Table 4: Progression of Municipalities in Japan, 1883–2010 (selected years).

DateTotalCitiesTownsVillagesDesignated CitiesCore CitiesSpecial Case CitiesOrdinary Cities

Dec 31, 188371,497
Dec 31, 188915,8593939
Dec 31, 190812,448611,16711,22061
Dec 1, 194011,4981781,7069,614178
Oct 1, 194510,5202051,7978,518205
Jan 1, 19519,8682521,8918,226252
Sept 1, 19563,9754981,8701,5745493
April 1, 19663,3725602,0118016554
April 1, 19963,2326661,9905761212642
Nov 1, 20003,2296711,991567122710622
April 1, 20013,2266721,987567122830602
April 1, 20033,1906771,961552133539590
April 1, 20043,1006951,872533133540607
April 1, 20052,3957391,317339143540650
April 1, 20061,820779844197153640688
April 1, 20081,788783812193173943684
April 1, 20091,777783802192184141683
April 1, 20101,727786757184194041686
Sept 6, 20101,727786757184194041686

Sources: [72, 106, 107].
Notes: (k)For some reason, the 23 Ku of Tokyo have never been included in the government’s municipal count.
—  or blank represents not defined at the time.