Mitaka, Tokyo

Mitaka (三鷹市, Mitaka-shi) is a city located in the western portion of the Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 189,168, and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Its total area is 16.42 square kilometres (6.34 sq mi).[1]


Mitaka City Hall
Mitaka City Hall
Flag of Mitaka
Official seal of Mitaka
Location of Mitaka in Tokyo
Location of Mitaka in Tokyo
Mitaka is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°41′0.8″N 139°33′34.3″E / 35.683556°N 139.559528°E / 35.683556; 139.559528Coordinates: 35°41′0.8″N 139°33′34.3″E / 35.683556°N 139.559528°E / 35.683556; 139.559528
 • MayorTakashi Kawamura (since April 2019)
 • Total16.42 km2 (6.34 sq mi)
 (February 2016)
 • Total189,168
 • Density11,520/km2 (29,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreeGinkgo biloba
• FlowerMalus halliana
Phone number042-558-1111
Address1-1-1 Nozaki, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8555


Mitaka is located on the Kantō Plain, just outside the 23 special wards of Tokyo Metropolis, which are on its eastern borders. The Tamagawa Josui Canal, which runs alongside Mitaka station, has an important place in history, built in 1653 to feed the local metropolis. It is also the place where novelist Osamu Dazai committed suicide in 1948. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan is located in Mitaka.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit


In 1994 there were 2,585 foreign residents in Mitaka, including 726 from North and South Korea, 713 from China, 441 from the United States, 114 from the Philippines, and 108 from the United Kingdom. Of all municipalities in Japan, Mitaka had the highest proportion of Chinese returnees.[2]


The area of present-day Mitaka was part of ancient Musashi Province. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Kitatama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. The village of Mitaka 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. Mitaka was raised to town status in 1940. Mitaka City was officially founded on November 3, 1950. A motion to merge with neighboring Musashino City failed in 1955 by only a single vote in the Mitaka city assembly.


Mitaka is primarily a bedroom community for Tokyo. A number of animation studios, including Pierrot[3] and Telecom Animation Film[4] have their corporate headquarters in Mitaka. A short-lived video game manufacturer TAD Corporation was founded and headquartered in the same location.[5][6][7] Subaru Tecnica International has its headquarters in Mitaka.[8]


Colleges and universitiesEdit

Primary and secondary schoolsEdit

Private primary and secondary schools:

  • Taisei High School
  • Kokugakuin Kugayama Junior High/High School
  • Hosei University Junior and Senior High School (法政大学中学高等学校)
  • Little Angels International School[10]




Local attractionsEdit

The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

Notable people from MitakaEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mitaka City home page
  2. ^ Maher, John C. (1995), " The Kakyo: Chinese in Japan]", Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 16 (1–2): 125–138, doi:10.1080/01434632.1995.9994596 External link in |title= (help) - (published online 14 September 2010) CITED: p. 135."
  3. ^ "Company Profile Archived 2010-02-12 at the Wayback Machine." Studio Pierrot. Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "[1] Archived 2011-09-12 at the Wayback Machine."
  5. ^ Latest Status Info
  6. ^ Image Trademark Trademark Application of TAD CORPORATION - Serial Number 74117580 :: Justia Trademarks
  7. ^ 74117580 - Trademarks411, Trademark Search Made Simple
  8. ^ STI company profile. Retrieved on 2 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Housing Office | Housing Information | Mitaka International Hall of Residence".
  10. ^ "Contact Us." Little Angels International School. Retrieved on October 25, 2018. "Little Angels International School (Mitaka Campus) [...] 9-7-14,Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013, Japan." - Japanese address: "リトル・エンジェルス・インターナショナル・スクール(三鷹校)[...] 〒181-0013 東京三鷹市下連雀9-7-14"

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