Skyline around Nakano station
Location of Nakano in Tokyo Metropolis
|• Mayor||Daisuke Tanaka (since June 2002)|
|• Total||15.59 km2 (6.02 sq mi)|
|Population (May 1, 2015)|
|• Density||21,000/km2 (54,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City Hall Address||4-8-1 Nakano, Nakano, Tokyo
The ward was founded on October 1, 1932 when the towns of Nogata and Nakano were absorbed into the former Tokyo City as Nakano Ward. The present administration dates from March 15, 1947 when the Allied occupation reformed the administration of Tokyo-to.
- 1447: Ōta Dōkan defeated Toshima Yasutsune in a battle here.
- 1606: The Naruki Kaidō, predecessor of today's Ōme Kaidō (a road to Ōme) was established.
- 1695: In connection with the Shorui Awaremi no Rei (a law for the protection of animals), a facility for keeping wild dogs opened.
- 1871: The twelve villages that comprise present-day Nakano became part of Tokyo Prefecture.
- 1889: The Kofu Railway opens. The forerunner of today's Chūō Main Line included a station at Nakano en route from Shinjuku to Hachioji.
- 1897: Nakano becomes a village.
- 1932: Tokyo City expands to encompass the district that included Nakano.
- 1943: With the abolition of Tokyo City, Nakano becomes part of Tokyo-to.
- 1947: Nakano becomes one of the special wards under the new system.
- 1961: The Tokyo subway system extends to Nakano.
- 1973: Construction of Nakano Sun Plaza near Nakano Station reaches completion.
Rivers include the Kanda, Myosho-ji and Zenpuku-ji Rivers, and the Aratama Waterway.
- Nakano Sun Plaza: concert hall, hotel facilities
- Arai Yakushi Shingon Buddhist temple
- Nakano Broadway: otaku building (several floors of arcades, manga, anime, idol, music, toy, subculture specialty shops—With a very well spoken Namco arcade--)
- GRIPS International House, apartment for foreign students studying at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Public elementary and middle schools are operated by the Nakano City Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.
- Fuji High School
- Minorigaoka High School
- Musashigaoka High School
- Nakano Technical High School
- Saginomiya High School
- Yotsuya Commercial High School
- Horikoshi Gakuen High School
Colleges and universities
- Shumei University (Tokyo headquarters)
- Tokyo Polytechnic University
- University of Tokyo Nakano campus
- Kokusai Junior College
- JR Chūō Main Line: Higashi Nakano and Nakano Stations
- Seibu Shinjuku Line: Arai Yakushi-mae, Numabukuro, Nogata, Toritsu Kasei, Saginomiya Stations
- Tokyo Metro
- Marunouchi Line
- Shin Nakano, Nakano Sakaue Stations
- Honancho Branch Line: Nakano Fujimicho, Nakano Shimbashi, Nakano Sakaue Stations
- Tozai Line: Nakano, Ochiai (although the station is in Shinjuku, some entrances are in Nakano) Stations
- Marunouchi Line
- Toei Oedo Line: Nakano Sakaue, Higashi Nakano, Shin-egota Stations
Complicated bus network is constructed in all Nakano Ward because most rails lay only east and west.
- Kanto bus
- Toei bus
- Kokusai Kogyo bus
- Keio bus
Shopping and entertainment
- Nakano Shopping Mall - an outdoor arcade
- Kazuko Eine, singer
- Mayumi Kojima, singer and songwriter
- Marika Matsumoto, voice actress, actress
- Shoko Sawada, singer and songwriter
- Yuji Tanaka, comedian
- "About Nakano City." Retrieved March 10, 2013.
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