Mitaka, Tokyo

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Location of Mitaka in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Mitaka in Tokyo Metropolis
Mitaka is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°41′N 139°34′E / 35.683°N 139.567°E / 35.683; 139.567Coordinates: 35°41′N 139°34′E / 35.683°N 139.567°E / 35.683; 139.567
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
 • Mayor Keiko Kiyohara (since April 2003)
 • Total 16.50 km2 (6.37 sq mi)
Population (November 1, 2010)
 • Total 176,737
 • Density 10,711.33/km2 (27,742.2/sq mi)
 • Tree Ginkgo biloba
 • Flower Malus halliana
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 1-1-1 Nozaki, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo

Mitaka (三鷹市 Mitaka-shi?) is a city located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan.

As of November 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 176,737.[1] and a population density of 10,711.33 persons per km². The total area is 16.50 km² and is about 50 – 55 meters above sea level.[2] Mitaka City was officially founded on November 3, 1950.


As of 1994 there were 2,585 foreign residents in Mitaka, including 726 from North and South Korea, 713 from China, 441 from the United States, 114 from the Philippines, and 108 from the United Kingdom. Of all municipalities in Japan, Mitaka had the highest proportion of Chinese returnees.[3]


Mitaka is located on the Kantō Plain, just outside the 23 special wards of metropolitan Tokyo, which are on its eastern borders. It is bordered by the cities of Musashino to the north, Chōfu to the south, and Koganei to the west.

The Tamagawa Josui Canal, which runs alongside Mitaka station, has an important place in history, built in 1653 to feed the local metropolis. It is also the place where novelist Osamu Dazai committed suicide in 1948. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan is located in Mitaka.


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Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public elementary and junior high schools are operated by Mitaka. Mitaka High School (東京都立三鷹高等学校) is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

Private schools:


Studio Pierrot[5] and Telecom Animation Film[6] have their corporate headquarters in Mitaka. A short-lived video game manufacturer TAD Corporation was founded and headquartered in the same location.[7][8][9] Subaru Tecnica International has its headquarters in Mitaka.[10]


The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

Mitaka is home to the Ghibli Museum, which is located in Inokashira Park, a popular destination in its own right, especially during spring cherry blossom viewing season.


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