Mitaka, Tokyo

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Mitaka City Hall
Mitaka City Hall
Flag of Mitaka
Official seal of Mitaka
Location of Mitaka in Tokyo
Location of Mitaka in Tokyo
Mitaka is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°41′0.8″N 139°33′34.3″E / 35.683556°N 139.559528°E / 35.683556; 139.559528Coordinates: 35°41′0.8″N 139°33′34.3″E / 35.683556°N 139.559528°E / 35.683556; 139.559528
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
 • Mayor Keiko Kiyohara (since April 2003)
 • Total 16.42 km2 (6.34 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 189,168
 • Density 11,520/km2 (29,800/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
• Tree Ginkgo biloba
• Flower Malus halliana
Phone number 042-558-1111
Address 1-1-1 Nozaki, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8555

Mitaka (三鷹市, Mitaka-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 189,168, and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Its total area is 16.42 square kilometres (6.34 sq mi).[1]


Mitaka is located on the Kantō Plain, just outside the 23 special wards of Tokyo Metropolis, which are on its eastern borders. 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.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


In 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.[2]


The area of present-day Mitaka was part of ancient Musashi Province. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Kitatama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. The village of Mitaka was created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of municipalities law. Kitatama District was transferred to the administrative control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. Mitaka was raised to town status in 1940. Mitaka City was officially founded on November 3, 1950. A motion to merge with neighboring Musashino City failed in 1955 by only a single vote in the Mitaka city assembly.


Mitaka is primarily a bedroom community for Tokyo. A number of animation studios, including Studio Pierrot[3] and Telecom Animation Film[4] have their corporate headquarters in Mitaka. A short-lived video game manufacturer TAD Corporation was founded and headquartered in the same location.[5][6][7] Subaru Tecnica International has its headquarters in Mitaka.[8]


Colleges and universities[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]




Local attractions[edit]

The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

Noted people from Mitaka[edit]

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