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Warabi is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°50′N 139°41′E / 35.833°N 139.683°E / 35.833; 139.683
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama
 - Mayor Hideo Yoritaka
 - Total 5.10 km2 (2 sq mi)
City Symbols
 - Tree Zelkova serrata
 - Flower Rhododendron indicum
Website Warabi

Warabi (蕨市 Warabi-shi ?) is a city located in Saitama, Japan. Warabi is the name of a bracken. The city was founded on April 1, 1959.

As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 71,034 and a density of 13,928.24 persons per km². The total area is 5.10 km². Warabi is famous for being the most densely populated area of Japan.

The city is served by Warabi Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line.


Politics and government

The directly-elected executive mayor is Hideo Yoritaka, a member of the Japanese Communist Party. The legislative city assembly has 18 elected members.




The west entrance of Warabi Station

The city is served by the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and the main station is Warabi Station.

Warabi schools

There are a total of seven elementary schools in Warabi city:

  • Warabi Chūō Elementary 蕨市立中央小学校 (Central Elementary)
  • Warabi Chūō-Higashi Elementary 蕨市立中央東小学校 (Central-East Elementary)
  • Warabi Nishi Elementary 蕨市立西小学校 (West Elementary)
  • Warabi Higashi Elementary 蕨市立東小学校 (East Elementary)
  • Warabi Tsukagoshi Elementary 塚越市立小学校 (Tsukagoshi Elementary)
  • Warabi Kita Elementary 蕨市立北小学校 (North Elementary)
  • Warabi Minami Elementary 蕨市立南小学校 (South Elementary)
Warabi Kita Elementary was refurbished in 2004 with a new wing added and various features added to improve disabled access (automated lifts, minimal steps, slopes for wheelchair access).

These Elementary schools feed a total of three Junior High Schools:

  • Warabi City the First Junior High School (蕨市立第一中学校)
  • Warabi City the Second Junior High School (蕨市立第二中学校)
  • Warabi East Junior High (蕨市立東中学校)

There are also two High Schools in Warabi City:

  • Warabi High School (蕨高等学校)
  • Bunan High School (武南高等学校)

Notes of interest

Warabi city has played host to the all-Japan Chinese Wushu championships, and so is one of the few Japanese cities that have a strong Wushu tradition. Wushu is offered in some elementary schools as an after-school activity, and is practised by a significant number of Elementary, Junior High, and High School Students.

El Dorado County, California, USA is a sister municipality to Warabi city.[1]

External links

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