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Special ward
Nerima City
A street in Hikarigaoka, Nerima
A street in Hikarigaoka, Nerima
Flag of Nerima
Location of Nerima in Tokyo
Location of Nerima in Tokyo
Nerima is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°44′8.24″N 139°39′5.97″E / 35.7356222°N 139.6516583°E / 35.7356222; 139.6516583Coordinates: 35°44′8.24″N 139°39′5.97″E / 35.7356222°N 139.6516583°E / 35.7356222; 139.6516583
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
 • Mayor Akio Maekawa (since April 2014)
 • Total 48.08 km2 (18.56 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2016)
 • Total 721,858
 • Density 15,013/km2 (38,880/sq mi)
 • Tree Kobushi Magnolia
 • Flower Azalea
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 6-12-1 Toyotama-kita, Nerima

Nerima (練馬区 Nerima-ku?) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. Although not technically accurate, it sometimes refers to itself as Nerima City.

As of 1 May 2016, the ward has an estimated population of 721,858, with 323,296 households and a population density of 15,013 persons per km². 15,326 foreign residents are registered in the ward. 21.6% of the ward's population is over the age of 65. The total area is 48.08 km².[citation needed]


In the Edo period, the area was mostly farmland producing daikon radishes, gobo burdocks, and potatoes. After the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, many people from central Tokyo moved to the area.[1]

In October 1, 1932, Nerima town, and Kami-Nerima, Naka-Arai, Shakujii and Ōizumi Villages were incorporated in Old Tokyo City. Prior to the creation of the ward on August 1, 1947, the area had been part of Itabashi. In 1952, the Japan Self-Defense Forces established a base there. The first division of the eastern group of the Ground Self-Defense Force has its headquarters there. The United States Forces Japan already had a base, Grant Heights, which it returned to Japanese control in 1973. Grant Heights had been Narimasu airfield under the Imperial Japanese Army until the end of World War II. The runway is now the main street in front of the IMA department store in Hikarigaoka.


Shakujii River and cherry blossoms

Nerima lies at the northwestern edge of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. Its neighbors are the special wards of Itabashi (to the east), Suginami, Toshima and Nakano (to the south), as well as the cities of Musashino (to the southwest) and Nishi-Tokyo (to the west). To the north lie three cities in Saitama Prefecture: Wako, Asaka and Niiza.


Toei Animation has its headquarters in the Ohizumi Studio in Nerima.[2] Anime International Company has its headquarters in the AIC Digital Building.[3] In addition, Studio Comet,[4] and Mushi Production have their headquarters in Nerima.[5]


Nihon University Ekoda Campus

Public schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Fourth Commercial High School
  • Hikarigaoka High School
  • Igusa High School
  • Nerima High School
  • Nerima Technical High School
  • Oizumi High School
  • Oizumi Gakuen High School
  • Oizumi Sakura High School
  • Shakujii High School
  • Tagara High School

National schools[edit]

  • Oizumi elementary school attached to Tokyo Gakugei University
  • Oizumi junior high school attached to Tokyo Gakugei University
  • Tokyo Gakugei University senior high school

Private schools[edit]

  • One elementary school
  • Three junior high schools
  • Four high schools

Colleges and universities[edit]

International Schools[edit]

  • Aoba-Japan International School



Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Seibu Ikebukuro Line


  • Kanto Bus
  • Keio Bus: The Chu 92 bus travels between Nerima and Nakano Stations
  • Kokusai-Kogyo Bus
  • Seibu Bus
  • Toei Bus: The Bus Service Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation operates 5 routes in Nerima Ward.


  • Expressways:
  • National highways:
  • Other major roads:
    • Shin-Ōme Kaidō (Prefectural Road 245)
    • Mejiro Dōri (Prefectural Road 8)
    • Hoya Kaidō (Prefectural Road 233)
    • Kan-nana (Prefectural Road 318)
    • Kan-pachi (Prefectural Road 311)
    • Nakasugi Dōri (Prefectural Road 427)
    • Senkawa Dōri (Prefectural Road 439)
    • Fuji Kaidō (Prefectural Road 441)
    • Sasame Dōri (Prefectural Road 443&68)
    • Igusa Dōri (Prefectural Road 444)


Toshimaen amusement park

Amusement parks[edit]



Jōhoku Central Park
  • Hikarigaoka Park
  • Shakujii Park
  • Ōizumi Central Park
  • Musashiseki Park
  • Jōhoku Central Park (on the boundary with Itabashi)


Nerima prepares the Nerima News Azalea, a city newsletter, in English.[6]

In Popular Culture[edit]

Nerima is the setting of Rumiko Takahashi's long running and popular manga and anime series Ranma ½. As one of the first series in either media to achieve widespread popularity in the English speaking world Ranma introduced Nerima to western audiences, with several locations recognizable as backgrounds.


Nerima ward office
  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Nerima Base

International relations[edit]

Nerima has a sister-city relationship with Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Nerima Gardens in Ipswich commemorates the tie. Nerima also has a similar link to Haidian District, Beijing, China.

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Outline." Toei Animation. Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Company Profile." Anime International Company. Retrieved on February 26, 2010. "AIC Digital Bldg. 3-19-9 Nakamura Kita, Nerima-Ku, Tokyo, Japan 176-0023"
  4. ^ "company (会社案内)." Studio Comet. Retrieved on March 15, 2012. "〒176-0013 東京都練馬区豊玉中3-1-3"
  5. ^ Home. Mushi Production. Retrieved on March 15, 2012. "〒177-0034 東京都練馬区 富士見台2-30-5"
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