Kokubunji (国分寺市 Kokubunji-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 February 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 122,787, and a population density of 10,710 persons per km². Its total area is 11.46 square kilometres (4.42 sq mi).
Kokubunji City Hall
Location of Kokubunji in Tokyo
|• Mayor||Kunio Izawa (since July 2013)|
|• Total||11.46 km2 (4.42 sq mi)|
|• Density||10,710/km2 (27,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|• Flower||Satsuki azalea|
|Address||1-6-1 Tokura, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo 185-8501|
Kokubunji is located on the Musashino Terrace of western Tokyo, approximately in the geographic centre of Tokyo Metropolis.
The area of present-day Kokubunji was part of ancient Musashi Province, and was the site of the Nara period Provincial temple of that province. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of 1878, the area became part of Kitatama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. The village of Kokubunji 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. Kokubunji was elevated to town status in 1940, and to city status on November 3, 1964.
Kokubunji is the home of the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, which contains one of the largest natural preserves in the area surrounding Tokyo. The Railway Technical Research Institute, the technical research company under the Japan Railways group of companies is also located in Kokubunji.
Kokubunji has ten public elementary schools and five public middle schools. The city has one public high school, Kokubunji High School, which is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education. There is also one private high school, affiliated with Waseda University. Tokyo Keizai University has a campus at Kokubunji.
- JR East – Chūō Main Line
- JR East – Musashino Line
- Seibu Railway - Seibu Kokubunji Line
- Seibu Railway - Seibu Tamako Line
- Kokubunji is not served by any national highways or expressways
Sister city relationsEdit
- Hitachi Central Research Laboratory website, retrieved 28 January 2013
- "Compulsory Education Systems in Japan", Kokubunji official website, retrieved 23 June 2008
- Tokyo Metropolitan Kokubunji High School website, retrieved 23 June 2008
- "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015.