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Chūkyō Metropolitan Area

Chūkyō Metropolitan Area

Template:Country data Japan

Largest City Nagoya
 • Metro 6,380 km2 (2,463 sq mi)
Population (Population Census of Japan 2000)[1]
 • Metro 8,739,000
 • Metro density 1,370/km2 (3,548/sq mi)

Chūkyō (中京圏 Chūkyō-ken?), sometimes called the Chūkyō region (中京地方 Chūkyō-chihō), is the name of a major metropolitan area in Japan that is centered on the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture. The area makes up the most urban part of the Tōkai region. The population (as of 2000) of 8,739,000 over an area of 6,380 square kilometers.

It is among the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the world and is Japan's third most populous metropolitan area after the Greater Tokyo Area and Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, containing roughly 7% of Japan's population. Historically, this region has taken a back seat to the other two power centers, both politically and economically; however, its economic importance has been growing steadily, and its GDP per capita is among the highest in Japan.


The metropolitan area stretches beyond the central city of Nagoya to other municipalities in Aichi Prefecture, as well as neighboring Gifu and Mie prefectures.

Aichi Prefecture

Western Aichi Prefecture
Eastern Aichi Prefecture

Gifu Prefecture

Mie Prefecture


Major airports

Major railways

There are at least 38 passenger train lines in the Greater Nagoya area. JR runs six, Nagoya Subway seven, Meitetsu 18, Kintetsu four, and five other operators one each.

Major intercity highways

See also


  1. ^ Statistics Bureau of Japan

The area defined by the Chukyo Area Person-Trip Survey, a study of commuter movement, is slightly different from the census definition. It includes southern Aichi and areas immediately north of Gifu City. It adds two cities in Aichi Prefecture (Tahara and Toyohashi) and two cities in Gifu Prefecture (Mino and Seki). Additionally, it excludes two cities in Gifu Prefecture (Ena and Nakatsugawa).