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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X-SEED 4000800vision(1)
Aeropolis 2001500vision(1)
Sky Mile Towervision(2)
The Spiral200vision
Sky City 1000196vision(2)
Hyper Buildingvision
Millenium Tower180vision(3)
Dynamic Intelligent Building200vision(2)
Holonic Tower120vision(1)
Shimizu Super High Risevision(2)
Tokiwabashi District Redevelopment Project...61proposed(1)
Nishi-Shinjuku 3-Chome Redevelopment - Eas...77cancelled(4)
Toranomon-Azabudai District 2nd Phase Rede...65under construction(1)
JR Ueno Railway Station Tower63cancelled
Nihonbashi 1-Chome Central District Redeve...51proposed(1)
Toranomon-Azabudai District 2nd Phase Rede...63under construction(1)
Toranomon Hills Station Tower - A-149under construction(1)
Toranomon Hills52built2014(3)
Tokyo Ekimae Yaesu 1-Chome East District R...54proposed(1)
Midtown Tokyo54built2007(2)
Nishi-Shinjuku 3-Chome Redevelopment - Sou...66cancelled(5)
Nishi-Shinjuku 3-Chome Redevelopment - Nor...66cancelled(5)
Yaesu 2-Chome North District Redevelopment45under construction(1)
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 148built1991(7)
Toranomon-Azabudai District 2nd Phase Rede...53under construction(1)
Yaesu 2-Chome Center District Redevelopment46under construction(1)
NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building27built2000(4)
Sunshine 6060built1978(4)
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower54built2003(4)
Nishishinjuku 3-Chome West Redevelopment T...65proposed(1)
Nishishinjuku 3-Chome West Redevelopment T...65proposed(1)
Shinjuku Park Tower55built1994(3)
Shibaura 1-Chome Rebuilding Project North ...47proposed(1)
Shibaura 1-Chome Rebuilding Project South ...46proposed(1)
Opera City Tower54built1997(4)
Sumitomo Roppongi Grand Tower40built2016(2)
Shibuya Scramble Square46built2020
Shinjuku Mitsui Building55built1974(5)
Shinjuku Center Building54built1979(6)
Toranomon Hills Residential Tower54under construction(1)
Saint Luke's Tower47built1994(3)
Nishi-Azabu 3-Chome Redevelopment53proposed(1)
Shiodome City Center43built2003(3)
Mita 3 - 4 Chome Redevelopment42proposed(1)
Dentsu Headquarters Building48built2002(3)
Tokiwabashi District Redevelopment Project...38under construction(1)
Shinjuku Sumitomo Building52built1974(3)
Lotte World Tokyo Plan51cancelled
Tokyo Portcity Takeshiba39built2020
The Park House Nishishinjuku Tower 6060built2017(1)
Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower47built2012(1)
Akasaka Intercity AIR38built2017(1)
GranTokyo North Tower43built2007(2)
GranTokyo South Tower42built2007(2)
Tokyo Mode Gakuen Coccoon Tower50built2008(2)
Shinjuku Nomura Building50built1978(4)
Izumi Garden Tower45built2002(2)
Otemachi One B41built2020
World Trade Center Building South Building40under construction
Japan Post Tower38built2012(2)
The Yomiuri Shimbun Building33built2013(2)
Otemachi Tower38built2014(2)
Shin-Marunouchi Building38built2007(1)
World Trade Center Building North Building40under construction
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)
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya35built2017
Tomihisa Cross Comfort Tower55built2015(2)
Acty Shiodome56built2004(1)
Nishi-Shinjuku 3-Chome Redevelopment - Wes...50cancelled(1)
Shinjuku I-Land Tower44built1995(2)
Owl Tower52built2011(1)
Brillia Tower Ikebukuro49built2015(1)
The Okura Prestige Tower A41built2019(1)
Atago Green Hills Mori Tower42built2001(2)
Capital Gate Place53built2015(1)
Toranomon Hills Business Tower36under construction
Cerulean Tower41built2001(2)
Sumitomo Fudosan Shinjuku Oak Tower38built2002(2)
Shibuya Hikarie33built2012(1)
Otemachi Place Tower A35built2018
msb Tamachi Tower B36built2020(1)
River City 21 Century Park Tower54built1999(2)
Proud Tower Shinonome Canal Court52built2013(1)
Harumi Flag Tower II50proposed
Harumi Flag Tower I50proposed
NEC Supertower44built1990(2)
Shibuya Stream37built2018
JA Building37built2009(2)
Toyosu Bayside Cross A36built2020
Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho A36built2016
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