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City of Setagaya
Komazawa Olympic Park
Flag of Setagaya
Official seal of Setagaya
Location of Setagaya in Tokyo
Location of Setagaya in Tokyo
Setagaya is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°38′47.66″N 139°39′11.69″E / 35.6465722°N 139.6532472°E / 35.6465722; 139.6532472
Setagaya Latitude and Longitude:

35°38′47.66″N 139°39′11.69″E / 35.6465722°N 139.6532472°E / 35.6465722; 139.6532472
Region Kantō
First official recordedmiddle 15th century
As Tokyo CityOctober 1, 1932
As Special ward of TokyoJuly 1, 1943
 • Mayor Nobuto Hosaka (since May 2011)
 • Total58.06 km2 (22.42 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2020 [1])
 • Total943,664
 • Density16,000/km2 (42,000/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+09:00 ( JST)
Postal code(s)
154 to 158 (First three digits)
Area code03
Bird Azure-winged magpie
Flower Habenaria radiata
Tree Zelkova serrata

Setagaya (世田谷区, Setagaya-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is also the name of a neighborhood and administrative district within the ward. The ward calls itself Setagaya City in English. [2] Its official bird is the azure-winged magpie, its flower is the fringed orchid, and its tree is the Zelkova serrata.

Setagaya has the largest population and second-largest area (after Ōta) of Tokyo's special wards. As of January 1, 2020, the ward has an estimated population of 939,099, and a population density of 16,177 persons per square kilometre with the total area of 58.06 km2.


Setagaya is located at the southwestern corner of the Tokyo's special wards and the Tama River separates the boundary between Tokyo Metropolis and Kanagawa Prefecture.

Residential population is among the highest in Tokyo as there are many residential neighbourhoods within Setagaya. Setagaya is served by various rail services providing frequent two- to three-minute headway rush-hour services to the busiest train terminals of Shinjuku and Shibuya as well as through service trains which continue travelling on to the Tokyo Metro lines providing direct access to the central commercial and business districts. Most rail lines run parallel from east to west and there are no north to south rail services within Setagaya, except for Setagaya Line light rail.

The ward is divided into five districts. These are Setagaya, Kitazawa, Tamagawa, Kinuta and Karasuyama. The main ward office and municipal assembly (city hall) is located in Setagaya District, but other districts also have their own branch ward offices as a part of the administrative structure. Each branch office provides almost identical services as the main office, but does not provide the services related to municipal assembly.

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


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. [3]


Todoroki Valley



Cultural facilities

Religious facilities



Karasuyama Area
Kinuta Area
  • Chitosedai
  • Funabashi
  • Kamata
  • Kinuta
  • Kinutakōen
  • Kitami
  • Okamoto
  • Ōkura
  • Seijō
  • Soshigaya
  • Unane
Kitazawa Area
  • Akatsutsumi
  • Daita
  • Daizawa
  • Gōtokuji
  • Hanegi
  • Ikejiria
  • Kitazawa (including Shimokitazawa)
  • Matsubara
  • Ōhara
  • Sakurajōsui
  • Umegaoka
Setagaya Area
  • Shimouma
  • Ikejirib
  • Kamiuma
  • Komazawac
  • Kyōdō
  • Mishuku
  • Miyasaka
  • Nozawa
  • Sakura
  • Sakuragaoka
  • Sangenjaya
  • Setagaya
  • Taishidō
  • Tsurumaki
  • Wakabayashi
Tamagawa Area
  • Fukazawa
  • Higashitamagawa
  • Kaminoge
  • Kamiyōga
  • Komazawad
  • Komazawakōen
  • Nakamachi
  • Noge
  • Okusawa
  • Oyamadai
  • Sakurashinmachi
  • Seta
  • Shinmachi
  • Tamazutsumi
  • Tamagawa
  • Tamagawadai
  • Tamagawa-Den'enchōfu
  • Todoroki
  • Yōga
  • Futako-Tamagawa

a – 4- chōme (33- ban to 39-ban)
b – 1, 2, 3-chōme, 4-chōme (1-ban to 32-ban)
c – 1, 2-chōme
d – 3, 4-chōme




