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Adachi-ku (足立区) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. Located slightly north of Tokyo’s central districts, the ward has a two parts, one part between the Arakawa and Shiba Rivers and one completely north of the rivers entirely. The current population of Adachi is estimated (as of April, 2008) to be 654,466.



The Adachi District has been active since the Heian era, when the Nishiarai Daishi Temple was established. In the Muromachi and Sengoku Periods, the Chiba Clan owned the land and in 1594, construction of the Great Senju Bridge finished. During the Tokugawa Shogunate, parts of the ward were controlled by the shogunate and parts by Kan’ei-ji, the temple currently located in Ueno.

Famous Citizens of Adachi

Adachi has been home to many famous Tokyo citizens including Atsuko Asano, Kaela Kimura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Tochiazuma Daisuke, Mayum Ogawa, and Kouta Hirano among many others.


Today, the Nishiarai Daishi, a Buzan temple of Shingon Buddhists is located still in Adachi and is considered a major temple in the Kanto region. It is a popular destination each year, especially on and just before New Year.

Adachi is also well known for its large variety of parks. Toneri Park is located on the east and west sides of Ogubashi Street with tennis courts, a sports stadium, and a baseball field in the west side and a bird sanctuary and small lake on the east side.

Another popular park in the area is Higashi Ayase Park, known for its Japanese garden and its own wide variety of sporting facilities and fields. The Urban Agriculture Park is located in Shikahama and is run by Adachi as a part of Kohoku Park. Located nearest the joint of the rivers Shiba and Arakawa, the park is a free park with multiple different kinds of foliage, a cycling road, and rest houses for urban dwellers to enjoy the outdoors.

Tokyo Budokan, which is located within the Higashi Ayase Metropolitan Park, is by the Tokyo Sports Benefits Corporation. The Budokan is home to martial arts arenas and training rooms for multiple formats and disciplines.

[[Theater 1010] is a well known cultural touchstone located in Adachi with a pun for a name. The number 1010 is a homonym of the location’s name, Senju. Another popular landmark in Adachi is the Adachi Historical Museum where various cultural and historical artifacts from Adachi’s long history are displayed. The Museum is located in Higashifuchi Park in Oyata.

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