Setagaya, Tokyo

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Setagaya
世田谷
Special ward
世田谷区 · City of Setagaya
Setagaya Ward Office

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Location of Setagaya in Tokyo
Setagaya, Tokyo is located in Japan
Setagaya
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°38′47.66″N 139°39′11.69″E / 35.6465722°N 139.6532472°E / 35.6465722; 139.6532472Coordinates: 35°38′47.66″N 139°39′11.69″E / 35.6465722°N 139.6532472°E / 35.6465722; 139.6532472
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo
Government
 • MayorNobuto Hosaka (since May 2011)
Area
 • Total58.08 km2 (22.42 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total837,185
 • Density14,414.34/km2 (37,333.0/sq mi)
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Postal code(s)154 to 158 (First three digits)
Area code(s)03
Symbols
- TreeZelkova serrata
- FlowerHabenaria radiata
- BirdAzure-winged Magpie
Phone number03-5432-1111
Websitewww.city.setagaya.tokyo.jp
 
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Setagaya
世田谷
Special ward
世田谷区 · City of Setagaya
Setagaya Ward Office

Flag
Location of Setagaya in Tokyo
Setagaya, Tokyo is located in Japan
Setagaya
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°38′47.66″N 139°39′11.69″E / 35.6465722°N 139.6532472°E / 35.6465722; 139.6532472Coordinates: 35°38′47.66″N 139°39′11.69″E / 35.6465722°N 139.6532472°E / 35.6465722; 139.6532472
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo
Government
 • MayorNobuto Hosaka (since May 2011)
Area
 • Total58.08 km2 (22.42 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total837,185
 • Density14,414.34/km2 (37,333.0/sq mi)
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Postal code(s)154 to 158 (First three digits)
Area code(s)03
Symbols
- TreeZelkova serrata
- FlowerHabenaria radiata
- BirdAzure-winged Magpie
Phone number03-5432-1111
Websitewww.city.setagaya.tokyo.jp

Setagaya (世田谷区 Setagaya-ku?) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is also the name of a neighborhood within the ward. The ward calls itself Setagaya City in English.[citation needed] Its official bird is the Azure-winged Magpie, its flower the Fringed Orchid, and its tree the Zelkova serrata. It has the largest population and second largest area (after Ōta) of Tokyo's 23 special wards.

As of May 1, 2011, the ward has an estimated population of 837,185 and a population density of 14,414.34 persons per km². The total area is 58.08 km², the largest of the 23 special wards.

Geography[edit]

Setagaya sits at the southwestern corner of the 23 special wards. The Tama River separates it from Kanagawa Prefecture.

Most of the land is in the Musashino tableland. The parts along the Tama River to the south are comparatively low-lying.

The population of Setagaya is among the highest in Tokyo, and there are many residential neighborhoods.

The ward is divided into five districts. These are Setagaya, Kitazawa, Tamagawa, Kinuta and Karasuyama. Each area has own office as a part of administrative structure.

History[edit]

The special ward of Setagaya was founded on March 15, 1947.[citation needed]

During the Edo period, 42 villages occupied the area. With the abolition of the han system in 1871, the central and eastern portions became part of Tokyo Prefecture while the rest became part of Kanagawa Prefecture; in 1893, some areas were transferred to Tokyo Prefecture. With the establishment of Setagaya Ward (an ordinary ward) in the old Tokyo City in 1932, and further consolidation in 1936, Setagaya took its present boundaries.

During the 1964 Summer Olympics, the district of Karasuyama-machi in Setagaya was part of the athletics marathon and 50 km walk event.[1]

Landmarks[edit]

Gōtoku-ji
Todoroki Valley

Districts[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Road[edit]

National highways[edit]

Politics[edit]

On April 25, 2011, amid national concern over the safety of nuclear power triggered by the March 11 Earthquake and Fukushima I nuclear accidents, former Social Democratic Party Upper House House of Councillors legislator Nobuto Hosaka was elected mayor on an anti-nuclear platform.[2] Prior to becoming mayor, Hosaka was also well-known his staunch opposition of the death penalty[3] and his defense of Japan's Otaku culture.[4]

Economy[edit]

Education[edit]

Setagaya operates public elementary and junior high schools. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates public high schools.

