Kita, Tokyo

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35°45'00"N
139°43'59"E
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Description

Kita (北区, Kita-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is City of Kita. The ward was founded on March 15, 1947. As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 340,287, and a population density of 16,510 persons per km2. The total area is 20.61 km2.

Districts and neighborhoods

History

The area was a collection of rural villages and towns until the 1880s, when it was connected by rail to central Tokyo (Oji Station opening in 1883). Parts of the area joined Tokyo City in 1932 as the Ōji (former Ōji and Iwabuchi towns) and Takinogawa (former Takinogawa town) Wards. Kita was officially formed in 1947 by the merger of these wards.

Geography

The name Kita, meaning "north," reflects the location among the wards of Tokyo. To its north lie the cities of Kawaguchi and Toda in Saitama Prefecture. To the east, south and west lie other special wards: Adachi, Arakawa, Itabashi, Bunkyō, and Toshima. Four rivers run through Kita: Arakawa River Sumida River Shakujii River Shingashi River

Famous sites

Asukayama Park Ukima Park Chūō Park (formerly Camp Oji) Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty. Nanushi-no-taki Park Oji Shrine, one of the Tokyo Ten Shrines (東京十社, Tokyo Jissha). Oji Inari shrine

Economy

The head office of Seiyu Group is in Kita.

Education

The city's public elementary and middle schools are operated by the City of Kita Board of Education. The city's public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education. Asuka High School (東京都立飛鳥高等学校) Akabane Commercial High School (東京都立赤羽商業高等学校) Kirigaoka High School (東京都立桐ケ丘高等学校) Oji Technical High School (東京都立王子総合高等学校)The following private domestic schools are in the ward: Seigakuin Junior & Senior High School (for boys) – Nakazato Joshi Seigakuin Junior & Senior High School (for girls) – NakazatoThe following international schools are in the ward: Lycée Français International de Tokyo (French) L'École du Juste Milieu (French-English) Tokyo Korean Junior and Senior High School (North Korean)The following universities are in the ward: Tokyo University of Social Welfare Tokyo Seitoku University

Transportation

Rail

JR East Tōhoku Main Line, Takasaki Line, Utsunomiya Line: Oku, Akabane Stations Saikyō Line (Akabane Line): Itabashi, Jujo, Akabane, Kita Akabane, Ukima Funado Stations Keihin-Tōhoku Line: Tabata, Kami Nakazato, Ōji, Higashi Jujo, Akabane Stations Yamanote Line: Tabata Station Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation Tokyo Sakura Tram: Nishigahara-yonchome, Takinogawa-ichome, Asukayama, Oji-ekimae, Sakaecho, Kajiwara Stations Tokyo Metro Namboku Line: Nishigahara, Ōji, Ōji Kamiya, Shimo, Akabane Iwabuchi Stations Saitama Rapid Railway Line (Sainokuni Stadium Line): Akabane-Iwabuchi Station

Highways

Shuto Expressway C2 Central Loop (Itabashi JCT – Kasai JCT) Route 17 (Nakasendō)

Notable people from Kita

Kōbō Abe, Japanese writer, playwright, musician, photographer, inventor and novelist Elephant Kashimashi, rock band Kyoko Fukada, model, actress, and singer Megumi Hayashibara, seiyuu, musician, singer, writer, radio DJ and TV talk show host, certified nurse Hikaru Ijuin, radio and television personality Kiyoshi Kodama, actor and TV personality Kazuya Yoshii, singer-songwriter and musician (The Yellow Monkey) KOHH, rapper (Real Name: Yuki Chiba, Nihongo: 千葉雄喜, Chiba Yūki) Yuichi Nakamaru, singer-songwriter, actor, television personality, radio host, and a member of KAT-TUN

International relations

Kita has a sister city relationship with Xuanwu District, Beijing, China. It is also twinned with the following cities in Japan. Sakata, Yamagata Kanra, Gunma Nakanojō, Gunma
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