Sumida, Tokyo

Sumida (墨田区, Sumida-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is Sumida City.


Sumida City
From left, Sumida City Office, Tokyo Skytree, and Asahi Breweries headquarters
From left, Sumida City Office, Tokyo Skytree, and Asahi Breweries headquarters
Flag of Sumida
Official seal of Sumida
Location of Sumida in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Sumida in Tokyo Metropolis
Sumida is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°42′N 139°49′E / 35.700°N 139.817°E / 35.700; 139.817Coordinates: 35°42′N 139°49′E / 35.700°N 139.817°E / 35.700; 139.817
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
 • MayorTōru Yamamoto
 • Total13.77 km2 (5.32 sq mi)
 (May 1, 2015)
 • Total257,300
 • Density18,690/km2 (48,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address1-23-20 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
TreeCherry blossom

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 257,300, and a population density of 18,690 persons per km². The total area is 13.77 km².

Its City Office is located in Azumabashi, but its commercial centre is the area around Kinshicho Station in the south.


Sumida is in the northeastern part of the mainland portion of Tokyo. The Sumida and Arakawa are the major rivers, and form parts of its boundaries. Its neighbors are all special wards: Adachi to the north; Arakawa to the northwest; Katsushika to the east; Edogawa to the southeast; Taitō to the west; Chūō to the southwest; and Kōtō to the south.


View of Sumida River from Ryogoku Bridge
Ryogoku Sumo Arena


  • In the north (the former Mukojima Ward): Sumida, Tsutsumi-dori, Higashi Sumida, Yahiro, Mukojima, Higashi Mukojima, Tachibana, Bunka, Kyojima, Oshiage
  • In the center (former Honjo Ward): Azuma-bashi, Higashi Komagata, Honjo, Narihira, Yokokawa
  • In the south (former Honjo Ward): Yokoami, Ryogoku, Chitose, Ishiwara, Kamezawa, Midori, Tatekawa, Kikukawa, Taihei, Kinshi, Koto-bashi


The ward was founded on March 15, 1947. It was previously the (ordinary) wards Honjo and Mukojima. Mukojima, formed in 1932, contained the former town of Sumida, which along with the river gave the ward its name.



As of 2005, the mayor is Noboru Yamazaki. The council consists of 34 members.


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Public elementary and middle schools are operated by Sumida.

Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

  • Honjo High School[2]
  • Mukojima Commercial High School[3]
  • Mukojima Technical High School[4]
  • Ryogoku High School[5]
  • Sumidagawa High School[6]
  • Tachibana High School[7]

In addition, the metropolitan school district also operates a metropolitan junior high school:

  • Ryogoku Junior High School[8]

International schools:

International relationsEdit

Sumida maintains sister-city relationships with Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea, and with Shijingshan District, Beijing, China.

Works set in SumidaEdit


  1. ^ Bolstad, Max. Asahi Beer Hall. Tokyo Architecture Review, 1998. Accessed 23 December 2009.
  2. ^ Tokyo Metropolitan Honjo Senior High School (in Japanese)
  3. ^ Tōkyō Toritsu Mukōjima Shōgyō Kōtōgakkō Archived 2007-11-01 at the Wayback Machine (Tokyo Metropolitan Mukojima Commercial Senior High School Homepage) (in Japanese)
  4. ^ Mukojima Technical High School Archived 2007-10-31 at the Wayback Machine (in Japanese)
  5. ^ Tōkyō Toritsu Ryōkoku Kōtōgakkō Web Site (Tokyo Metropolitan Ryōkoku Senior High School Web Site) (in Japanese)
  6. ^ Sumidagawa SHS (in Japanese)
  7. ^ Metropolitan Tokyo Tachibana High School (in Japanese); Tachibana High School
  8. ^ Tokyo Metropolitan Ryogoku Junior High School (in Japanese)
  9. ^ ウリハッキョ一覧. Chongryon. Retrieved October 14, 2015. (Archive).

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