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About Tokyo’s 23 Wards

About Tokyo’s 23 WardsJapan’s current population is approximately 128,000,000 – 13,200,000 of which are highly concentrated in the capital of Tokyo. As such, there is constant demand for properties in Tokyo (figure as of January 2013, as published by the General Affairs Bureau). Tokyo is divided into 23 wards, five of which are most prominent. These five areas are also places with the highest demands for properties.

The MetropolitanThe EastThe WestThe NorthThe South

The Metropolitan(return to top)

Shinjuku-ku

Shinjuku-ku

Centrally situated within Tokyo’s 23 wards, Shinjuku-ku is always bustling with commercial activities and is also the area with the largest number of foreigners. Shinjuku-ku is also one of Japan’s most internationalized cities.

Main Stations: Shinjuku, Shinjuku Gyoen, Takadanobaba, Kagurazaka, etc.

Shibuya-ku

Shibuya-ku

Shibuya-ku is situated in the south western area of Tokyo’s 23 wards. Located within this area is the renowned Meiji-Jingu as well as Yoyogi Park’s vast greens, of which takes up 10% of the entire Shibuya-ku. Highly populated by youngsters, Shibuya-ku also contains a number of high-end districts.

Main Stations: Shibuya, Yoyogi, Harajuku, Omotesando, Ebisu, Daikanyama, etc.

Chiyoda-ku

Chiyoda-ku

Located centrally among Tokyo’s 23 wards, Chiyoda-ku is a district which is composed of concentrated government functions. The Japanese imperial family also resides in this area. Chiyoda-ku is without a doubt the heartbeat of Japan.

Main Stations: Tokyo, Marunouchi, Ootemachi, Kanda, Kasumigaseki, etc.

Chuo-ku

Chuo-ku

Located smack in the middle of Tokyo’s 23 wards is Chuo-ku. Many of the large-scaled commercial facilities and high-end properties are located in this area. Ginza, with the most number of the world’s most famous branded shops, is also the most expensive land in all of Japan.

Main Stations: Ginza, Nihonbashi, Tsukishima, Tsukiji, etc.

Minato-ku

Minato-ku

Minato-ku is home to many big companies and is always bustling with economic and financial activities. Most of the foreign embassies are located here and foreigners make up 10% of Minato-ku’s population. The world renowned Tokyo Tower is also situated in Minato-ku.

Main Stations: Shinagawa, Shirokane-Takanawa, Azabu-Juban, Roppongi, etc.

The East(return to top)

Adachi-ku

Adachi-ku

Since the inception of the Tsukuba Express and Nippori’s Toneri Liner, there has been an upward trend in the price of land in recent years. This is the center of activity for numerous small families and is also the place of residence for those who work in the city.

Main Stations: Kita-Senju, Ayase, Nishiarai, etc.

Katsushika-ku

Katsushika-ku

Katsushika-ku is an area full of the cultural remnants of ancient Japan. Many of the movies and anime that incorporate Katsushika-ku in their settings are well-liked. This is a place that attracts visitors from all over the country.

Main Stations: Shin-Koiwa, Kameari, Shibamata, etc.

Edogawa-ku

Edogawa-ku

With many children-oriented educational facilities, Edogawa-ku also boasts the highest number of children of all 23 wards. Taking the Toei-Shinjuku Line brings you to Shinjuku and the Sobu Line shuttles you to the heart of the city. Convenient transportation and accessibility is also one of Edogawa-ku’s main attractions. Traditional Japanese art and craft is Edogawa-ku’s key industry.

Main Stations: Kasai, Hirai, Funabori, etc.

Sumida-ku

Sumida-ku

Sumida-ku lingers with an air of Edo-era heritage and spirit. Well recognized places like Ryogoku Kokugikan, where sumo wrestling events are held, and the Edo-Tokyo Museum are major attractions in this area. Overlooking Sumida-ku is the Tokyo Skytree, which attracts visitors from all over the country.

Main Stations: Kinshicho, Tokyo Skytree, Ryogoku, Oshiage, etc.

Koto-ku

Koto-ku

Waterfronts exist in abundance in Tokyo’s Koto-ku and a lot of the land is being utilized for constructional development. Many large amusement parks, commercial facilities as well as the TV station are located here. Through large-scaled municipal developments in recent years, Koto-ku sees the birth of many super high-rise apartments, of which provide a stunning backdrop to the city’s landscape.

Main Stations: Daiba, Toyosu, Kameido, Monzen-Nakacho, etc.

