Environment, energy, food, health—humankind has many problems it must overcome, and Japan is facing them a step ahead of the world. It is with this sense of mission that Kashiwa-no-ha is building a stage for solutions, with open platforms available to all based on partnerships between the public, private and academic sectors. Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City is making the global future a reality.
UDCK—The Public, Private and Academic Sectors in Partnership
The development of Kashiwa-no-ha is led by Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha (UDCK), a partnership between the public, private and academic sectors. Mitsui Fudosan is involved as the joint administrator.
Academia: The University of Tokyo, Chiba University
Public: Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa City
Private: Kashiwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tanaka Community Furusato Council, Metropolitan Intercity Railway, Mitsui Fudosan
For the future, for the globe, for the issues Japan has undertaken to solve, Kashiwa-no-ha's development is based on the following three themes.
New industry creation—Fostering growth industries that will instill Japan with new vitality.
Health and longevity- Providing secure and healthy living for people of all generations
Environmental harmony—Friendly to the Earth in every respect.
Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City pursues optimal solutions in these three areas, combining technologies and facilities, systems and services, and the warmth of the people who live and work there. By making it all a reality, the city creates a vision of the global future.
The city's development is oriented to creating new industries by attracting a cluster of universities, research institutions and business incubation centers. The city supports companies and entrepreneurs by being a place where diverse people gather and a community that gives rise to diverse partnerships.
KOIL is an innovation center where diverse people, from entrepreneurs to the general public, can gather and interact irrespective of occupation or position. Combining different forms of knowledge and various technologies and ideas makes it possible to create innovative new businesses, products and services.
KOIL Park (Shared Workspace for Members)
KOIL Park is a membership-based shared workspace where entrepreneurs, creators, engineers, and members of the general public, regardless of occupation or position, can gather, interact and form collaborative projects.
This digital manufacturing center equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters and other digital favrication devices enables users to quickly give tangible form to their ideas.
Kashiwa-no-ha International Village
Shared rental housing for international students and researchers. With a full lineup of facilities, the village provides comfortable living while fostering exchange among students and researchers from overseas. It functions as a new base for exchange that is open to the world, befitting Kashiwa-no-ha’s status as an international city for academic research.
Kashiwa-no-ha IoT Business Co-Creation Lab
The lab utilizes a field environment for IoT demonstrations built in the area along the Tsukuba Express Line, which includes the Kashiwa-no-ha Campus. Activities are conducted together with participating companies and organizations for the purpose of promoting more widespread use of IoT in Kashiwa City and the surrounding area and creating new business opportunities related to IoT.
This international business contest has been held since 2012 to strengthen university-driven ventures in Asia and create business in Asia that changes the world.
The city provides programs that promote autonomous health improvements and disease prevention through visualizing health data, promoting diet and exercise, and creating community connections. One of the aims is to reduce future social insurance costs.
ASHITA Community Health Research Lab
A participatory health promotion center where private-sector companies partner with The University of Tokyo. Focused on walking, talking and eating, the lab’s activities include providing health-related information and measuring health data.
Walking & Running Service
The Kashiwa-no-ha Walkable Design Guidelines have been created to make Kashiwa-no-ha as walkable a city as possible. Walking and running for good health is promoted through such initiatives as the creation of a running app that navigates users through multiple courses and the creation of a running station, a facility for runners to interact.
Kashiwa-no-ha makes possible forms of living and society that connect in with future generations through utilization of renewable energy, a cutting-edge smart grid, and area-wide use of ICT.
Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City promotes the optimization of energy use for the city as a whole. The AEMS area energy management system plays a key role in this. By expanding the area and enhancing functions through establishment of directly operated transmission lines, the aim is to develop a smart grid that supports living and innovation.
Recognized for progressive urban development through public-private-academia partnership and setting environmental performance standards at a certain level for new construction, in November 2016 Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City received a Platinum rating, the highest granted, from the LEED-ND (neighborhood development) rating system, an international environmental certification, becoming the first development in Japan to receive the top rating.
Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport KASHIWANOHA
The whole family can easily spend an entire day at this large-scale retail complex, with a wide range of shops, a movie theater, and a children's area, plus fitness and spa facilities.
A waterside space created by arranging a retention basin.
This terraced waterside space fronting a reservoir has a retail complex nearby, and neighboring residents come for walks as well, making it a popular new spot in Kashiwa-no-ha.
Park City Kashiwa-no-ha Campus
This large-scale condominium complex made up of Ichibangai, Nibangai and The Gate Tower features garden-like landscaping and a full lineup of shared facilities to support comfortable living across generations.
Kashiwanoha Kakedashi Yokocho
This commercial facility under the elevated Tsukuba Express rail line features small eating and drinking establishments modeled on outdoor food stalls, plus a Runners Station. It's a lively, bustling place where all sorts of people congregate.
KOIL(Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab)
KOIL is a business incubator on the Kashiwa-no-ha Campus. Designed to be conducive to innovation, the space is imbued with a fun and whimsical spirit. It's a place where diverse people gather, from entrepreneurs and students to neighboring residents.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kashiwa-no-ha
This hotel, located a two-minute walk from Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station, features natural hot springs bathing facilities. It can also easily be used for business trips and training sessions, with rooms available for longer stays, from one week to several months.
This collaboration between Mitsui Rehouse and Tully's Coffee is in an entirely new format for a commercial establishment. Drop in at any time and browse property listings while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Town Health Station
The Community Health Station on the third floor of LaLaport KASHIWANOHA North Building has medical facilities and a collection of shops focused on food, exercise and beauty. The entire floor is dedicated to health.
The second building in the KOIL series of business incubation center, companies gather here to create new industries. The building offers new possibilities in office formats and work styles for physical and mental balance.
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