Special wards of Tokyo

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Special wards of Tokyo
東京特別区
Coordinates: 35°41′00″N 139°46′00″E / 35.6833°N 139.7667°E / 35.6833; 139.7667Coordinates: 35°41′00″N 139°46′00″E / 35.6833°N 139.7667°E / 35.6833; 139.7667
Country Japan
Island Honshū
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
Area
 • 23 special wards 622 km2 (240.1 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2009)
 • 23 special wards 8,742,995
 • Density 14,061/km2 (36,418/sq mi)

Special wards of Tokyo (特別区 tokubetsu-ku?) are one of the basic local entities of Japan.[1] There are 23 municipalities in the core of the capital of Japan.[2] They are "special wards" because they are different from the wards ( ku?) of other major Japanese cities.[3]

History[change | edit source]

In 1889, 15 wards were established in the city of Tokyo. The number of wards grew to 35 in 1932. The number of wards became 23 in 1947.

The traditional districts of Tokyo evolved as the city grew during the Edo period. There are many districts in Tokyo's special wards.

List of special wards[change | edit source]

Name Kanji Population
(2007)
Density
(/km²)
Area
(km²)
Major districts
Flag of Adachi, Tokyo.svg Adachi[4] 足立区 629,392 11,830.68 53.20 Ayase, Kitasenju, Takenotsuka
Flag of Arakawa, Tokyo.svg Arakawa[5] 荒川区 194,777 18,262.25 10.20 Arakawa, Machiya, Nippori, Minamisenju
Flag of Bunkyo, Tokyo.svg Bunkyō[6] 文京区 194,933 16,009.28 11.31 Hongō, Yayoi, Hakusan
Flag of Chiyoda, Tokyo.svg Chiyoda[7] 千代田区 43,802 3,763.06 11.64 Nagatachō, Kasumigaseki, Ōtemachi, Marunouchi, Akihabara, Yūrakuchō, Iidabashi
Flag of Chuo, Tokyo.svg Chūō[8] 中央区 104,997 10,344.53 10.15 Nihonbashi, Kayabachō, Ginza, Tsukiji, Hatchōbori, Shinkawa, Tsukishima, Kachidoki, Tsukuda,
Flag of Edogawa, Tokyo.svg Edogawa[9] 江戸川区 661,386 13,264.86 49.86 Kasai, Koiwa
Flag of Itabashi, Tokyo.svg Itabashi[10] 板橋区 529,059 16,445.72 32.17 Itabashi, Takashimadaira
Flag of Katsushika-ku, Tokyo.svg Katsushika[11] 葛飾区 428,066 12,286.62 34.84 Tateishi, Aoto
Flag of Kita, Tokyo.svg Kita[12] 北区 330,646 15,885.67 20.59 Akabane, Ōji, Tabata
Flag of Koto, Tokyo.svg Kōtō[13] 江東区 436,337 10,963.24 39.8 Kiba, Ariake, Kameido, Tōyōchō, Monzennakachō, Fukagawa, Kiyosumi, Shirakawa, Etchūjima, Sunamachi, Aomi
Flag of Meguro, Tokyo.svg Meguro[14] 目黒区 267,798 18,217.55 14.70 Meguro, Nakameguro, Jiyugaoka
Flag of Minato, Tokyo.svg Minato[15] 港区 205,196 10,088.30 20.34 Odaiba, Shinbashi, Shinagawa, Roppongi, Toranomon, Aoyama, Azabu, Hamamatsuchō, Tamachi
Flag of Nakano, Tokyo.svg Nakano[16] 中野区 312,939 20,097.82 15.59 Nakano
Flag of Nerima, Tokyo.svg Nerima[17] 練馬区 702,202 14,580.61 48.16 Nerima, Ōizumi, Hikarigaoka
Flag of Ota, Tokyo.svg OtaŌta[18] 大田区 674,590 11,345.27 59.46 Ōmori, Kamata, Haneda, Den-en-chōfu
Flag of Setagaya, Tokyo.svg Setagaya[19] 世田谷区 855,416 14,728.23 58.08 Setagaya, Kitazawa, Kinuta, Karasuyama, Tamagawa
Flag of Shibuya, Tokyo.svg Shibuya[20] 渋谷区 205,512 13,337.13 15.11 Shibuya, Ebisu, Harajuku, Hiroo, Sendagaya, Yoyogi
Flag of Shinagawa, Tokyo.svg Shinagawa[21] 品川区 353,887 15,576.01 22.72 Shinagawa, Gotanda, Ōsaki, Hatanodai, Ōimachi
Flag of Shinjuku, Tokyo.svg Shinjuku[22] 新宿区 309,463 16,975.48 18.23 Shinjuku, Takadanobaba, Ōkubo, Kagurazaka, Ichigaya
Flag of Suginami, Tokyo.svg Suginami[23] 杉並区 534,981 15,725.49 34.02 Kōenji, Asagaya, Ogikubo
Flag of Sumida, Tokyo.svg Sumida[24] 墨田区 237,433 16,079.49 13.75 Kinshichō, Morishita, Ryōgoku
Flag of Taito, Tokyo.svg Taitō[25] 台東区 168,277 16,139.38 10.08 Ueno, Asakusa
Flag of Toshima, Tokyo.svg Toshima[26] 豊島区 256,009 19,428.44 13.01 Ikebukuro, Komagome, Senkawa, Sugamo
Overall 8,637,098 13,890.25 621.81

