ABOUTWhat is Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City?
The solution-oriented town
In order to meet the challenges that Japan has been asked to take on for the future of the world, we have chosen three themes for community development.
The first theme is the “Environmental-Symbiotic City,” which is an environmentally friendly city. Then there is “A City of New Industry Creation” which develops new growth fields that will be the source of new vitality for Japan.
Finally, we have “A City of Health and Longevity” where people of all ages can enjoy a healthy and secure life. At Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City, we are leveraging tangible and intangible means—as well as our people's enthusiasm—in order to pursue optimal solutions in these fields and materialize our “New Vision for the Cities of Tomorrow.”
solution-oriented community development
the New Vision for the Cities of Tomorrow
people of all ages enjoy a healthy and secure life
new vitality for Japan
The framework for community development (promoted strategies)
The Kashiwa-no-ha International Campus Town Initiative was drafted in 2008 and implemented in 2014.
Based on three themes in community development, it presents eight goals, 27 policies, and priority measures.
- Kashiwa-no-ha International Campus Town
- ＝An international academic and research city/next-generation environmental city created through the public-private-academia partnership
- Goal 1
- To develop a garden city that exists in a symbiotic relationship with the environment
- Goal 2
- To cultivate a creative space for industry
- Goal 3
- To build an international academic/educational/cultural space
- Goal 4
- A sustainable transit/transport system
- Goal 5
- To create the Kashiwa-no-ha style that promotes health
- Goal 6
- To implement area management through public-private-academia partnerships
- Goal 7
- To design a high-quality urban space
- Goal 8
- An innovation field city
Community development through the public-private-academia partnership
The environment, energy, food, and health challenges that must be overcome are getting in the way of our future. Japan has encountered these obstacles earlier than the rest of the world. Therefore, it is perhaps our responsibility to solve these issues. With such a sense of mission, here at Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City, we have started to build a platform for solutions that is open to everybody based on the public-private-academia partnership. We continually work on this project so that the New Vision for the Cities of Tomorrow does not end up remaining an initiative. We hope that the city and the future of the city will herald this endeavor.
History of Kashiwa-no-ha
From the Edo to Meiji periodsMitsui paves the way to develop the land
The Shimosa Plateau, now home to Kashiwa-no-ha, was once a famous horse-breeding area. Throughout the Edo era (1603–1867), the horse paddocks were directly under the control of the Tokugawa Shogunate and Kashiwa-no-ha used to belong a paddock named Koganemaki. After the Meiji Restoration, the government removed the Koganemaki and promoted settlement and agriculture in that area. The central figure in that endeavor was Mitsui Hachiroemon Takayoshi, the eighth head of the Mitsui clan. He became president of a land reclamation company and supported the region by building schools and shrines along with other developments. Thereafter, Chiba Prefecture named each reclaimed property based on when their particular groups settled in them and numerical suffixes were added to the location names. Kashiwa City still retains some of that nomenclature; two examples of this include Toyoshiki, which means “fourth,” and Toyofuta which indicates “12 th .”
Showa EraA new page in history for Mitsui Fudosan and Kashiwa-no-ha
After the Korean War erupted, the United States Air Force (USAF) built a communications base on an area of 188 ha where the current campus of the University of Tokyo, Chiba University, and Chiba Prefecture's Kashiwa-no-ha Park are located. In 1961, the Japanese economy was booming, and Mitsui Fudosan opened the Kashiwa Golf Club. For 40 years until the club closed in 2001, numerous golfers loved to play at this prestigious facility. In 1979, when the USAF relinquished the entire property, the area made a fresh start as a new town.
Heisei EraNew towns launched after land readjustment
In 2001, Kashiwa City began its Land Readjustment Project, which was based on an urban-planning project at the 273 ha Kashiwa-no-ha property. In 2005, Tsukuba Express began operating and the Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station was subsequently built. Its convenient access ushered in a new period for Kashiwa-no-ha. In 2008, Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa City, the University of Tokyo, and Chiba University announced the Kashiwa-no-ha International Campus Town Initiative, spotlighting the area as a next-generation model city.
PresentPushing forward the second stage in community development
In 2014, there was the grand opening of Gate Square, a smart city complex featuring residential and urban facilities such as offices, hotels, and halls. Since the beginning of Gate Square, we started to work on developing the neighboring area in order to ensure Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City’s further evolution/growth by moving on to the second stage in community development. At the second stage, we will expand the smart city functions such as the cutting-edge smart grid, which is prominently set in Gate Square and into the entire city(about 3 million m 2 ). Additionally, we will develop bases to create next-generation life science industries through collaboration between public, private, and academic sectors in order to realize the “innovation campus initiative” in our community development efforts.
History of community development in Kashiwa-no-ha
The land readjustment project launched
2000Heisei 12The University of Tokyo Kashiwa-no-ha Campus opens
2001Heisei 13Mitsui Kashiwa Golf Club closes
2003Heisei 15Chiba University opens the Center for Environment,
Health, and Field Science
2005Heisei 17Tsukuba Express starts its operation
2006Heisei 18The Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha (UDCK) and
LaLaport Kashiwanoha open about 160 stores
The first stage – the beginning –
2008Heisei 20The International Campus Town Initiative drafted
2009Heisei 21Park City Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Ichibangai (977 units) completed
2011Heisei 23Designated as a Future City under the Comprehensive Special Zones System
2012Heisei 24Park City Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Nibangai (880 units) is completed
2014Heisei 26Gate Square, the by-the-station core, opens
The second stage (in progress)
2016Heisei 28Aqua Terrace is completed (regulating reservoir with improved quality);Awarded Japan’s first Platinum Certificate by LEED-ND;Park City Kashiwa-no-ha Campus and the Gate Tower East (349 units) are completed
2017Heisei 29Kashiwa-no-ha T-SITE, a commercial complex to propose a lifestyle, opens
2018Heisei 30Park City Kashiwa-no-ha Campus, The Gate Tower West (491 units) completed;the grand opening of Kakedashi Yokocho, a facility for crowds under the raised
2019Reiwa 1New Zealand’s “All Blacks” national rugby team held their training