Core city


Core city
Sapporo Hakodate Asahikawa Aomori Hachinohe Morioka Sendai Akita Yamagata Kōriyama Iwaki Mito Tsukuba Utsunomiya Maebashi Takasaki Isesaki Ōta Saitama Kawagoe Kumagaya Kawaguchi Tokorozawa Kasukabe Sōka Koshigaya Chiba Funabashi Kashiwa Yokohama Kawasaki Yokosuka Hiratsuka Odawara, Kanagawa Chigasaki Sagamihara Atsugi Yamato Niigata Nagaoka Jōetsu Toyama Kanazawa Fukui Kōfu Nagano Matsumoto Gifu Shizuoka Hamamatsu Numazu Fuji Nagoya Toyohashi Okazaki Ichinomiya Kasugai Toyota Tsu Yokkaich Ōtsu Kyoto Osaka Sakai Kishiwada Toyonaka Suita Takatsuki Hirakata Ibaraki Yao Neyagawa Higashiōsaka Kobe Himeji Amagasaki Akashi Nishinomiya Kakogawa Takarazuka Nara Wakayama Tottori Okayama Kurashiki Hiroshima Kure Fukuyama Shimonoseki Takamatsu Matsuyama Kōchi Kitakyūshū Fukuoka Kurume Nagasaki Sasebo Kumamoto Ōita Miyazaki Kagoshima
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Administrative divisions of Japan
Prefectural level
Prefectures
(都道府県 todōfuken)
Subprefectural level
Subprefectures
(支庁 shichō)


Districts
(郡 gun)

Municipal level
Designated cities
(政令指定都市 seirei-shitei-toshi)


Core cities
(中核市 chūkaku-shi)


Special cities
(特例市 tokurei-shi)


Cities
(市 shi)


Special wards (Tokyo)
(特別区 tokubetsu-ku)


Towns
(町 chō, machi)


Villages
(村 son, mura)

Sub-municipal level
Wards
(区 ku)

A core city (中核市 Chūkakushi?) is a class of Japanese city created by the first clause of Article 252, Section 22 of the Local Autonomy Law of Japan. Core cities are delegated many functions normally carried out by prefectural governments, but not as many as designated cities. To become a candidate for core city status, a city must satisfy the following condition:

  • A population greater than 300,000.

Application for designation is made by a city with the approval of both the city and prefectural assemblies.

Contents

List of core cities

As of 2009, 41 cities have been designated core cities:

