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Matsudo City Hall
Matsudo City Hall
Flag of Matsudo
Official seal of Matsudo
Location of Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture
Matsudo is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°47′15.5″N 139°54′11.4″E / 35.787639°N 139.903167°E / 35.787639; 139.903167Coordinates: 35°47′15.5″N 139°54′11.4″E / 35.787639°N 139.903167°E / 35.787639; 139.903167
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
 • Mayor Kenji Hongoya (since July 2010)
 • Total 61.38 km2 (23.70 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 483,796
 • Density 7,880/km2 (20,400/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
-Tree Castanopsis, eucalyptus, sakura, Pyrus pyrifolia
- Flower Azalea, hydrangea and Asteroideae
- Bird Ural owl, barn swallow and white heron
Phone number 047-366-1111
Address 387-5, Nemoto, Matsudo-shi, Chiba-ken 271-8588
Website (Japanese)

Matsudo City International Portal (English)

Matsudo (松戸市 Matsudo-shi?) is a city in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

As of February 2016, the city has an estimated population of 483,796 and a population density of 7,880 persons per km2. The total area was 61.38 square kilometres (23.70 sq mi).


Matsudo is located in the far northwestern corner of Chiba Prefecture, bordered by the Edogawa River to the west.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Chiba Prefecture

Saitama Prefecture



The area around Matsudo has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and archaeologists have found remains from the Jōmon period, as well as burial tumuli from the Kofun period. During the Edo period, the area was tenryō controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate, and contained a number of horse ranches providing war horses for the Shogun’s armies. It also developed as a post station on the Mito Kaido connecting Edo with Mito. After the Meiji Restoration, Matsudo Town was created in Higashikatsushika District Chiba Prefecture in 1878. Matsudo attained city status on October 1, 1943.

On September 1, 1954, the neighboring town of Kashiwa merged with neighboring Kogane Town and Tsuchi and Tanaka villages to form the new city of Tokatsu (東葛市 Tokatsu-shi?). However, many politicians in Kogane Town were vehemently opposed to the merger, and forced its dissolution on October 15, 1954 with most of former Kogane Town merging with Matsudo instead. Beginning in the 1960s, the rapid economic growth in Japan (and the Tokyo area in particular) led to a construction boom in Matsudo and the development of the area as a major suburb of Tokyo. Matsudo is now the third-largest city in Chiba Prefecture and a major bedroom community (11th largest city) in the Greater Tokyo Area.


Matsudo is a regional commercial center and a bedroom community for nearby Chiba and Tokyo. The city has a mixed industrial base. The small electric motor manufacturer, Mabuchi Motor is headquartered in Matsudo.



Primary and secondary education[edit]

Matsudo has 44 public and one private elementary school, 20 public and two private middle schools, and eight public and two private high schools.





Local attractions[edit]

Showa no Mori Museum entrance in June 2016
  • Manman-ji – Buddhist temple
  • Showa no Mori Museum

Sister city relations[edit]

Notable people from Matsudo[edit]


  1. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

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