta. Toda Shako
Minami-Ura 84 Minami-Urawa sta. Toda Shako
Musashi-Ura 01 Musashi-Urawa sta. Shimo-Sasame
Musashi-Ura 80 Musashi-Urawa sta. Toda Shako
Kawa 50 Kawaguchi sta. Kawaguchi sta.
Kawa 52 Kawaguchi sta. Shimo-Sasame
To 52 Toda-Koen sta. Shimo-Sasame
Community Bus (Toco) Routes Departure Main stops
Eastern Circuit Toda-Koen sta. Toda City hall, Toda Welfare Center
Western Circuit Shimo-Sasame Toda-Koen sta., Toda sta., Library/museum
Misasa Circuit Shimo-Sasame Sasame community center, Kita-Toda Sta
Nansai Circuit Shimo-Sasame Toda-Koen sta.

Economy and industry[edit]

Much of the residential and commercial development in Toda is due to its proximity to the city of Tokyo and the efficient commuter rail links available. This has enabled Toda to act as a kind of dormitory suburb of Tokyo and is thus an apt location of residence for those who wish to work in the Tokyo Area. There has been a continuous increase in the population since the construction of the three Saikyo Line stations in the 1980s and this has an obviously positive effect on the economy and development of the city.

There are a significant number of Transportation/Logistics and Printing based enterprises in Toda city. Large companies that have their headquarters in Toda-shi include Okazen Transportation (Haulage/Logistics), Khobho (IT services), Chiyoda (Food Manufacturing). Other large companies that have significant operations in Toda are Yamato Transportation, Meiji Dairy, Jomo, Mainichi Newspaper, Chunichi Newspaper, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, Sanyo Electric, Japan Restaurant Enterprise, and Hayakawa Publishing.


The city was founded on October 1, 1966. The rowing competition of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics took place in Toda near to where the present day Toda-Koen station is located. The rowing area which is adjacent to the Arakawa river is still in use today.


  1. ^ 戸田市歌「ああ わが戸田市」の発車メロディーが駅で流れます! [Toda City Song used as station departure melody]. Official website (in Japanese). Japan: Toda City. 26 July 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 

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