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Kunitachi (国立市 Kunitachi-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 75,867, and a population density of 9,310 persons per km². Its total area is 8.15 square kilometres (3.15 sq mi).
Kunitachi City Hall
Location of Kunitachi in Tokyo
|• Mayor||Kazuo Sato (since April 2011)|
|• Total||8.15 km2 (3.15 sq mi)|
|• Density||9,310/km2 (24,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Tree||Ginkgo biloba|
|• Flower||Prunus mume|
|• Bird||Great tit|
|Address||2-47-1 Fujimi-dai, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo 186-0501|
Kunitachi is located in the Musashino Terrace of central Tokyo Metropolis. Kunitachi is known for its broad main avenue, Daigaku Dori (University Avenue). This cherry-tree-lined boulevard stretches from Kunitachi Station on the Chūō Main Line toward the banks of the Tama River.
Kunitachi lies along the historical Kōshū Kaidō, a route that connected Edo with Kofu in the province of Kai (present-day Yamanashi Prefecture). The modern villages of Yaho, Aoyagi and Yabo were created within Tama District of Kanagawa Prefecture during the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The district was transferred from Kanagawa to Tokyo in 1893. The three villages were merged to form Kunitachi town in 1951. Kunitachi was elevated to city status on January 1, 1967.
- Hitotsubashi University.
- Kunitachi has eight public and three private elementary schools, and three public and one private middle schools.
- The two public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education. There are also three private high schools.
- The city was originally home to Kunitachi College of Music. The tertiary-level branch of the conservatory is now located far outside the city, but its attached high school and business affiliate, Kunitachi Gakki (Western Tokyo's largest community music center), remain in central Kunitachi.