Akishima is a city located in the western end of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 112,521 and a population density of 6,490 persons per Square kilometer. The total area was 17.33 Square kilometers. Akishima is in the foothills of the Okutama Mountains of western Tokyo, along the bank of the Tama River. The area of present day Akishima was part of ancient Musashi Province, and a center for silkworm production. The in post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Kitatama District, Kanagawa Prefecture. Haiji, Nakagami and Sotoyatsu villages were created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of municipalities law. The entire district was transferred to the control of Tokyo Metropolis on Apruk 1, 1893. The latter two villages merged on January 1, 1928 to form Shwa Village.