Name Japanese Population (2010) Date of designation Region Prefecture
Flag of Akita, Akita.png Akita 秋田 323,363 1997-04-01 Tōhoku Akita
Flag of Amagasaki, Hyogo.png Amagasaki 尼崎 453,608 2009-04-01 Kansai Hyōgo
Flag of Aomori, Aomori.png Aomori 青森 299,429 2006-10-01 Tōhoku Aomori
Flag of Asahikawa, Hokkaido.png Asahikawa 旭川 347,275 2000-04-01 Hokkaidō Hokkaidō
Flag of Fukuyama, Hiroshima.png Fukuyama 福山 461,471 1998-04-01 Chūgoku Hiroshima
Flag of Funabashi, Chiba.png Funabashi 船橋 609,081 2003-04-01 Kantō Chiba
Flag of Gifu, Gifu.png Gifu 岐阜 413,239 1996-04-01 Chūbu Gifu
Flag of Hakodate, Hokkaido.svg Hakodate 函館 279,110 2005-10-01 Hokkaidō Hokkaidō
Flag of Higashiosaka, Osaka.png Higashiōsaka 東大阪 509,632 2005-04-01 Kansai Osaka
Flag of Himeji, Hyogo.png Himeji 姫路 536,338 1996-04-01 Kansai Hyōgo
Flag of Iwaki, Fukushima.svg Iwaki いわき 342,198 1999-04-01 Tōhoku Fukushima
Flag of Kagoshima, Kagoshima.png Kagoshima 鹿児島 605,940 1996-04-01 Kyushu Kagoshima
Flag of Kashiwa, Chiba.png Kashiwa 404,079 2008-04-01 Kantō Chiba
Flag of Kanazawa, Ishikawa.png Kanazawa 金沢 462,478 1996-04-01 Chūbu Ishikawa
Flag of Kawagoe, Saitama.png Kawagoe 川越 342,714 2003-04-01 Kantō Saitama
Flag of Kochi, Kochi.png Kōchi 高知 343,416 1998-04-01 Shikoku Kōchi
Flag of Koriyama, Fukushima.png Kōriyama 郡山 338,772 1997-04-01 Tōhoku Fukushima
Flag of Kumamoto, Kumamoto.png Kumamoto 熊本 734,294 1997-04-01 Kyushu Kumamoto
Flag of Kurashiki, Okayama.png Kurashiki 倉敷 475,421 2002-04-01 Chūgoku Okayama
Flag of Kurume, Fukuoka.png Kurume 久留米 302,323 2008-04-01 Kyushu Fukuoka
Flag of Maebashi, Gunma.png Maebashi 前橋 340,390 2009-04-01 Kantō Gunma
Flag of Matsuyama, Ehime.png Matsuyama 松山 517,088 2000-04-01 Shikoku Ehime
Flag of Miyazaki, Miyazaki.png Miyazaki 宮崎 400,352 1998-04-01 Kyushu Miyazaki
Flag of Morioka, Iwate.png Morioka 盛岡 298,572 2008-04-01 Tōhoku Iwate
Flag of Nagano, Nagano.png Nagano 長野 381,533 1999-04-01 Chūbu Nagano
Flag of Nagasaki City.png Nagasaki 長崎 443,469 1996-04-01 Kyushu Nagasaki
Flag of Nara, Nara.png Nara 奈良 366,528 2002-04-01 Kansai Nara
Flag of Nishinomiya, Hyogo.png Nishinomiya 西宮 482,790 2008-04-01 Kansai Hyōgo
Flag of Oita, Oita.png Ōita 大分 473,955 1997-04-01 Kyushu Ōita
Flag of Okazaki, Aichi.png Okazaki 岡崎 372,472 2003-04-01 Chūbu Aichi
Flag of Otsu, Shiga.png Ōtsu 大津 337,629 2009-04-01 Kansai Shiga
Flag of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi.png Shimonoseki 下関 280,987 2005-10-01 Chūgoku Yamaguchi
Flag of Takamatsu, Kagawa.png Takamatsu 高松 419,291 1999-04-01 Shikoku Kagawa
Flag of Takasaki, Gunma.png Takasaki 高崎 371,352 2011-04-01 Kantō Gunma
Flag of Takatsuki, Osaka.png Takatsuki 高槻 357,423 2003-04-01 Kansai Osaka
Flag of Toyama, Toyama.png Toyama 富山 421,890 2005-04-01 Chūbu Toyama
Flag of Toyohashi, Aichi.png Toyohashi 豊橋 376,861 1999-04-01 Chūbu Aichi
Flag of Toyota, Aichi.png Toyota 豊田 421,552 1998-04-01 Chūbu Aichi
Flag of Utsunomiya, Tochigi.png Utsunomiya 宇都宮 511,296 1996-04-01 Kantō Tochigi
Flag of Wakayama, Wakayama.png Wakayama 和歌山 369,400 1997-04-01 Kansai Wakayama
Flag of Yokosuka, Kanagawa.png Yokosuka 横須賀 418,448 2001-04-01 Kantō Kanagawa

Former core cities

Scheduled to become a core city

Cities that meet the requirements but have not yet been nominated

The following cities have populations greater than 300,000 but have not yet been nominated. (Cities planning to apply for core city status are not shown. ※Special Cities)

Cities that do not meet the requirements but are planning to nominate

Notes


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