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Nerima City
A street in Hikarigaoka, Nerima
Location of Nerima in Tokyo
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°44′8.24″N 139°39′5.97″E / 35.7356222°N 139.6516583°E / 35.7356222; 139.6516583Coordinates: 35°44′8.24″N 139°39′5.97″E / 35.7356222°N 139.6516583°E / 35.7356222; 139.6516583
 • MayorAkio Maekawa (since April 2014)
 • Total48.08 km2 (18.56 sq mi)
 (May 1, 2021)
 • Total744,026
 • Density15,475/km2 (40,080/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address6-12-1 Toyotama-kita, Nerima
TreeKobushi Magnolia
Nerima ward office
Nerima ward office

Nerima (練馬区, Nerima-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. The ward refers to itself as Nerima City.

As of 1 May 2016, the ward has an estimated population of 721,858, with 323,296 households and a population density of 15,013 persons per km2, while 15,326 foreign residents are registered and 21.6% of the ward's population is over the age of 65. The total area is 48.08 km2.[citation needed]

Districts and neighborhoods


In the Edo period, the area was mostly farmland producing daikon radishes, gobo burdocks, and potatoes. After the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, many people from central Tokyo moved to the area.[1]

On October 1, 1932, Nerima town, and Kami-Nerima, Naka-Arai, Shakujii and Ōizumi Villages were incorporated in Old Tokyo City. Prior to the creation of the ward on August 1, 1947, the area had been part of Itabashi. In 1952, the Japan Self-Defense Forces established a base there. The first division of the eastern group of the Ground Self-Defense Force has its headquarters there. The United States Forces Japan already had a base, Grant Heights, which it returned to Japanese control in 1973. Grant Heights had been Narimasu airfield under the Imperial Japanese Army until the end of World War II. The runway is now the main street in front of the IMA department store in Hikarigaoka.


Shakujii River and cherry blossoms
Shakujii River and cherry blossoms

Nerima lies at the northwestern edge of the 23 central wards of Tokyo. Neighboring wards are Itabashi (to the east), Suginami, Toshima and Nakano (to the south), as well as the cities of Musashino (to the southwest) and Nishi-Tokyo (to the west). To the north lie three cities in Saitama Prefecture: Wako, Asaka and Niiza.


Toei Animation has its headquarters in the Ohizumi Studio in Nerima.[2] Anime International Company has its headquarters in the AIC Digital Building.[3] In addition, Studio Comet,[4] and Mushi Production have their headquarters in Nerima.[5]


Nihon University Ekoda Campus
Nihon University Ekoda Campus

Public schools

High schools

National schools

Private schools

Colleges and universities

International Schools



Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Seibu Ikebukuro Line




Toshimaen amusement park
Toshimaen amusement park

Amusement parks



Johoku-Chuo Park
Johoku-Chuo Park


Nerima prepares the Nerima News Azalea, a city newsletter, in English.[6]

In popular culture

Nerima is the setting of Rumiko Takahashi's long running and popular manga and anime series Ranma ½ and Urusei Yatsura. As one of the first series in either media to achieve widespread popularity in the English speaking world, Ranma introduced Nerima to western audiences, with several locations recognizable as backgrounds.

It is also the setting of Takamitsu Kondou's Nerima Daikon Brothers and Kengo Hanazawa's I Am a Hero.

The main setting of the anime and manga series Prison School is a high school named Hachimitsu Academy, which is located in Nerima.

It is also the setting for four popular anime and manga series, Your Lie in April, Tokyo Ghoul, Rent-A-Girlfriend, and Doraemon.

The popular Japanese horror franchise, Ju On, takes place predominantly in Nerima.

Nekoma High School, one of the main teams of popular manga and anime Haikyu!!, is in Nerima.


International relations

Nerima has a sister-city relationship with Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Nerima Gardens in Ipswich commemorates the tie. Nerima also has a similar link to Haidian District, Beijing, China.

See also


  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Outline Archived 2015-07-03 at the Wayback Machine." Toei Animation. Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Company Profile." Anime International Company. Retrieved on February 26, 2010. "AIC Digital Bldg. 3-19-9 Nakamura Kita, Nerima-Ku, Tokyo, Japan 176-0023"
  4. ^ "company (会社案内) Archived 2012-03-11 at the Wayback Machine." Studio Comet. Retrieved on March 15, 2012. "〒176-0013 東京都練馬区豊玉中3-1-3"
  5. ^ Home. Mushi Production. Retrieved on March 15, 2012. "〒177-0034 東京都練馬区 富士見台2-30-5"
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