History of wards[change | edit source]

1889 - 1920
(15 wards)
1920 - 1932
(15 wards)
1932 - 1936
(35 wards)
1936 - 1947
(35 wards)
23 special wards
of Tokyo Metropolis
Kojimachi Chiyoda[27]
Kanda
Nihonbashi Chūō[28]
Kyobashi
Shiba Minato[29]
Azabu
Akasaka
Yotsuya Yotsuya Shinjuku[30]
Naito-shinjuku Town, Toyotama District
Ushigome
Yodobashi town, Toyotama District Yodobashi
Okubo Town, Toyotama District
Totsuka Town, Toyotama District
Ochiai Town, Toyotama District
Koishikawa Bunkyō[31]
Hongo
Shitaya Taitō[32]
Asakusa
Honjo Sumida[33]
Terashima Town, Minami-Katsushika District Mukojima
Azuma Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Sumida Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Fukagawa Kōtō[34]
Kameido Town, Minami-Katsushika District Joto
Ojima Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Suna Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Shinagawa Town, Ebara District Shinagawa[35] Shinagawa[35]
Oi Town, Ebara District
Osaki Town, Ebara District
Ebara Town, Ebara District Ebara
Meguro Town, Ebara District Meguro[36]
Hibusuma Town, Ebara District
Omori Town, Ebara District Ōmori Ōta[37]
Iriarai Town, Ebara District
Magome Town, Ebara District
Ikegami Town, Ebara District
Higashi-Chofu Town, Ebara District
Kamata Town, Ebara District Kamata
Yaguchi Town, Ebara District
Rokugo Town, Ebara District
Haneda Town, Ebara District
Setagaya Town, Ebara District Setagaya[38] Setagaya[38]
Komazawa Town, Ebara District
Matsuzawa Village, Ebara District
Tamagawa Village, Ebara District
Kinuta Village, Kita-Tama District
Chitose Village, Kita-Tama District
Shibuya Town, Toyotama District Shibuya[39]
Sendagaya Town, Toyotama District
Yoyohata Town, Toyotama District
Nakano Town, Toyotama District Nakano[40]
Nogata Town, Toyotama District
Suginami Town, Toyotama District Suginami[41]
Wadabori Town, Toyotama District
Iogi Town, Toyotama District
Takaido Town, Toyotama District
Sugamo Town, Kita-Toshima District Toshima[42]
Nishi-Sugamo Town, Kita-Toshima District
Nagasaki Town, Kita-Toshima District
Takada Town, Kita-Toshima District
Takinogawa Town, Kita-Toshima District Takinogawa Kita[43]
Ouji Town, Kita-Toshima District Oji
Iwabuchi Town, Kita-Toshima District
Minami-Senju Town, Kita-Toshima District Arakawa[44]
Mikawashima Town, Kita-Toshima District
Nippori Town, Kita-Toshima District
Ogu Town, Kita-Toshima District
Itabashi Town, Kita-Toshima District Itabashi[45] Itabashi[45]
Kami-Itabashi Village, Kita-Toshima District
Shimura Village, Kita-Toshima District
Akatsuka Village, Kita-Toshima District
Nerima Town, Kita-Toshima District Nerima[46]
Kami-Nerima Village, Kita-Toshima District
Nakaarai Village, Kita-Toshima District
Shakujii Village, Kita-Toshima District
Oizumi Village, Kita-Toshima District
Senju Town, Minami-Adachi District Adachi[47]
Umejima Town, Minami-Adachi District
Nishiarai Town, Minami-Adachi District
Kohoku Village, Minami-Adachi District
Toneri Village, Minami-Adachi District
Ikou Village, Minami-Adachi District
Fuchie Village, Minami-Adachi District
Higashi-Fuchie Village, Minami-Adachi District
Hanahata Village, Minami-Adachi District
Ayase Village, Minami-Adachi District
Honden Town, Minami-Katsushika District Katsushika[48]
Okudo Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Minami-Ayase Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Kameao Village, Minami-Katsushika District
Niijuku Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Kanamachi Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Mizumoto Village, Minami-Katsushika District
Komatsugawa Town, Minami-Katsushika District Edogawa[49]
Matsue Village, Minami-Katsushika District
Mizue Village, Minami-Katsushika District
Kasai Village, Minami-Katsushika District
Shikamoto Village, Minami-Katsushika District
Shinozaki Village, Minami-Katsushika District
Koiwa Town, Minami-Katsushika District

