Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City

About Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City

This City’s Development Linked to the Global Future

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

    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


Three Themes for the Global Future

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.

New industry creation

Fostering growth industries that will instill Japan with new vitality

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(Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab)

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 (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.

  • KOIL Factory

    KOIL Factory

    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

    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

    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.

  • Entrepreneurship Awards

    Entrepreneurship Awards

    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.

Health and longevity

Providing secure and healthy living for people of all generations

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

    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

    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.

Environmental harmony

People- and Earth-Friendly, and Disaster-Resilient

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.

AEMS System for Visualizing Energy for the City Overall

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.

LEED Certification

LEED Certification

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.