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Sunset over Nakano, with Nakano Broadway in the distance.
Nakano-ku) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan.
In English, it calls itself Nakano City.
As of 2005, the ward has an estimated population of 297,998 and a density
of 19,110 persons per km². The total area is 15.59 km².
Five special wards surround Nakano: Shinjuku, Suginami, Nerima, Shibuya, and Toshima. It lies just west of the
bustling Shinjuku area.
Rivers include the Kanda, Myosho-ji and Zenpuku-ji Rivers, and
the Aratama Waterway.
The ward was founded on October 1, 1932 when the towns of Nogata
and Nakano were absorbed into the former Tokyo City as Nakano Ward. The present
administration dates from March 15, 1947 when the Allied occupation
reformed the administration of Tokyo-to.
- 1447: Ōta
Dōkan defeated Toshima Yasutsune in a battle here.
- 1606: The Naruki Kaidō, predecessor of today's Ōme Kaidō (a
road to Ōme) was
- 1695: In connection with the Shorui Awaremi no Rei (a law for
the protection of animals), a facility for keeping wild dogs
- 1871: The twelve villages that comprise present-day Nakano
became part of Tokyo Prefecture.
- 1889: The Kofu Railway opens. The forerunner of
today's Chūō Main Line included a station at Nakano en route from
- 1897: Nakano becomes a village.
- 1932: Tokyo City
expands to encompass the district that included Nakano.
- 1943: With the abolition of Tokyo City, Nakano becomes part of
- 1947: Nakano becomes one of the special wards under the new
- 1961: The Tokyo subway system extends to Nakano.
- 1973: Construction of Nakano Sun Plaza near Nakano Station reaches
Public elementary and middle schools are operated by the Nakano
City Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Board of Education.
- Fuji High School 
- Minorigaoka High School 
- Musashigaoka High School 
- Nakano Technical High School 
- Saganomiya High School 
- Yotsuya Commercial High School 
Nakano Ward is served by the JR East Chūō
and Sobu lines, the Seibu Shinjuku Line, the Tokyo Metro Tozai and Marunouchi subway lines,
and the Toei Oedo subway line.
- JR Chūō Main Line: Higashi Nakano, Nakano Stations
- Seibu Shinjuku Line: Arai Yakushi-mae, Numabukuro, Nogata,
Toritsu Kasei, Saginomiya Stations
- Tokyo Metro
- Marunouchi Line
- Shin Nakano, Nakano Sakaue Stations
- Honancho Branch Line: Nakano Fujimicho, Nakano Shimbashi,
Nakano Sakaue Stations
- Tozai Line: Nakano, Ochiai (although the station is in
Shinjuku, some entrances are in Nakano) Stations
- Toei Oedo Line: Nakano Sakaue, Higashi Nakano, Shin-ekoda
National Routes 4, 5, 8, 14 and 25, among others, serve
- Nakano Shopping Mall - A vibrant outdoor arcade,
- Guts Soul - Nakano Yakiniku Resaturant. Famous for their
traditional "vagimo" dish of marbled American pork.