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Itabashi City
The east exit of Itabashi Station
The east exit of Itabashi Station
Flag of Itabashi
Official seal of Itabashi
Location of Itabashi in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Itabashi in Tokyo Metropolis
Itabashi is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°46′N 139°41′E / 35.767°N 139.683°E / 35.767; 139.683
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
First official recorded990 AD
As merged with Tokyo CityOctober 1, 1932
As speciali ward of TokyoJuly 1, 1943
 • MayorTakeshi Sakamoto (since April 2007)
 • Total32.22 km2 (12.44 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2020[1])
 • Total584,483
 • Density18,140/km2 (47,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall addressItabashi 2-66-1, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
BirdMotacilla alba
FlowerAnemone flaccida
TreeZelkova serrata
Tall apartments in Takashimadaira

Itabashi (板橋区, Itabashi-ku) is a special ward in the Tokyo Metropolis in Japan. In English, it is called Itabashi City. Itabashi has sister-city relations with Burlington, Ontario, in Canada; Shijingshan District of Beijing in the People's Republic of China; and Bologna in Italy.

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 547,270, and a population density of 16,990 persons per km2. The total area is 32.22 km2.


Itabashi lies on the Kantō plain. The Arakawa River, a major river, forms part of the boundary with Saitama Prefecture. Surrounding the ward are, in Saitama, the cities of Wakō and Toda; and in Tokyo, the wards of Nerima, Toshima, and Kita.

Districts and neighborhoods


a – (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
b – (formerly part of Shimura Nishidai area)
c – (1 & 9)


The name of the ward means "plank bridge" and derives from the wooden span over the Shakujii River that dates from the Heian period. Such a bridge was remarkable at the time, and the name has lasted since. The current bridge in that location is made of ferroconcrete. In the Edo period, the Nakasendō crossed the nearby Shimo Itabashi, and the name came to apply to that area as well. Itabashi was one of the Four Edo Post Towns, and travellers first lodged there after leaving the shogunal capital. Kaga Domain had a mansion there. The shogunate maintained the Itabashi execution grounds at Itabashi.

On October 1, 1932, nine towns and villages of Kita-Toshima District were merged and became part of Tokyo City as Itabashi Ward. It became a special ward May 3, 1947. On August 1 of that year, the localities of Nerima, Kami-Nerima, Naka-Arai, Shakujii and Ōizumi were split off from Itabashi to create Nerima Ward.



Itabashi is home to four universities. Tokyo Kasei University has a campus in the Kaga neighborhood. Also in Kaga is the main campus of Teikyo University. Daito Bunka University has one campus in Takashima-daira, and another in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama. The fourth is the medical college of Nihon University.

Public schools

Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education.

Public elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Itabashi City Board of Education (板橋区教育委員会).

Public junior high schools:[2]

Public elementary schools:[3]

Private schools

Points of interest



Some of these stations straddle the boundaries with other wards, or are within walking distance of Itabashi. The addresses of some stations are in neighboring wards. Shimo-Itabashi Station is in Toshima; Kotake Mukaihara Station and Akatsuka Subway Station are in Nerima; Ukima-Funado Station is actually in Kita.


Sister cities

Notable people from Itabashi

See also

Other locations with the same kanji (板橋, read Itabashi during Japanese rule):


  1. ^ "Population by District". Tokyo Statistical Yearbook. Retrieved July 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "板橋区立中学校一覧". Itabashi. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  3. ^ "板橋区立小学校一覧". Itabashi. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  4. ^ ウリハッキョ一覧. Chongryon. Archived from the original on October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 東京朝鮮第三初級学校 173-0033 東京都板橋区大山西町67-25-6((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)().