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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Court Residence Tower21built2006
Ochanomizu NK Building17built2006
Daiichi Pharmaceuticals Tokyo Research & D...14built1990
Sumida Riverside Tower22built
Kyobashi Plaza22built1999
Itabashi Sun City Building D23built
Tamachi Center Building15built1994
Osaki Front Tower15built2005
Nishi-Kanda 3-chome South Plan14built2007
Canon Shimo-Maruko Research Building14built
Sasazuka NA Building18built1993
Tokyo University Medical Faculty Training ...14built
Kowa Nishi-Shimbashi Building16built1996
Kowa Nishi-Shimbashi B Building16built1994
Nittochi Building19built1974(1)
Roppongi Hills Residence Building D18built2003
Higashi-Yotsugi 4-chome Apartment Building 224built
Hotel New Otani17built1964(1)
Honda Aoyama Building17built1985
Le Cinq Iris Tower20built
City Tower Shirokane-Takanawa19built2004
AIG Tokyo Building16built
Ueno Gakuen Ueno Campus Reconstruction Pro...15built2007
Tomin Housing Centennial Tower22built
Sky Grande Shiodome22built2005
Ukima 1-chome 3rd Apartment Building20built1993
Hikifune Station Front Area 1 Redevelopmen...20built2008
Mejiro Place21built2007
Fujisoft ABC Tokyo New Company Building16built2001
Chuo University Korakuen Campus Building 314built
Minato-ku Mita 3-chome Plan13built2008
UrbanNet Ikebukuro Building16built1988
Aribiore Kagurazaka City Tower21built2002
Asahi Shimbun Company New Building17built1988
Beune Tower Hirai21built2000
Nishi-Shinjuku Parkside Tower20built1997
Clio Sky Tower Shinozaki22built1999
Twin Tower Sumitoshi - Sumiyoshi Building21built1994
Twin Tower Sumitoshi - Sumiyoshi Building21built1994
Twin Tower Sumitoshi - Mori Building21built1994
Twin Tower Sumitoshi - Mori Building21built1994
New Annex Building Construction15built2007
Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital14built2001(1)
Yusen Building15built1978(1)
Ciels Garden Riviere Tower22built2003
Shinjuku Mitsui Building 216built
Sopra Tower20built1999
Hyakunincho 3-chome Apartment Building 220built
JPower Headquarters16built1987
Dresser Meguro Impress Tower23built2004
Tokyo Portcity Takeshiba Residential18built2020
Tokyo Kaijo New Building16built1985(1)
Loop Line #2 Shimbashi/Toranomon Redevelop...16built2007
Tokyo Stock Exchange Building15built2000
Shinjuku San'ei Building15built
Sophia Tower Kachidoki23built2000
Sachi Building16built
NEC Igarashi Building15built1988
Adeka Corporation New Headquarters15built2006
Ginza 4-chome Plan13built2008
Sol Crest Ikebukuro22built2005
Mitsubishi Building15built1973(1)
E Space Tower15built2002(1)
Axia Aoyama20built2002
Sumitomo Fudosan Ochanomizu First Building14built2008
Hearton Hotel Higashi-Shinagawa19built2006
Erim Kasugacho19built1996
Toranomon Marine Building16built1990
Sumitomo Shibaura Building15built1988
NTT Shinagawa Twins Office Building14built1986(1)
Senju Mildix Building 113built
Nishimoto Kosan Nishikicho Building14built1993
New Second Tamachi Building16built2006
Sumitomo Realty Oimachi Station Front Buil...14built2002
Waseda University Nishi-Waseda Campus Buil...14built2009
Kita-Shinagawa 5-Chome Redevelopment Proje...18built2015
Wins Shiodome17built2002
Park Tower Tokyo Clarte13built2004
Apartment Meguro22built2008
Sumitomo Ichigaya Building17built1983
KDDI Shibuya Data Center Highrise14built2002
Bay Court Shibaura23built1990
Roppongi Ark Towers West22built1986
Nichirei Building15built
NEC Sumitomo Shiba-Koen Building15built
Government Building No. 315built1971
South Park Tower20built
Shosen Mitsui Building16built
Shibuya Property Tokyu Building15built1990
Bunkyo Green Court View Tower Hon-Komagome...22built1998
Twin City Machiya 5-chome Apartment 3 Muni...22built1989
Hanzomon First Building15built2004
Shibuya Minami Tokyu Building14built2005
Shibaura Institute of Technology Toyosu Ca...14built
Maruyamacho Plan13built2007
National Shinkin Bank Building15built
Toyota-Tsusho Marunouchi Building15built
Lions Tower Ueno Kuromoncho20built2004
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