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Chōfu (調布市, Chōfu-shi) is a city in the Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 June 2020, the city had an estimated population of 240,668, and a population density of 11,152 per km². Its total area is 21.58 square kilometres (8.33 sq mi).


Chōfu City Hall
Chōfu City Hall
Flag of Chōfu
Official seal of Chōfu
Location of Chōfu in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Chōfu in Tokyo Metropolis
Chōfu is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°39′2.21″N 139°32′26.4″E / 35.6506139°N 139.540667°E / 35.6506139; 139.540667Coordinates: 35°39′2.21″N 139°32′26.4″E / 35.6506139°N 139.540667°E / 35.6506139; 139.540667
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
 • MayorYoshiki Nagatomo (since July 2002)
 • Total21.58 km2 (8.33 sq mi)
 (June 2020)
 • Total240,668
 • Density11,152/km2 (28,880/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
• TreeCinnamomum camphora
• FlowerLagerstroemia indica
• BirdJapanese white-eye
Phone number042-481-7111
Address2-35-1 Kojima-cho, Chōfu-shi, Tokyo-to 182-8511
Ajinomoto Stadium
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Jindai Botanical Garden


Chōfu is approximately in the south-center of Tokyo Metropolis, approximately 20 kilometers west from downtown Tokyo, on the Musashino Terrace bordered by the floodplains of the Tama River and the Iruma River.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit


The area of present-day Chōfu has been inhabited since Japanese Paleolithic times, and numerous remains from the Jōmon, Yayoi and Kofun periods have been discovered. During the Nara period, it became part of ancient Musashi Province. During the Sengoku period, the area was frequently contested between the Later Hōjō clan and Uesugi clan. During the Edo period, the area prospered as a post station on the Kōshū Kaidō and as a center for sericulture.

In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, Chōfu Town and neighboring Jindai Village were established within Kanagawa Prefecture. The entire district was transferred to the control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. Jindai was elevated to town status on November 3, 1952, and merged with Chōfu Town on April 1, 1955, to form the present city of Chōfu.


Chōfu is primarily a regional commercial center, and a bedroom community for central Tokyo. The headquarters of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are also located in the city.






Colleges and universities:

Primary and secondary education

  • Chōfu has 20 public and two private elementary schools, eight public and three private middle schools and four public and three private high schools.
  • The American School in Japan also has a campus.

Local attractionsEdit

Every[citation needed] July, Chōfu hosts the Chōfu City Fireworks Festival, attended by as many as 300,000 people along the banks of the Tamagawa River. The tiny Fuda Station on the Keio Line is inundated on this one day with tens of thousands of visitors.[citation needed]

Chōfu has a large cultural centre that supports many groups encouraging the integration of foreigners into Japanese society, providing free Japanese, Shodo, Ikebana, Karate (and many other) lessons.

There is a park and memorial hall commemorating the life of novelist Mushanokōji Saneatsu, a former resident of Chōfu.

For the 1964 Summer Olympics, the city served as part of the route for the athletic 50-kilometer walk and marathon events.[1]

Notable people from ChōfuEdit


  1. ^ 1964 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. Part 1. pp. 74-5.

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