High schools[edit]

  • Chitosegaoka High School
  • Engei High School
  • Fukasawa High School
  • Matsubara High School
  • Roka High School
  • Sakuramachi High School
  • Setagaya Izumi High School
  • Setagaya Sogo High School
  • Setagaya Technical High School
  • Sogo Technical High School
  • Tamagawa High School

The following schools are nationally or privately operated.

  • Keisenjo Gakuen High School
  • Kosei Gakuen Girls High School
  • Nihon University Sakuragaoka High School
  • Seijo Gakuen Junior High School and High School
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture First High School and Junior High School

Elementary schools[edit]

The following schools are operated by Setagaya.[7]

  • Wakabayashi Elementary School
  • Misyuku Elementary School
  • Hihashi-Ohara Elementary School
  • Taishidou Elementary School
  • Sakura Elementary School
  • Matsugaoka Elementary School
  • Sakuragaoka Elementary School
  • Daizawa Elementary School
  • Mamoriyama Elementary School
  • Tamon Elementary School
  • Setagaya Elementary School
  • Matsuzawa Elementary School
  • Komazawa Elementary School
  • Asahi Elementary School
  • Nakazato Elementary School
  • Matsubara Elementary School
  • Kitazawa Elementary School
  • Kamikitazawa Elementary School
  • Komatsunagi Elementary School
  • Ikenoue Elementary School
  • Kyodo Elementary School
  • Tsurumaki Elementary School
  • Yamazaki Elementary School
  • Nakamaru Elementary School
  • Daita Elementary School
  • Sangen-Jaya Elementary School
  • Akatsuzumi Elementary School
  • Matsugaoka Elementary School
  • Ikejiri Elementary School
  • Sasahara Elementary School
  • Hanamido Elementary School
  • Shiroyama Elementary School
  • Fukasawa Elementary School
  • Tamagawa Elementary School
  • Kyosai Elementary School
  • Futako-Tamagawa Elementary School
  • Yahata Elementary School
  • Okusawa Elementary School
  • Oyamadai Elementary School
  • Higashi-Fukasawa Elementary School
  • Higashi-Tamagawa Elementary School
  • Sakuramachi Elementary School
  • Kuhonbutsu Elementary School
  • Seta Elementary School
  • Todoroki Elementary School
  • Yoga Elementary School
  • Nakamachi Elementary School
  • Tamadutsumi Elementary School
  • Karasuyama Elementary School
  • Tsukado Elementary School
  • Soshigaya Elementary School
  • Kinuta Elementary School
  • Meisei Elementary School
  • Karasuyama-Kita Elementary School
  • Hachiman-Yama Elementary School
  • Roka Elementary School
  • Funabashi Elementary School
  • Kinuta-Minami Elementary School
  • Kyuden Elementary School
  • Yamano Elementary School
  • Chitose Elementary School
  • Kitami Elementary School
  • Musashigaoka Elementary School
  • Kibogaoka Elementary School
  • Chitosedai Elementary School

The following schools are nationally or privately operated.

  • Kunimoto Elementary School
  • Showa Elementary School of Showa Women's University
  • Seijo Gakuen Primary School
  • Seisen International School
  • St. Dominic's Institute
  • St. Mary's International School
  • Denenchofu Futaba Gakuen Elementary School
  • Tokyo City University Elementary School
  • Wako Elementary School
  • Setagaya Elementary School of National Tokyo Gakugei University

International relations[edit]

Setagaya has sister-city relationships with Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada; the Döbling district of Vienna, Austria; and Bunbury, Western Australia.

References[edit]

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