Johoku area
Area Features
Metropolitan Expressway

Kita Ward and Itabashi Ward make up this northern section of Tokyo’s 23-ward area. It is adjacent to Saitama Prefecture across the Arakawa river.

Itabashi Ward is a major logistics hub, with the successive completion of Tokyo’s main arterial roads such as ring roads 6, 7, and 8, and the No. 5 line of the Metropolitan Expressway, and the construction of a truck terminal in Takashimadaira.

Manufacturing Industry Features
Itabashi Industrial Trade Fair

Taking advantage of the area’s proximity to the city center and sub-center area, a manufacturing industry that can immediately respond to market needs is growing.

Itabashi Ward has a large number of print-related businesses such as plate making, printing, and bookbinding companies, and precision machinery businesses. Notably, it accounts for about 20 percent of optical instrument and lens production in Tokyo. It ranks second in Tokyo in the number of manufacturing industry employees, and five in terms of shipment.

Kita Ward is the birthplace of Japan’s modern industry, and was a thriving site for spinning and paper manufacture-related companies. Now, it gathers companies related to clothing, paper products, and printing.

Support Facilities and Property Situation
Monodukuri Innovation Center

The Itabashi Ward Industrial Technology Support Center has opened a space for companies to use testing and measuring instruments in the Monodukuri Innovation Center, offering rental factory space to small manufacturers. It provides support for research and development of new products, and is also used as a place for technical consultations, industry-academia-government collaboration, and development of human resources.

In Kita Ward, a project for medical-engineering collaboration is underway to support local manufacturers in entering the medical device industry.

Basic Data
Kita, Itabashi
Population Number of establishments
in manufacturing business
Number of employees in
manufacturing business
Shipment value
(unit: ten million yen)
Added value
(unit: ten million yen)
Kita 348,030 644 8,839 19,973 8,587
Itabashi 561,713 1,197 16,133 39,135 15,280
total of this area 909,743 1,841 24,972 59,108 23,867
total of Tokyo 13,637,346 27,142 296,132 854,522 338,191

・Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, "Basic resident register", 2018/1/1
・Industry and Employment in TOKYO 2018, Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government