Kitanagoya (北名古屋市, Kitanagoya-shi) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2019, the city had an estimated population of 86,068 in 36,904 households,[1] and a population density of 4,685 inhabitants per square kilometre (12,130/sq mi). The total area of the city is 18.37 square kilometres (7.09 sq mi). Kitanagoya is a member of the World Health Organization’s Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC).[2]

Flag of Kitanagoya
Official logo of Kitanagoya
Location of Kitanagoya in Aichi Prefecture
Location of Kitanagoya in Aichi Prefecture
Kitanagoya is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°14′44.3″N 136°51′57.4″E / 35.245639°N 136.865944°E / 35.245639; 136.865944Coordinates: 35°14′44.3″N 136°51′57.4″E / 35.245639°N 136.865944°E / 35.245639; 136.865944
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
 • MayorTamotsu Nagase
 • Total18.37 km2 (7.09 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2019)
 • Total86,068
 • Density4,700/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeOsmanthus
- FlowerAzalea
Phone number0568-22-1111
Address15 Shimizuda, Nishinoho, Kitanagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 481-8531
WebsiteOfficial website


Downtown of Kitanagoya

Kitanagoya is located in the northwest region of Aichi Prefecture. The city lies within a 10 kilometers range of downtown Nagoya and is relatively small. The city is about 6 kilometers from east to west, and about 4 kilometers from north to south. The city is located in the heart of Nōbi Plain, approximately five meters above sea level. There are numerous rivers, including the Gojō River, Shin River, and Aise River, which create a natural biosphere.


The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Kitanagoya is 15.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1718 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 28.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around 4.3 °C.[3]


Per Japanese census data,[4] the population of Kitanagoya has increased rapidly over the past 60 years.

Historical population
1960 16,847—    
1970 46,740+177.4%
1980 69,078+47.8%
1990 72,582+5.1%
2000 75,728+4.3%
2010 81,550+7.7%

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

Aichi Prefecture


Late modern periodEdit

The area of present-day Kitanagoya was part of rural Nishikasugai District, Aichi from 1889. The area began to develop in the Taishō period with the development of the Meitetsu Inuyama train line.

Contemporary historyEdit

The town of Shikatsu was created on April 1, 1961, followed by Nishiharu on November 1, 1963 as the population increased due to increasing industrialization of the area.[5] The two towns were merged to create the city of Kitanagoya on March 20, 2006.[6]


Kitanagoya City Hall West branch

Kitanagoya has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 21 members. The city contributes two members to the Aichi Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Aichi District 5 of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

External relationsEdit

Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit



Due to its location adjacent to the Nagoya metropolis, which is only ten minutes away by express train, Kitanagoya is largely a commuter town. However, agriculture is also highly developed, using the productive fertile soil and land with an alluvial fan created by Kiso and Shōnai River.[5]



The Nagoya University of Arts is also located in Kitanagoya.


Kitanagoya has ten public elementary schools and six public junior high schools operated by the city government, and one public high school operated by the Aichi Prefectural Board of Education.



Conventional linesEdit




Japan National RouteEdit

Notable people from KitanagoyaEdit


  1. ^ Kitanagoya City official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Alliance for Healthy Cities official home page
  3. ^ Kitanagoya climate data
  4. ^ Kitanagoya population statistics
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ "Profile of Kitanagoya City". Kitanagoya City. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  7. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kitanagoya, Aichi at Wikimedia Commons