Taito-ku

Taito-ku

Taito-ku is the first ‘entrance’ for those coming in from Narita Airport bound for Tokyo. Of the 23 wards, Taito-ku is the single ward that carries the most traditional spirit of Japan. Situated here are the celebrated Asakusa Temple and the Ueno Zoo. Also in this area is the world renowned “Akihabara” which has become enshrined by many comics and animes.

Main Stations: Ueno, Asakusa, Akihabara, etc.

Arakawa-ku

Arakawa-ku

The Narita Sky Access Line that started its operations in July of 2010 shortened the transportation time required between Nippori and Narita Airport by 30 minutes. Convenience of transportation is one of the major highlights of this area. Rivers complete with a natural environment is also one of the perks of Arakawa-ku.

Main Stations: Nippori, Nishi-Nippori, Machiya, Minami-Senju, etc.

The West(return to top)

Suginami-ku

Suginami-ku

Due to Suginami-ku’s proximity to the city’s center, this area has vast developmental opportunities. This place is renowned for being a pleasant neighborhood. The annual “Koenji-Awaodori” is also well-known, adding a breath of fresh air to the already rich cultural lifestyle here.

Main Stations: Koenji, Ogikubo, Takaido, etc.

Nakano-ku

Nakano-ku

Nakano-ku’s population is approximately 300,000, which is the second most populated among Tokyo’s 23 wards. There is a high rental demand for small-sized units. Due to the location’s convenience, many small families choose to reside in Nakano-ku.

Main Stations: Nakano, Higashi-Nakano, Nakano-Shimbashi, Nakano-Sakaue, etc.

The North(return to top)

Setagaya-ku

Setagaya-ku

Due to convenience of transportation, this has been a thriving residential area since the Taisho period. Setagaya-ku is still the most populated among Tokyo’s 23 wards. Setagaya-ku has numerous upscale districts and is the most popular neighborhood in Tokyo.

Main Stations: Sangen-Jaya, Shimokitazawa, Futakotamagawa, etc.

Meguro-ku

Meguro-ku

Due to convenience of transportation and proximity to the city’s center, this place is highly sought after. The property prices are relatively high in Meguro-ku, which explains why most of the extravagant and exclusive mansions are located here.

Main Stations: Meguro, Naka-Meguro, Jiyugaoka, etc.

Shinagawa-ku

Shinagawa-ku

There are up to 14 subway lines within Shinagawa-ku, which promise convenience and accessibility. Along with Haneda Airport’s transformation into an international airport, Shinagawa Station has also been rejuvenated. Shinagawa-ku is not only the forefront of Tokyo, but is also the area that sets most expectations.

Main Stations: Shinagawa, Gotanda, Osaki, Oimachi, etc.

Ota-ku

Ota-ku

Ota-ku contains the most land surface area among Tokyo’s 23 wards. With office workers in the morning Ota-ku quickly transforms into a quiet neighborhood by night. And with Haneda Airport slowly becoming an international airport, Ota-ku is without a doubt an international city where “talent, supply, technology, and information” converge.

Main Stations: Kamata, Tamagawa, Den-En-Chofu, etc.

The South(return to top)

Bunkyo-ku

Bunkyo-ku

The most prominent industries here are publishing/printing, education, and medical-related services. Along with the University of Tokyo, there are 15 other educational institutes located here. Bunkyo-ku is also the only ward that is completely encircled by the Yamanote Line. The Tokyo Dome along with amusement facilities are also located here.

Main Stations: Suidobashi, Ochanomizu, Korakuen, etc.

Toshima-ku

Toshima-ku

Toshima-ku is the most densely populated city in Japan. Ikebukuro is surrounded by many department stores, with Sunshine City and other commercial facilities nearby.

Main Stations: Ikebukuro, Otsuka, Sugamo, Mejiro, etc.

Itabashi-ku

Itabashi-ku

Itabashi-ku is where business, civic agricultural and industrial activities coexist. The fireworks display held every summer also attracts a large number of visitors.

Main Stations: Itabashi, Narimasu, Shimo-Akatsuka, Oyama, etc.

Nerima-ku

Nerima-ku

Nerima-ku’s population ranks in at number two among Tokyo’s 23 wards and is considered a residential area. Many large-scaled complexes known as “danchi” are located here. Surrounding facilities which exists in abundance cater to your everyday needs.

Main Stations: Nerima, Shakujii-Koen, Hikarigaoka, etc.

Kita-ku

Kita-ku

Famous for its printing/publishing-related industries, Kita-ku still preserves much of the culture and spirit of the Showa period (1926-1989) with traditional shopping streets still thriving. Kita-ku is a pleasant and convenient neighborhood.

Main Stations: Akabane, Tabata, Oji, Jujo, etc.

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