Tachikawa, Tokyo

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Tachikawa City Hall
Tachikawa City Hall
Flag of Tachikawa
Official seal of Tachikawa
Location of Tachikawa in Tokyo
Location of Tachikawa in Tokyo
Tachikawa is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°41′39.2″N 139°25′10.8″E / 35.694222°N 139.419667°E / 35.694222; 139.419667Coordinates: 35°41′39.2″N 139°25′10.8″E / 35.694222°N 139.419667°E / 35.694222; 139.419667
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
 • Total 24.36 km2 (9.41 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 180,967
 • Density 7,430/km2 (19,200/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
• Tree Zelkova serrata
• Flower Magnolia kobus
Phone number 042-523-2111
Address 1156-9 Izumi-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-8666
Website www.city.tachikawa.lg.jp

Tachikawa (立川市 Tachikawa-shi?) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 180,967 and a population density of 7430 persons per km². Its total area was 24.36 square kilometres (9.41 sq mi).


Tachikawa is located on the Musashino Terrace of western Tokyo, approximately 40 km west of the center of Tokyo. The Tama River flows between Tachikawa and the neighboring city of Hino. The Tamagawa-jousui (Tamagawa Aqueduct) flows north of the city, with a great promenade on both banks.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Tachikawa 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 Tachikawa 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. Tachikawa Airfield Was established in 1922 by the Imperial Japanese Army, and Tachikawa was elevated to town status the following year. On December 1, 1940 Tachikawa was elevated to city status.

Notable events[edit]

On May 12, 2011, a robbery of the largest amount of money in Japanese history took place in the city. On that day at 3 a.m., two men wearing masks broke into the office of a security company, bound the sole security guard, beat him until he revealed the code to the company's vault, and then made off with 70 bags of cash containing ¥604 million. The security guard, 36, was seriously injured. Hideaki Ueki, 31, Yutaka Watanabe, 41, Tsutomu Sakuma, 37, and three others were later arrested and charged with perpetrating the crime. All the men allegedly had ties to the Yakuza.[1][2]


Universities and colleges[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Tachikawa has twenty public elementary and nine public middle schools operated by the city government. The city has two public high schools operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education and three private high schools

International schools[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

The Tokyo Metropolitan Library Tama Library opened in Tachikawa in 1987 to relieve municipal libraries.[5]




Tachikawa is not served by any national expressways or national highways.

Local attractions[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]


  1. ^ Kyodo News, "Man arrested, another wanted in nation's biggest cash robbery case", Japan Times, 2 June 2011, p. 1.
  2. ^ Kyodo News, "Sixth man apprehended over cash heist in Tachikawa", Japan Times, 1 August 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.tatikawa-chukou-j.metro.tokyo.jp/
  4. ^ "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. Retrieved on October 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Library
  6. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 

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