Area around JR Tsudanuma Station



Location of Narashino in Chiba Prefecture


Coordinates: 35°40′49.4″N 140°01′35.4″E / 35.680389°N 140.026500°E / 35.680389; 140.026500Coordinates: 35°40′49.4″N 140°01′35.4″E / 35.680389°N 140.026500°E / 35.680389; 140.026500
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
  -Mayor Taisuke Miyamoto (since May 2011)
  Total 20.97 km2 (8.10 sq mi)
Population (December 1, 2015)
  Total 170,331
  Density 8,120/km2 (21,000/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Acacia
- Flower Hydrangea
Phone number 047-451-1151
Address 1-1 Saginuma, Narashino-shi, Chiba-ken 275-8601
Website Official website
Narashino City Hall

Narashino (習志野市 Narashino-shi) is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. [1][2] As of December 1, 2015, the city had an estimated population of 170,331 and a population density of 8,120 persons per km². The total area was 20.97 square kilometres (8.10 sq mi).


Narashino is located in far northwestern Chiba Prefecture, bordered by Tokyo Bay to the southwest.[3] The city is located on the Shimōsa Plateau and reclaimed land fill on Tokyo Bay.[2]

Surrounding municipalities

Chiba Prefecture


The area around Narashino has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Archaeologists have found shell middens and numerous other remains from Jomon period, as well as burial tumuli from the Kofun period. However, for most of its history, the area was a sparsely populated wetland and swamp along the northern shore of Edo Bay.

After the Meiji Restoration, Tsudanuma (津田沼村 Tsudanuma-mura) was founded within Chiba District on April 1, 1889 on the merger of five small hamlets with a total population of 4500 people. The area only began to develop with the coming of the railway, and Tsudanuma was raised to town status on March 3, 1903, with a population of 6,000.

The Narashino area of Tsudanuma was used for cavalry maneuvers by the Imperial Guard and the early Imperial Japanese Army, and was visited by the Meiji Emperor early in the Meiji period (1868 1912).[4][2] A prisoner of war camp was built in 1904 to house POWs from the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 and World War I. The Imperial Japanese Army Narashino School was the main training school for cavalry, and later for tank warfare.[1]

On August 1, 1954, Tsudanuma merged with a portion of the neighboring city of Chiba (the former town of Makuhari) to form the new city of Narashino. [4]


Narashino is a regional commercial center and a bedroom community for nearby Chiba and Tokyo. The coastal area, mostly on reclaimed land is part of the Keiyō Industrial Zone and is home to much heavy industry, especially related to chemical processing.





Notable places

Sister city relations

Noted people from Narashino


  1. 1 2 "Narashino". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  2. 1 2 3 "習志野(市)" [Narashino]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  3. 1 2 "習志野" [Narashino]. Dijitaru Daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  4. 1 2 "習志野" [Narashino]. Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  5. "Interactive City Directory". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
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