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Special wards of Tokyo
東京特別区
Location of Special wards of Tokyo東京特別区
Location of Special wards of Tokyo東京特別区
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. There are 23 municipalities in the core of the capital of Japan. They are "special wards" because they are different from the wards ( ku) of other major Japanese cities.

History

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

Name Kanji Population
(2007)
Density
(/km²)
Area
(km²)
Major districts
Flag of Adachi, Tokyo.svg Adachi 足立区 629,392 11,830.68 53.20 Ayase, Kitasenju, Takenotsuka
Flag of Arakawa, Tokyo.svg Arakawa 荒川区 194,777 18,262.25 10.20 Arakawa, Machiya, Nippori, Minamisenju
Flag of Bunkyo, Tokyo.svg Bunkyō 文京区 194,933 16,009.28 11.31 Hongō, Yayoi, Hakusan
Flag of Chiyoda, Tokyo.svg Chiyoda 千代田区 43,802 3,763.06 11.64 Nagatachō, Kasumigaseki, Ōtemachi, Marunouchi, Akihabara, Yūrakuchō, Iidabashi
Flag of Chuo, Tokyo.svg Chūō 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 江戸川区 661,386 13,264.86 49.86 Kasai, Koiwa
Flag of Itabashi, Tokyo.svg Itabashi 板橋区 529,059 16,445.72 32.17 Itabashi, Takashimadaira
Jp-13-ka.svg Katsushika 葛飾区 428,066 12,286.62 34.84 Tateishi, Aoto
Flag of Kita, Tokyo.svg Kita 北区 330,646 15,885.67 20.59 Akabane, Ōji, Tabata
Flag of Koto, Tokyo.svg Kōtō 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 目黒区 267,798 18,217.55 14.70 Meguro, Nakameguro, Jiyugaoka
Flag of Minato, Tokyo.svg Minato 港区 205,196 10,088.30 20.34 Odaiba, Shinbashi, Shinagawa, Roppongi, Toranomon, Aoyama, Azabu, Hamamatsuchō, Tamachi
Flag of Nakano, Tokyo.svg Nakano 中野区 312,939 20,097.82 15.59 Nakano
Flag of Nerima, Tokyo.svg Nerima 練馬区 702,202 14,580.61 48.16 Nerima, Ōizumi, Hikarigaoka
Flag of Ota, Tokyo.svg OtaŌta 大田区 674,590 11,345.27 59.46 Ōmori, Kamata, Haneda, Den-en-chōfu
Flag of Setagaya, Tokyo.svg Setagaya 世田谷区 855,416 14,728.23 58.08 Setagaya, Kitazawa, Kinuta, Karasuyama, Tamagawa
Flag of Shibuya, Tokyo.svg Shibuya 渋谷区 205,512 13,337.13 15.11 Shibuya, Ebisu, Harajuku, Hiroo, Sendagaya, Yoyogi
Flag of Shinagawa, Tokyo.svg Shinagawa 品川区 353,887 15,576.01 22.72 Shinagawa, Gotanda, Ōsaki, Hatanodai, Ōimachi
Flag of Shinjuku, Tokyo.svg Shinjuku 新宿区 309,463 16,975.48 18.23 Shinjuku, Takadanobaba, Ōkubo, Kagurazaka, Ichigaya
Flag of Suginami, Tokyo.svg Suginami 杉並区 534,981 15,725.49 34.02 Kōenji, Asagaya, Ogikubo
Flag of Sumida, Tokyo.svg Sumida 墨田区 237,433 16,079.49 13.75 Kinshichō, Morishita, Ryōgoku
Flag of Taito, Tokyo.svg Taitō 台東区 168,277 16,139.38 10.08 Ueno, Asakusa
Flag of Toshima, Tokyo.svg Toshima 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

1889 - 1920
(15 wards)
1920 - 1932
(15 wards)
1932 - 1936
(35 wards)
1936 - 1947
(35 wards)
23 special wards
of Tokyo Metropolis
Kojimachi Chiyoda
Kanda
Nihonbashi Chūō
Kyobashi
Shiba Minato
Azabu
Akasaka
Yotsuya Yotsuya Shinjuku
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
Hongo
Shitaya Taitō
Asakusa
Honjo Sumida
Terashima Town, Minami-Katsushika District Mukojima
Azuma Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Sumida Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Fukagawa Kōtō
Kameido Town, Minami-Katsushika District Joto
Ojima Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Suna Town, Minami-Katsushika District
Shinagawa Town, Ebara District Shinagawa Shinagawa
Oi Town, Ebara District
Osaki Town, Ebara District
Ebara Town, Ebara District Ebara
Meguro Town, Ebara District Meguro
Hibusuma Town, Ebara District
Omori Town, Ebara District Ōmori Ōta
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 Setagaya
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
Sendagaya Town, Toyotama District
Yoyohata Town, Toyotama District
Nakano Town, Toyotama District Nakano
Nogata Town, Toyotama District
Suginami Town, Toyotama District Suginami
Wadabori Town, Toyotama District
Iogi Town, Toyotama District
Takaido Town, Toyotama District
Sugamo Town, Kita-Toshima District Toshima
Nishi-Sugamo Town, Kita-Toshima District
Nagasaki Town, Kita-Toshima District
Takada Town, Kita-Toshima District
Takinogawa Town, Kita-Toshima District Takinogawa Kita
Ouji Town, Kita-Toshima District Oji
Iwabuchi Town, Kita-Toshima District
Minami-Senju Town, Kita-Toshima District Arakawa
Mikawashima Town, Kita-Toshima District
Nippori Town, Kita-Toshima District
Ogu Town, Kita-Toshima District
Itabashi Town, Kita-Toshima District Itabashi Itabashi
Kami-Itabashi Village, Kita-Toshima District
Shimura Village, Kita-Toshima District
Akatsuka Village, Kita-Toshima District
Nerima Town, Kita-Toshima District Nerima
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
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
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
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

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