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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Classy Tower Higashi-Nakano27built2015
Hitachi Software Tower A23built2002
TEPCO Building22built1997(1)
Shin-Saiwaibashi Building22built1996
Hitachi Software Tower B22built2002
Shibuya Infos Tower21built1998(1)
G1 Building21built1976
Ebisu View Tower32built1994
Lower House Member Akasaka Residence28built2007
NHK Broadcasting Center23built1973(1)
Shinagawa Seaside North Tower23built2003
Panasonic Tower23built2003
River Pier Azumabashi Life Tower30built1989
Seafort Square Seafort Tower29built1992
Seafort Square Center Building23built1992
Seafort Square Citigroup Center22built1992
Seafort Square JTB Building20built1992
Time 24 Building19built1996(1)
Shinagawa Seaside View Tower II30built2004
Shinagawa Seaside View Tower I30built2003
J. City Tower24built1994
Midtown Parkside30built2007
Tokyo Baycourt Club Hotel and Spa Resort26built2007(1)
Shinagawa Seaside East Tower23built2004
Morinaga Plaza Building24built1974
Konan W Building21built1997(1)
Brillia The Tower Tokyo Yaesu Avenue30built2017
Park Tower Kinshicho28built2009
Oimachi West Area Redevelopment28built2011
Catherina Mita Towersuite West Ark28built2006
Shinjuku SKY FOREST Residence26built2015
New Tekko Building 225built2015
Ote Center Building24built1983(2)
Shibuya Parco19built2019
Laurel Court Shinjuku Tower32built2002
Takanawadai Project29built2009
Bunkyo Green Court Center Office23built1998
Chuo Mitsui Trust & Banking Co. Head Office22built2000(1)
Kayabacho Tower21built1996(1)
Gotenyama Trust Tower21built1990
Riverside Yomiuri Building20built1994(1)
Proud Tower Oizumi-gakuen27built2015
Gotenyama Trust Court25built1990
New Pier Takeshiba North Tower24built1991(1)
Kokusai Shin-Akasaka East Building24built1980(1)
Hotel Intercontinental Tokyo Bay24built1995
Azur Takeshiba22built1991(1)
JR Shinagawa East Building20built2004
Lions Tower Ojima30built2004
Shibuya Mark City East25built2000(1)
Atlas Tower Hikifune28built2015
Toranomon Hospital19built2019
Marunouchi Trust Tower North Building19built2003(1)
The River Place South Tower28built2004
New Central Government Building No. 221built1983
Sony City20built2006(1)
Galleria Grande27built2006
Bunkyo-ku Myogadani Station Front Area Dev...25built2009
Glorio Tower Sugamo29built2006
Prime Parks Shinagawa Seaside The Tower29built2019
New Pier Takeshiba South Tower21built1995
Shinagawa Tower Face30built2005(1)
Pacific Tower Meguro Fudomae30built2007
Brillia Tower Osaki29built2007
Art Village Osaki View Tower28built2007
Le Cinq Osaki City Tower27built2006
Art Village Osaki Central Tower22built2006
Tokyo Telecom Center21built1995(1)
Akihabara Plan19built2009
Roppongi 7-chome Mansion Replacement28built2009
Nishi-Shinjuku Seven City Redevelopment Plan26built2008
Fukagawa Gatharia Tower North Building22built2007
Fukagawa Gatharia Tower South Building21built2003
Sumitomo Shoji Mitoshiro Building20built2006
Toppan Forms Building19built2003
Tokyo Sumitomo Twin Building East24built1988(1)
Tokyo Sumitomo Twin Building West21built1988(1)
Horizon Mare Ariake27built2005
City Tower Osaki Station Front29built2004
The River Place East Tower28built2004
Nichirei Higashi-Ginza Building22built1991(1)
Metropolitan Plaza Building22built1994
Casio Computers Co. Ltd. Head Office22built1997
Park Court Toranomon Atago Tower30built2008
Mid-Southern Residence Gotenyama27built2007
The River Place West Tower28built2005
Prism Tower27built2009
Asukayama Tower & Residence Project30built2016
Triton Square Urban Tower28built2001
Atlas Tower Kita-Senju26built2004
Onarimon Tokyo Jikei Medical School New Bu...22built1999
Toranomon 2-chome Tower21built1999(1)
TOC Ariake21built2006
Jikei University School of Medicine Hospital21built1999
Mare Higashi-Azabu Tower27built2008
Nerima Yumeria View Tower27built2002
Myamano Tower27built2007
Lions Yotsuya Tower Gate29built2007
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