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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Tour Jaune Komazawa-koen30built2000
Lietocourt Arx Tower27built2007
Tower Residence Yotsuya23built2002
UrbanNet Otemachi Building22built1990
Elsa Setagaya Tower & Residence29built2006
Shinjuku Washington Hotel25built1986
Nakano Sun Cuore Tower26built1994
Shinjuku Eastside Square20built2011
Toppan Forms Koishikawa Building21built
Famille Tsukishima Grand Suite Tower30built2002(1)
Nishi-Kanda Cosmos Building25built
Hikarigaoka Park Town Odori Central Buildi...30built1992
Municipal Housing Yokokawa 5-chome28built1999
Shibaura Square Tower21built1989
Shinjuku Eins Tower29built2004
Aomi Frontier Building21built1996
Nippori Einstower28built2005
Asahi Beer Tower22built1990(1)
Arca Towers Kinshicho Arca West22built1997
Arca Towers Kinshicho Arca Central22built1997
Pacific Tower Roppongi27built2004
Proud Tower Higashi-Gotanda25built2008
Crowne Plaza Hotel Metropolitan25built1985
Akasaka Nakanomachi Building 224built
Emieru Tower Takenotsuka27built2005
Ginza Tower25built2003
Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo24built
Arca Towers Kinshicho Tokyo Marriott Hotel...24built1997
Yokoso Rainbow Tower23built1995(1)
Tokyo Alba Tower31built2002
Aoyama M's Tower25built2008
Shinjuku Prince Hotel25built1977(1)
Shin-Aoyama Building West Wing23built1978(1)
Shin-Aoyama Building East Wing23built1978(1)
Station Port Tower25built2007
Sumitomo Seimei Tsukiji Building23built1985(1)
Nerima Ward Office21built1996(1)
Hikarigaoka Park Town Promenade Block 10 B...30built1989(1)
Tokyo Seimei Head Office Building20built1988
T & D Financial Building20built1989
Proud Tower Futako-Tamagawa27built2006
Shinagawa East City Tower26built2018
Cosmo Tokyo Bay Tower26built2000
Citenubu Kita-Senju 3030built1990
Atlas Tower Koishikawa28built2004
Osaki New City Building 3 Nissay Building21built1987(1)
Kita-Shinagawa ON Building21built1990
Shin-Ochanomizu Building22built1981(1)
Kosha Tower Komatsugawa30built1993
Park City Suginami Central Tower28built2000
City Tower Ikebukuro26built2003
Sunwood Mita Parkside Tower25built2005
Hotel Kaiyo22built1992
Tokyo Jikei Medical School Building 118built2002
Central Residence City Tower Ikebukuro26built2003
Shibaura Renasite Tower19built2008
Mitsui Fudosan Mita Twin Building East17built2006
Kita-Shinagawa 5-Chome Redevelopment Proje...20built2015
Arca Towers Kinshicho Arca East19built1997
Tokyo Arts Center22built2006
Anzen Building22built2008
Marunouchi Hotel18built2004
Marks Tower28built2005
Lions Tower Ikebukuro28built2001
Nakano Sunplaza21built1973(1)
Women's Cultural University20built1999(1)
Tokyo Medical University Hospital Project20built2019
Tokyo High Level Regional Court19built1973
Ministry of Defense Building A19built2000(1)
Keio Shinagawa Building19built2004(1)
Kojimachi Millennium Garden Court17built2000
East 21 Tower21built1992
Mizuho Bank Shibuya Office Center20built
Nittetsu Nihombashi Building18built2019
Jimbocho Terrace Square17built2015
Century Tower21built1991(1)
APA Hotel Kabukicho Tower28built2015
Funabori Station Front Toki Tower27built1991
Iidabashi 2-chome Plan25built2007
Roppongi First Building20built1993
Hamamatsucho Square20built2004
Itochu Shoji Headquarters22built1980
Shinjuku First West18built2003
Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Building16built1994
Kamiyacho MT Building20built1993
Central Government Building No. 6 Section A21built1990
Mita Police Family Standby Lodgings24built2007
Mita Heiwa Building21built
Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho B26built2016
Crest Tower Shinagawa Seaside26built2008
City Tower Meguro25built2017
Marui Co. Ltd. Head Office19built1994
Iidabashi Plano19built2008
Ikebukuro Duplex Tower27built2007
The Westin Tokyo23built1994
Toshi Center Hotel22built1999
The Kojimachi Tower23built2018
Ao Blue16built2008(1)
J-Tower Nishi-Oi28built2003
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