Nakano (中野区 Nakano-ku?) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. In English, it calls itself Nakano City. As of April 1, 2011, the ward has an estimated population of 311,690, with 176,936 households and a population density of 19,992.94 persons per km². The total area is 15.59 km².
Five special wards surround Nakano: Shinjuku, Suginami, Nerima, Shibuya, and Toshima. It lies just west of the bustling Shinjuku area. Rivers include the Kanda, Myosho-ji and Zenpuku-ji Rivers, and the Aratama Waterway. The ward was founded on October 1, 1932 when the towns of Nogata and Nakano were absorbed into the former Tokyo City as Nakano Ward. The present administration dates from March 15, 1947 when the Allied occupation reformed the administration of Tokyo-to.