Special ward
Bunkyō City

Tokyo Dome


Location of Bunkyō in Tokyo

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°43′N 139°45′E / 35.717°N 139.750°E / 35.717; 139.750Coordinates: 35°43′N 139°45′E / 35.717°N 139.750°E / 35.717; 139.750
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
  Mayor Hironobu Narisawa
  Total 11.29 km2 (4.36 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
  Total 217,743
  Density 19,290/km2 (50,000/sq mi)
  Tree Ginkgo biloba
  Flower Azalea
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address Kasuga 1-16-21, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Website www.city.bunkyo.lg.jp

Bunkyō (文京区 Bunkyō-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. Situated in the middle of the ward area, Bunkyō is a residential and educational center. Beginning in the Meiji period, literati like Natsume Sōseki, as well as scholars and politicians have lived there. Bunkyō is home to the Tokyo Dome, judo's Kodokan, and the University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus). The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is Bunkyō City. Bunkyō has a sister-city relationship with Kaiserslautern in the Rhineland-Palatinate of Germany.[1]

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has a population of 217,743 (including about 6,500 foreign residents) and a population density of 19,290 persons per km². The total area is 11.29 km².

The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.

Aerial view of Bunkyo


There are approximately twenty neighbourhoods in the area and these are as follows:

  • Hakusan
  • Hongō
  • Hon-komagome
  • Kasuga
  • Kohinata
  • Koishikawa
  • Kōraku
  • Mejirodai
  • Mukōgaoka
  • Nezu
  • Nishikata
  • Otowa
  • Ōtsuka
  • Sekiguchi
  • Sendagi
  • Sengoku
  • Suidō
  • Yayoi
  • Yushima

Politics and government

Bunkyo is governed by mayor Hironobu Narisawa, an independent supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito.[2] The city council has 34 elected members.[3]


The publishing company Kodansha has its headquarters in the ward,[4] and Kodansha International has its headquarters in the Otowa YK Building in the ward.[5] The drugstore chain Tomod's has its headquarters in the ward.[6] Penta-Ocean, the construction firm specializing in marine works and land reclamation also has its headquarters in Bunkyo.[7]




Universities and colleges


Akamon gate at the University of Tokyo


Hosuinomori at Toyo University

Primary and secondary schools

Public elementary and junior high schools are operated by Bunkyo council. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

The metropolis operates the Koishikawa Secondary Education School.[13]

The metropolis operates the Bunkyo School for the Blind.[14]


Train stations

Toei subway lines

Tokyo Metro subway lines


Shuto Expressway


  1. Bunkyo Academy Foundation. "Bunkyo Academy International exchanges". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  2. SNS-FreeJapan (16 April 2011). "文京区候補者情報一覧 東京都統一地方選挙・候補者紹介サイト". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  3. Bunkyo City Government Office. "Bunkyo city Plot of city council.". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  4. "Company Overview." Kodansha. Retrieved on April 5, 2011. "Address: 12-21, Otowa 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8001, Japan"
  5. "Corporate Profile" Kodansha. Retrieved on April 1, 2011. "Address Otowa YK Building 1-17-14 Otowa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8652" map
  6. "Company Profile." Tomod's. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  7. "Corporate Data." Penta-Ocean. Retrieved on March 23, 2014.
  8. "55. Museum Review: Hatoyama Kaikan (Bunkyo-ku)," November 18, 2008.
  9. 東京都立工芸高等学校. "東京都立工芸高等学校". Kogei-h.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  10. "東京都立小石川高等学校・東京都立小石川中等教育学校". Koishikawa-h.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  11. http://www.mukogaoka-h.metro.tokyo.jp/
  12. "竹早高校 ウェブページ". Takehaya-h.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  13. http://www.bunkyo-chuko-j.metro.tokyo.jp/
  14. "東京都立文京盲学校のホームページ". Bunkyo-sb.metro.tokyo.jp. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
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