Warabi, Saitama

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Warabi City Hall
Warabi City Hall
Flag of Warabi
Official seal of Warabi
Location of Warabi in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Warabi in Saitama Prefecture
Warabi is located in Japan
Location of Warabi in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°49′32.1″N 139°40′47″E / 35.825583°N 139.67972°E / 35.825583; 139.67972Coordinates: 35°49′32.1″N 139°40′47″E / 35.825583°N 139.67972°E / 35.825583; 139.67972
PrefectureSaitama Prefecture
 • MayorHideo Yoritaka
 • Total5.11 km2 (1.97 sq mi)
 (February 2016)
 • Total72,562
 • Density14,200/km2 (37,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeZelkova serrata
- FlowerRhododendron indicum
Phone number048-432-3200
Address5-14-15 Chuo, Warabi-shi, Saitama-ken 335-8501

Warabi (蕨市, Warabi-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 72,564, and a population density of 14,200 persons per km². Its total area is 5.11 square kilometres (1.97 sq mi).


Located in far eastern Saitama Prefecture, Warabi has the smallest area of any municipality in Japan, and highest population density outside of the special wards of Tokyo. The city is mostly flatland, with an average elevation of 4.8 meters above sea level.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


Warabi developed from the Muromachi period as Warabi-shuku, a post town on the Nakasendō highway. It was created as a modern town with the establishment of the municipalities system on 1 April 1889 and was elevated to city status on 1 April 1959.

The village of Yoshikawa was created within Kitakatsushika District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was raised to town status on November 1, 1915. On March 1, 1955, Yoshikawa annexed the neighboring villages of Asahi and Miwanoe. The population began to rapidly increase in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and Yoshikawa was elevated to city status on April 1, 1996. Discussions to merge with neighboring Hatogaya and Kawaguchi were held from 2002 – 2004.

Politics and government[edit]

The directly-elected executive mayor is Hideo Yoritaka, a member of the Japanese Communist Party. The legislative city assembly has 18 elected members.



The economy of Warabistan is an eclectic mix of Indian/Nepalese restaurants (11 at the last count and rising), convenience stores (12 and counting) and numerous dodgy businesses in Warabi slum, oh not forgetting Koko Ichi. In modern times "Supermarket wars" are afoot, with Life and Yaoko (amongst others) squeezing the margins they pay to local farmers for their produce.


High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Warabi Municipal No. 1 Junior High School
  • Warabi Municipal No. 2 Junior High School
  • Warabi Municipal Higashi Junior High School

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Warabi Municipal Chūō Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Chūō-Higashi Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Nishi Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Higashi Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Tsukagoshi Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Kita Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Minami Elementary School




Sister city relations[edit]

Noted people from Warabi[edit]


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