Tama, Tokyo


Tama City Hall



Location of Tama in Tokyo


Coordinates: 35°38′13″N 139°26′46.6″E / 35.63694°N 139.446278°E / 35.63694; 139.446278Coordinates: 35°38′13″N 139°26′46.6″E / 35.63694°N 139.446278°E / 35.63694; 139.446278
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
  Total 21.01 km2 (8.11 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
  Total 147,953
  Density 7,040/km2 (18,200/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
• Tree [Ginkgo biloba]]
• Flower Prunus serrulata
• Bird Oriental turtle dove
Phone number 042-375-8111
Address 6-12-1 Sekido, Tama-shi, Tokyo 206-8666
Website www.city.tama.lg.jp
View of Tama River and Seiseki Sakuragaoka
Tama-Center Station and its surroundings, May 2013

Tama (多摩市 Tama-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 147,953 and a population density of 7040 persons per km². Its total area was 21.01 square kilometres (8.11 sq mi).


Tama is located in the foothills of the Okutama Mountains of southwestern Tokyo, known as Tama Hills, which spans Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. The entire region is historically referred to as Tama; therefore there are many place names scattered throughout the area with references to the name "Tama" which are not within the city limits. The Tama River marks the city's northern boundary, and Kanagawa Prefecture is to the south. Its southern half forms part of the Tama New Town project, Japan's largest residential development, constructed in the 1970s.

Surrounding municipalities


The area of present-day Tama was part of ancient Musashi Province. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Minamitama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. The village of Tama was created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of municipalities law. Minamitama District was transferred to the administrative control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. Tama was elevated to town status on April 1, 1964. Construction of Tama New Town began in 1966, and the first occupants started moving in 1971. On November 1, 1971, Tama Town was reclassified as Tama City, dissolving Minamitama District. Tama was the last town in the former Minamitama District


Several companies have their headquarters in the city:


Universities and colleges

Elementary and secondary schools




Tama is not served by any national expressways or national highways

Military facilities

Local attractions

Sister cities


  1. "Company Information." Mitsumi Electric Retrieved on June 16, 2015.
  2. "Corporate Outline." JUKI Retrieved on August 4, 2015.
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