Related pages[change | edit source]

Administrative divisions of Japan
National

Sub-national
Local

References[change | edit source]

  1. Web-Japan.org, "Local self-government," p. 1; retrieved 2012-12-19.
  2. Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), "Municipalities within Tokyo"; retrieved 2012-3-26.
  3. The special wards are not the same as the special cities of Japan.
  4. Adachi website; retrieved 2012-3-26.
  5. Arakawa website; retrieved 2012-3-26.
  6. Bunkyō website; retrieved 2012-3-26.
  7. Chiyoda website; retrieved 2012-3-26.
  8. Chūō website; retrieved 2012-3-26.
  9. Edogawa website (Japanese); retrieved 2012-3-26.
  10. Itabashi website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  11. Katsushika website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  12. Kita website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  13. Kōtō website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  14. Meguro website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  15. Minato website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  16. Nakano website (Japanese); retrieved 2012-3-27.
  17. Nerima website (Japanese); retrieved 2012-3-27.
  18. Ōta website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  19. Setagaya website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  20. Shibuya website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  21. Shinagawa website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  22. Shinjuku website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  23. Suginami website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  24. Sumida website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  25. Taitō website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  26. Toshima website (Japanese); retrieved 2012-3-27.
  27. Chiyoda website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  28. Chūō website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  29. Minato website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  30. Shinjuku website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  31. Bunkyō website; retrieved 2012-3-26.
  32. Taitō website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  33. Sumida website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  34. Kōtō website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  35. 35.0 35.1 Shinagawa website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  36. Meguro website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  37. Ōta website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  38. 38.0 38.1 Setagaya website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  39. Shibuya website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  40. Nakano website (Japanese); retrieved 2012-3-27.
  41. Suginami website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  42. Toshima website (Japanese); retrieved 2012-3-27.
  43. Kita website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  44. Arakawa website; retrieved 2012-3-26.
  45. 45.0 45.1 Itabashi website); retrieved 2012-3-27.
  46. Nerima website (Japanese); retrieved 2012-3-27.
  47. Adachi website; retrieved 2012-3-26.
  48. Katsushika website; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  49. Edogawa website (Japanese); retrieved 2012-3-27.

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