Seta Intersection at Seta, Setagaya in 2010


National highways

Prefecture roads

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Road 3 "Setagaya Dōri"
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Road 311 "Kampachi Dōri"
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Road 312 "Meguro Dōri"
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Road 318 "Kan-nana Dōri"
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Road 416 "Komazawa Dōri"


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. [4] Prior to becoming mayor, Hosaka was also well known for his staunch opposition of the death penalty [5] and his defense of Japan's Otaku culture. [6]


Rakuten Crimson House
  • Rakuten has its headquarters building "Rakuten Crimson House" in Setagaya.
  • Toho has studio facilities in Setagaya.
  • OLM, Inc. has its studios in Setagaya. [7]
  • Ivan Ramen restaurant: a ramen shop owned by an American chef.


Higher education

Primary and secondary education

National schools

These are schools operated by agencies of the central Government of Japan.

Metropolitan senior high schools

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates following senior high schools in Setagaya.

Municipal junior high schools

The Setagaya City Board of Education [ ja] operates 29 junior high schools in Setagaya.

They are: [8]

Former schools: [9]

  • Funabashi Junior High School (船橋中学校)
  • Ikejiri Junior High School (池尻中学校)
  • Kibogaoka Junior High School ( 希望丘中学校)
  • Wakabayashi Junior High School ( 若林中学校)
  • Yamazaki Junior High School (山崎中学校)

Municipal elementary schools

The Setagaya City Board of Education operates 61 elementary schools in Setagaya.

They are: [10]

  • Akazutsumi Elementary School ( 赤堤小学校)
  • Asahi Elementary School ( 旭小学校)
  • Chitose Elementary School ( 千歳小学校)
  • Chitosedai Elementary School (千歳台小学校)
  • Daita Elementary School (代田小学校)
  • Daizawa Elementary School ( 代沢小学校)
  • Fukasawa Elementary School (深沢小学校)
  • Funabashi Elementary School (船橋小学校)
  • Futako Tamagawa Elementary School ( 二子玉川小学校)
  • Hachimanyama Elementary School ( 八幡山小学校)
  • Higashi Fukasawa Elementary School ( 東深沢小学校)
  • Higashi Tamagawa Elementary School (東玉川小学校)
  • Kamikitazawa Elementary School (上北沢小学校)
  • Karasuyama Elementary School ( 烏山小学校)
  • Karasuyama Kita Elementary School ( 烏山北小学校)
  • Kibogaoka Elementary School (希望丘小学校)
  • Kinuta Elementary School ( 砧小学校)
  • Kinuta Minami Elementary School (砧南小学校)
  • Kitami Elementary School ( 喜多見小学校)
  • Komatsunagi Elementary School (駒繋小学校)
  • Komazawa Elementary School (駒沢小学校)
  • Kuhonbutsu Elementary School (九品仏小学校)
  • Kyodo Elementary School ( 経堂小学校)
  • Kyosai Elementary School ( 京西小学校)
  • Kyuden Elementary School ( 給田小学校)
  • Ikejiri Elementary School (池尻小学校)
  • Ikenoue Elementary School (池之上小学校)
  • Matsubara Elementary School ( 松原小学校)
  • Matsugaoka Elementary School (松丘小学校)
  • Matsuzawa Elementary School (松沢小学校)
  • Meisei Elementary School ( 明正小学校)
  • Mishuku Elementary School (三宿小学校)
  • Musashigaoka Elementary School ( 武蔵丘小学校)
  • Nakamachi Elementary School (中町小学校)
  • Nakamaru Elementary School (中丸小学校)
  • Nakazato Elementary School ( 中里小学校)
  • Okusawa Elementary School (奥沢小学校)
  • Oyamadai Elementary School ( 尾山台小学校)
  • Roka Elementary School ( 芦花小学校)
  • Sakura Elementary School (桜小学校)
  • Sakuragaoka Elementary School (桜丘小学校)
  • Sakuramachi Elementary School (桜町小学校)
  • Sangenjaya Elementary School (三軒茶屋小学校)
  • Sasahara Elementary School (笹原小学校)
  • Seta Elementary School (瀬田小学校)
  • Setagaya Elementary School (世田谷小学校)
  • Shimokitazawa Elementary School ( 下北沢小学校)
  • Shiroyama Elementary School (城山小学校)
  • Soshigaya Elementary School ( 祖師谷小学校)
  • Taishido Elementary School (太子堂小学校)
  • Tamagawa Elementary School ( 玉川小学校)
  • Tamazutsumi Elementary School ( 玉堤小学校)
  • Tamon Elementary School (多聞小学校)
  • Todoroki Elementary School ( 等々力小学校)
  • Tsukado Elementary School (塚戸小学校)
  • Tsurumaki Elementary School (弦巻小学校)
  • Wakabayashi Elementary School ( 若林小学校)
  • Yahata Elementary School ( 八幡小学校)
  • Yamazaki Elementary School ( 山崎小学校)
  • Yamano Elementary School ( 山野小学校)
  • Yoga Elementary School ( 用賀小学校)

