Chūkyō Metropolitan Area

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Chūkyō Metropolitan Area


Largest City Nagoya
 • Metro 7,072 km2 (2,731 sq mi)
Population (Population Census of Japan 2010)[1]
 • Metro 9,107,414
 • Metro density 1,288/km2 (3,335/sq mi)

Chūkyō (中京圏 Chūkyō-ken?), sometimes called the Chūkyō region (中京地方 Chūkyō-chihō), is the name of a major metropolitan area in Japan that is centered on the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture. The area makes up the most urban part of the Tōkai region. The population (as of 2010) of 9,107,414 over an area of 7,072 square kilometers.

It is among the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the world and is Japan's third most populous metropolitan area after the Greater Tokyo Area and Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, containing roughly 7% of Japan's population. Historically, this region has taken a back seat to the other two power centers, both politically and economically; however, the agglomeration of Nagoya is the 22nd largest economy, in terms of gross metropolitan product at purchasing power parity (PPP), in 2014 according to a study by the Brookings Institution.[2]


The metropolitan area stretches beyond the central city of Nagoya to other municipalities in Aichi Prefecture, as well as neighboring Gifu and Mie prefectures.

Aichi Prefecture[edit]

Western Aichi Prefecture
Eastern Aichi Prefecture

Gifu Prefecture[edit]

Mie Prefecture[edit]


Major airports[edit]

Major railways[edit]

There are at least 38 passenger train lines in the Greater Nagoya area. JR runs six, Nagoya Subway seven, Meitetsu 18, Kintetsu four, and five other operators one each.

Major intercity highways[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics Bureau of Japan

The area defined by the Chukyo Area Person-Trip Survey, a study of commuter movement, is slightly different from the census definition. It includes southern Aichi and areas immediately north of Gifu City. It adds two cities in Aichi Prefecture (Tahara and Toyohashi) and two cities in Gifu Prefecture (Mino and Seki). Additionally, it excludes two cities in Gifu Prefecture (Ena and Nakatsugawa).