Kita, Tokyo, Japan
Kita of Tokyo became the sister city of Xicheng District in 1993.
The name Kita, meaning “north”, reflects the location among the wards of Tokyo. To its north lie the cities of Kawaguchi and Toda in Saitama Prefecture. To the east, south and west lie other special wards: Adachi, Arakawa, Itabashi, Bunkyō, and Toshima. Rivers include the Arakawa River and the Sumida River. It covers an area of 20.59 square kilometers, which ranges 11 among the 23 districts. It has a population of 335,000, including 16,000 foreigners. Extending from the upland edge Musashino area to the low-lying terrain north of Tokyo, Kita has a unique terrain. Surrounded by the Arakawa River, Sumida River and other rivers, Kita is rich in natural water resources. Asukayama Park plants many cherry trees, and tree-lined river bank become the best place for people to relax. There are many precious cultural heritages in the park, such as the Kita City Asukayama Museum, the Shibusawa Memorial Museum, and the Paper Museum. The traffic of Kita is very convenient. There are 11 stations of suburban commuter trains in Kita, the number of which ranks No. 1 among the wards of Tokyo. And it also has subway and a tram, the only existing one in Tokyo.
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