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Flag of Musashino
Official seal of Musashino
Location of Musashino in Tokyo
Location of Musashino in Tokyo
Musashino is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°43′3.8″N 139°33′57.8″E / 35.717722°N 139.566056°E / 35.717722; 139.566056Coordinates: 35°43′3.8″N 139°33′57.8″E / 35.717722°N 139.566056°E / 35.717722; 139.566056
 • MayorReiko Matsushita (from October 2017)
 • Total10.98 km2 (4.24 sq mi)
 (March 2021)
 • Total147,492
 • Density13,000/km2 (35,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreeMagnolia kobus, Zelkova serrata, Cornus florida
• FlowerLespedeza, Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum, Orychophragmus, Azalea, Daphne odora, Narcissus, Hibiscus mutabilis, Ipomoea nil, Chrysanthemum
Phone number0422-51-5131
Address2-2-28 Midori-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-8777
WebsiteOfficial website

Musashino (武蔵野市, Musashino-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 March 2021, the city had an estimated population of 147,492 in 77,779 households, and a population density of 13,000 persons per km². The total area of the city is 10.98 square kilometres (4.24 sq mi).[1] Based on the 2015 Kanto Ranking, Musashino was the fifth most desirable place to live in Central Japan.[citation needed]

Popular attractions in Musashino include Kichijōji; a residential and shopping neighborhood with malls such as Atre Kichijoji, recreational areas such as Inokashira Park, Musashino Chuo Park, Musashino Municipal Athletic Stadium and Musashino Sports Complex.


Sun Road, Kichijōji
Sun Road, Kichijōji

Musashino is located in the Musashino Terrace of central Tokyo Metropolis. It is bordered by the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo.[2][3]

Musashino is composed of the following neighborhoods: Kichijoji Kitamachi, Kichijoji Higashi Cho, Kichijoji Honcho, Kichijoji Minamicho, Kyonan Cho, Gotenyama, Sakai, Sakurazuki, Sekimae, Nakacho, Nishikubo, Midoricho, and Yahata Cho.[4]

Kichijōji includes the source of the Kanda River.[5]

Surrounding municipalities

Tokyo Metropolis


Musashino has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Musashino is 14.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1647 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.1 °C.[6]


Per Japanese census data,[7] the population of Musashino increased rapidly in the 1950s and 1960s, but has remained relatively constant for the past 40 years.

Historical population
1920 4,931—    
1930 17,229+249.4%
1940 41,767+142.4%
1950 73,149+75.1%
1960 120,337+64.5%
1970 136,959+13.8%
1980 136,910−0.0%
1990 139,077+1.6%
2000 135,746−2.4%
2010 138,813+2.3%


The area of present-day Musashino was part of ancient Musashi Province.[8] In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Kitatama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. The village of Musashino was created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of modern municipalities law. Kitatama District was transferred to the administrative control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893.[9] Musashino was elevated to town status in 1928. Nakajima Aircraft Company had an aircraft engine plant in Musashino, which became a target for American bombers in World War II.[10] Musashino was elevated to city status on November 3, 1947.[11]


Musashino has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 26 members. Musashino contributes one member to the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Tokyo 18th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.


Musashino is largely a bedroom community for central Tokyo.

The anime and manga company Coamix has its headquarters in the Kichijōji neighborhood of Musashino.[12] At one time Studio Ghibli was located in Kichijōji.[13] Several other animation studios are located in Musashino, including J.C.Staff,[14] Artland, Studio Ponoc, Production I.G, Bee Train, and Tatsunoko Production.

The electrical engineering and software company Yokogawa Electric has its headquarters in Nakacho, Musashino. Tokyo Musashino City FC, a football (soccer) club, is also located there.


Universities and colleges

Primary and secondary schools

International schools



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JR EastChūō Line (Rapid)

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Keio Corporation - Keio Inokashira Line

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- Seibu Tamagawa Line


Inokashira Park
Inokashira Park

Local attractions

Sister cities

Musashino in popular culture


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  2. ^ "64 Things to Do in Musashino: Points of Interest + Activities". Inspirock. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  3. ^ Adriana (2019-05-22). "Kichijoji – Tokyo's hottest suburban area". REthink Tokyo - Real Estate Information for Buyers and Investors. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  4. ^ Mapion. 住所一覧から地図を検索 > 関東 > 東京都 > 武蔵野市 地図. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
  5. ^ "Hanami at Inokashira park | MustLoveJapan Video Travel Guide". Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  6. ^ Musashino climate data
  7. ^ Musashino population statistics
  8. ^ "Kokubunji, Musashino, the belly button of Tokyo". 22 May 2020. Retrieved 2021-01-08.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Writers, YABAI. "The Tourist's Complete Guide to Exploring the City of Kokubunji | YABAI - The Modern, Vibrant Face of Japan". YABAI. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  10. ^ "THIRD B-29 RAID ON JAPANESE CAPITAL TOKYO". 3 December 2020. Retrieved 2021-01-08.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "2017 Musashino City Overview". Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  12. ^ "事業概要." "【住所】 [出版コンテンツ事業部(編集部)・キャラクター事業部・総務部] 〒180-0004 東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町 2-4-14 メディ・コープビル8 3F TEL/0422-29-0414(代表) FAX/0422-29-0413"
  13. ^ "The Animerica Interview: Takahata and Nosaka: Two Grave Voices in Animation." Animerica. Volume 2, No. 11. Page 11. Translated by Animerica from: Takahata, Isao. Eiga o Tsukurinagara, Kangaeta Koto ("Things I Thought While Making Movies") Tokuma Shoten, 1991. Originally published in Animage, June 1987. This is a translation of a 1987 conversation between Takahata and Akiyuki Nosaka. "Kichijoji is the Tokyo area where "Studio Ghibli," frequent Takahata collaborator Hayao Miyazaki's studio, is located.[...]—Ed."
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  15. ^ "Spring School Program 2011 Application Form Archived 2015-03-09 at WebCite" (Archive). Little Angels International School. Retrieved on March 9, 2015. "Little Angels International School 4-9-15, Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-0004 (〒180-0004 東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町4-9-15)"