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Tokyo was founded in 1457 under the name Edo and was a quiet town with a small population. This changed in 1603 when the Tokugawa Shogunate moved the seat of government to Edo. As a result the population increased substantially. After the collapse of the shogunate in 1868 and the establishment of a modern national government, the emperor took up official residence in Edo and moved the capital to Edo from Kyoto. The city was renamed Tokyo, meaning “Eastern Capital,” to reflect the change.

Tokyo was a regular city like any other in Japan until 1943, when the prefectural and municipal governments were merged. Because of this, Tokyo is not technically a city but rather an entire prefecture made up of 23 special independent wards, 26 additional cities and towns, and several islands stretching as far as 350 km out into the Pacific Ocean. The head of the municipal government is located in Shinjuku Ward, and provides prefectural administration over the cities and islands, as well as limited municipal administration for the shared services of the 23 wards, such as water, sewage, and fire services. Each of the 23 wards has its own government administration and is more or less analogous to an independent city, complete with an elected mayor.

Note that this page represents only the 23 special wards of Tokyo, and none of the other cities in Tokyo prefecture.

Total Area of the 23 wards: 621.49 km²

Ward List: Adachi-ku, Arakawa-ku, Itabashi-ku, Edogawa-ku, Ota-ku, Katsushika-ku, Kita-ku, Koto-ku, Shinagawa-ku, Shibuya-ku, Shinjuku-ku, Suginami-ku, Sumida-ku, Setagaya-ku, Taito-ku, Chuo-ku, Chiyoda-ku, Toshima-ku, Nakano-ku, Nerima-ku, Bunkyo-ku, Minato-ku, Meguro-ku

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Tokiwabashi District Redevelopment Project...61proposed
Toranomon Hills52built2014(3)
Tokyo Ekimae Yaesu 1-Chome East District R...54proposed
Toranomon Hills Station Towerproposed
Midtown Tokyo54built2007(2)
Yaesu 2-Chome North District Redevelopment45proposed
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 148built1991(7)
NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building27built2000(3)
Sunshine 6060built1978(4)
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower54built2003(4)
Shinjuku Park Tower55built1994(3)
Opera City Tower54built1997(4)
Roppongi 3-chome East District Redevelopment40under construction(1)
Tokiwabashi District Redevelopment Project...37proposed
Shibuya Station Building - East Tower46under construction
Shinjuku Mitsui Building55built1974(5)
Shinjuku Center Building54built1979(5)
Saint Luke's Tower47built1994(3)
Atagoyama District Development Project56proposed
Nishi-Azabu 3-Chome Redevelopment53proposed
Shiodome City Center43built2003(3)
Dentsu Headquarters Building48built2002(3)
Shinjuku Sumitomo Building52built1974(3)
Urban Regeneration Step Up Project Takeshi...39proposed
The Park House Nishishinjuku Tower 6060under construction
Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower47built2012(1)
GranTokyo North Tower43built2007(2)
GranTokyo South Tower42built2007(2)
Tokyo Mode Gakuen Coccoon Tower50built2008(2)
Shinjuku Nomura Building50built1978(4)
Akasaka Intercity AIR37under construction
Izumi Garden Tower45built2002(2)
Otemachi 1-Chome 2 Block Redevelopment Tow...41proposed
Hamamatsucho Station West Entrance Distric...40under construction
Hamamatsucho Station West Entrance Distric...40proposed
Japan Post Tower38built2012(2)
The Yomiuri Shimbun Building33built2013(2)
Otemachi Tower38built2014(2)
Shin-Marunouchi Building38built2007(1)
Sumitomo Realty Shinjuku Grand Tower (La T...40built2011(2)
Harumi Island Triton Square Tower X44built2001(2)
Nihombashi Mitsui Tower39built2005(3)
Sanno Park Tower44built2000(2)
Sompo Japan Headquarters43built1976(4)
NTV Headquarters32built2003(2)
The Tokyo Towers Sea Tower58built2008(2)
The Tokyo Towers Mid Tower58built2008(2)
Kachidoki View Tower55built2010(2)
New Hibiya Project35under construction
Tomihisa Cross Comfort Tower55built2015(1)
Acty Shiodome56built2004(1)
Shinjuku I-Land Tower44built1995(2)
Owl Tower52built2011(1)
Brillia Tower Ikebukuro49built2015
Atago Green Hills Mori Tower42built2001(2)
Capital Gate Place53built2015
Cerulean Tower41built2001(2)
Sumitomo Fudosan Shinjuku Oak Tower38built2002(2)
Shibuya Hikarie33built2012(1)
Otemachi 2-Chome Redevelopment Tower A35proposed
River City 21 Century Park Tower54built1999(2)
Proud Tower Shinonome Canal Court52built2013(1)
NEC Supertower44built1990(2)
Shibuya Station South Block Project37under construction
JA Building37built2009(2)
Toranomon Trust City World Gate36proposed
Tokyo Garden Terrace Tower I36under construction
Tokyo Nihonbashi Tower35built2015(1)
Park City Toyosu Building A52built2008(1)
Keio Plaza Hotel47built1971(3)
Sumitomo Fudosan Mita Twin Building West43built2006(1)
Akasaka Biz Tower39built2008(2)
Marunouchi Building37built2002(2)
Kachidoki The Tower53under construction
W-Comfort Towers East Tower54built2004(1)
Park Tower Harumi48under construction
Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building37built2008(1)
Deux Tours Canal & Spa Tower II51built2015(1)
Deux Tours Canal & Spa Tower I51built2015(1)
Otemachi Financial City South Tower35built2012(1)
Shiodome Media Tower34built2003(3)
Kasumigaseki Common Gate West Building38built2007(2)
Nihonbashi 2-Chome Redevelopment Towers C31under construction
Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y40built2000(2)
The Parkhouse Harumi Towers Tiaro Residence49built2015
Tokyo Shiodome Building37built2005(1)
Park Axis Aoyama 1-chome Tower46built2007(1)
Royal Park Shiodome Tower38built2003(3)
City Towers Toyosu The Twin North Tower50built2009(1)
Kyobashi 2-chome West District Redevelopment32under construction
Marunouchi Park Building35built2009(2)
Park Court Akasaka Hinokicho The Tower44under construction
Otemachi 2-Chome Redevelopment Tower B33proposed
Shibaura Island Air Tower48built2007(1)
JT Building35built1995(2)
The Parkhouse Harumi Towers Krono Residence49built2014
Bay City Harumi Sky Link Tower49built2009(1)
Shibaura Island Grove Tower49built2007(1)
Otemachi 1-Chome 3rd District Redevelopment31under construction
Central Park Tower La Tour Shinjuku45built2010
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