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Bunkyō City
Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome
Flag of Bunkyō
Official seal of Bunkyō
Location of Bunkyō in Tokyo
Location of Bunkyō in Tokyo
Bunkyō is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°43′N 139°45′E / 35.717°N 139.750°E / 35.717; 139.750Coordinates: 35°43′N 139°45′E / 35.717°N 139.750°E / 35.717; 139.750
 • MayorHironobu Narisawa
 • Total11.29 km2 (4.36 sq mi)
 (May 1, 2015)
 • Total217,743
 • Density19,290/km2 (50,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall addressKasuga 1-16-21, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
TreeGinkgo biloba

Bunkyō (文京区, Bunkyō-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. Situated in the middle of the ward area, Bunkyō is a residential and educational center. Beginning in the Meiji period, literati like Natsume Sōseki, as well as scholars and politicians have lived there. Bunkyō is home to the Tokyo Dome, Judo's Kōdōkan, and the University of Tokyo's Hongo Campus. Bunkyō has a sister-city relationship with Kaiserslautern in the Rhineland-Palatinate of Germany.[1]

It was formed in 1947 as a merger of Hongo and Koishikawa wards following Tokyo City's transformation into Tokyo Metropolis. The modern Bunkyo ward exhibits contrasting Shitamachi and Yamanote geographical and cultural division. The Nezu and Sendagi neighborhoods in the ward's eastern corner is attached to the Shitamachi area in Ueno with more traditional Japanese atmosphere. On the other hand, the remaining areas of the ward typically represent Yamanote districts.[2]

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has a population of 217,743 (including about 6,500 foreign residents), and a population density of 19,290 persons per km². The total area is 11.29 km².[citation needed]


Bunkyo was formed in 1947 as a merger of Hongo and Koishikawa wards following Tokyo City's transformation into Tokyo Metropolis.


Districts and neighborhoods[edit]

There are approximately twenty districts in the area and these are as follows:

Politics and government[edit]

Bunkyo is governed by Mayor Hironobu Narisawa, an independent supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito.[3] The city council has 34 elected members.[4]


The publishing company Kodansha has its headquarters in the ward,[5] and Kodansha International has its headquarters in the Otowa YK Building in the ward.[6] The drugstore chain Tomod's has its headquarters in the ward.[7] Penta-Ocean, the construction firm specializing in marine works and land reclamation also has its headquarters in Bunkyo.[8] The automobile manufacturer Toyota has its Tokyo headquarters in the ward.[9]


Aerial view of Bunkyo (southwest)


Universities and colleges[edit]


Akamon gate at the University of Tokyo


Hosuinomori at Toyo University

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public elementary and junior high schools are operated by Bunkyo council. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

  • Kogei High School[11]
  • Koishikawa High School[12]
  • Mukogaoka High School[13]
  • Takehaya High School[14]

The metropolis operates the Koishikawa Secondary Education School.[15]

The metropolis operates the Bunkyo School for the Blind.[16]




Train stations[edit]

Toei subway lines[edit]

Tokyo Metro subway lines[edit]


Shuto Expressway

  • No.5 Ikebukuro Route (Takebashi JCT—Bijogi JCT)

Notable people from Bunkyō[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bunkyo Academy Foundation. "Bunkyo Academy International exchanges". Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  2. ^ Kokushi Daijiten Iinkai. Kokushi Daijiten (in Japanese). Vol. 4, page 842 (1983 ed.).
  3. ^ SNS-FreeJapan (16 April 2011). 文京区候補者情報一覧 東京都統一地方選挙・候補者紹介サイト. Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  4. ^ Bunkyo City Government Office. "Bunkyo city Plot of city council". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Company Overview Archived 2011-04-26 at the Wayback Machine." Kodansha. Retrieved on April 5, 2011. "Address: 12-21, Otowa 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8001, Japan"
  6. ^ "Corporate Profile" Kodansha. Retrieved on April 1, 2011. "Address Otowa YK Building 1-17-14 Otowa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8652" map
  7. ^ "Company Profile." Tomod's. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  8. ^ "Corporate Data." Penta-Ocean. Retrieved on March 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Overview | Profile | Company". Toyota. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  10. ^ "55. Museum Review: Hatoyama Kaikan (Bunkyo-ku)," November 18, 2008.
  11. ^ 東京都立工芸高等学校. 東京都立工芸高等学校. Kogei-h.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  12. ^ 東京都立小石川高等学校・東京都立小石川中等教育学校. Koishikawa-h.metro.tokyo.jp. Archived from the original on 2002-11-05. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  13. ^ http://www.mukogaoka-h.metro.tokyo.jp/
  14. ^ 竹早高校 ウェブページ. Takehaya-h.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2007-10-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ 東京都立文京盲学校のホームページ. Bunkyo-sb.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26.

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