Former schools: [9]

  • Hanamido Elementary School ( 花見堂小学校)
  • Higashi Ohara Elementary School (東大原小学校)
  • Kitazawa Elementary School (北沢小学校)
  • Moriyama Elementary School (守山小学校)

Private secondary schools

Private elementary schools

  • Denenchofufutaba Gakuen Elementary School
  • Kunimoto Elementary School
  • St. Dominic's Elementary School
  • Seijo Gakuen Elementary School
  • Showa Women's University Showa Elementary School
  • Tokyo City University Elementary School
  • Wako Elementary School

Special education schools

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Komyo Gakuen
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Kugayama Blind School
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Seicho Special Support School

International schools

Former international schools:

International relations

Sister cities

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

Diplomatic missions in Setagaya

Embassy of Tanzania in Kamiyōga, Setagaya

Notable people from Setagaya

See also


  1. ^ "Population by District". Tokyo Statistical Yearbook. Retrieved July 15, 2022.
  2. ^ 世田谷区公式ホームページ. Setagaya City Official Website. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  3. ^ 1964 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. Part 2. p. 74.
  4. ^ "Anti-nuclear plant candidate Hosaka wins Setagaya Ward mayoral race". Mainichi Shimbun. April 25, 2011. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "Death row: limbo of not knowing when". The Japan Times. February 27, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "Otaku harassed as sex-crimes fears mount". The Japan Times. February 6, 2005. Retrieved May 12, 2011.[ permanent dead link]
  7. ^ " Outlines Archived 2008-06-08 at the Wayback Machine". OLM, Inc. Retrieved on January 30, 2009.
  8. ^ "区立中学校一覧". Setagaya City. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  9. ^ a b "【学校】". Setagaya City. Archived from the original on October 5, 1999. Retrieved December 4, 2022.
  10. ^ "区立小学校一覧". Setagaya City. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  11. ^ " Facilities and Location Archived 2015-02-27 at the Wayback Machine." British School in Tokyo. Retrieved on March 8, 2015. "BST Shibuya Campus – (Nursery to Year 3) Address: 1–21–18 Shibuya Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0002" ( Map) and "BST Showa Campus – (Year 4 to Year 13) Address: Showa Women’s University 5th Bldg. 1–7–57 Taishido Setagaya-ku Tokyo 154-8533"
  12. ^ " |script-title=ja:ウリハッキョ一覧 |publisher= Chongryon |date=November 6, 2005 |access-date=October 15, 2015}}}} ([ Archive).

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