Characteristics of Kita-Ku
One of the characteristics of Kita-Ku is historic city of arts and culture.
[The city of Culture and Industry”]…… Because of a location close to Japan’s highest school, Tokyo University and Tokyo University of the Arts, many cultural figures and researchers lived in Kita-ku.
The atromsphere at that time was like Greenwich Village in Japan! For example; Ryunosuke Akutagawa spent a lot of time of his live in Kita-ku. Sanjugo Naoki stayed at a boarding house in Tabata while he was a student. They are, of course, famous writers and Akutagawa Prize and Naoki Prize, the most famous literary Award in Japan, are named after them.
You can visit and know what the city was like at that time at the Tabata Memorial Museum of Writers.
Other examples of cultural figures related to Kita-Ku are;
– Tenshin Okakura who contributed to the establishment of Tokyo University of the Arts,
– Yamamoto Kanae who deserves to be called the starting point of contemporary Japanese prints,
– Suiho Tagawa, the author of “Norakuro”, who created the Japanese manga world, and
– Hiroshige Utagawa, one of the Japan’s three great Ukiyo-e-artists, who has create many works on the theme of Asukayama and the legend of Oji throughout his life.
Moreover, Shinobu Kochou, the popular character of “ Kimetsu no Yaiba”, is from Takinogawa, Kita-Ku, and the important scene of Makoto Shinkai’s “Weathering with You” is also set in Tabata, Kita-Ku.
From the Edo period to the present day, Kita-Ku is known as a place of Japanese culture and art.
In addition, Kita-Ku is not only the culture and art aspect but also other aspects.
Eiichi Shibusawa, whose portrait will be printed on Japan’s highest-value banknote10,000 yen from 2024, has a close relationship with Kita-Ku.
Asukayama Park also has a memorial hall due to his great contribution to the development of Japanese industry.
This map allows you to imagine your safe and secure life in Japan.
Please feel free to download and print it here.
This is the climate of Kita-Ku, Tokyo.
It is hot and has a lot of rain in summer.
It is cold and dry in winter, which is a typical Eastern Japan-style Pacific climate.
Due to the difference in temperature, the transition of the four seasons can be felt clearly.
Annual average temperature 16.8℃
Annual lowest temperature -4.0℃（January）
Annual highest temperature 39.0℃（July）