TOKYO 23 SPECIAL WARDS
Tokyo 23 Special Wards form the core of the Tokyo urban area. The Tokyo 23 Special Wards include the main wards of Shinjuku, Shibuya, Chuo, Shiyoda, Minato and Shinagawa.
Adachi is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. Adachi is to the north of central Tokyo. Adachi attractions include Nishiarai Daishi Temple, Toneri Park, Higashi Ayase Park, Urban Agricultural Park and the Tokyo Budokan.
Arakawa is one the 23 special wards of Tokyo and is to the north of central Tokyo. Although Arakawa derives its name from the Arakawa River, the river actually doesn't run through or next to the ward. The neighborhoods of Arakawa include Machiya, Arakawa, Nishi Ogu, Nishi Nippori, Higashi Ogu, Higashi Nippori and Minami Senju.
Bunkyo is one of the 23 Special Wards of inner Tokyo. Bunkyo includes the University of Tokyo, Chuo University, Toyo University, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo Dome, Yushine shrine, Gokokuji Temple, Kodokan Judo Institute, Koishikawa Korankuen and Koishikawa Botanical Garden.
Chuo literally means center (of Tokyo) and historically this was the case. Chuo includes Nihonbashi - the traditional commercial center housing the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Bank of Japan and Ginza home to the Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya department stores, and the "zero milestone" from which highway distances to Tokyo are measured. Chuo also includes the Tsukiji Fish Market.
Edogawa is the most easterly of the special 23 wards of Tokyo. Edogawa is mainly a residential area. Edogawa attractions include Edogawa Boat Race Course, Edogawa Stadium and Kasai Rinkai Park which is particularly popular in cherry blossom season, but also features the Tokyo Sea Life Park.
Itabashi is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo and is to the north west of central Tokyo. Itabashi name is derived from the "plank bridge" which used to cross the Shakujii River as far back as the Heian Period. Itabashi attractions include Akatsuka Botanical Garden, Itabashi Botanical Garden, Jorenji temple and the Daibutsu of Tokyo.
Katsushika is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo and is to the north north east of central Tokyo. Katsushika attractions include Mizumoto Park, which is the largest park in Tokyo and a popular place to view cherry blossom, and Shibamata Taikyakuten Temple. The main administrative area in Katsushika is Tateishi.
Koto is to the east of central Tokyo and is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. Koto includes the districts of Ariake, Aomi, Kameido, Kiba, Kiyosumi, Shirakawa, and Toyosu. Ariake and Aomi districts make up part of the artifical island in Tokyo Bay commonly known as Odaiba. Koto attractions include Daikanransha Ferris Wheel, Palette Town, Tokyo Big Sight and Ariake Colosseum.
Meguro is one of Tokyo's central wards southwest of the Tokyo metropolitan centre. Meguro is a largely residential district, named after the Meguro River, which features beautiful cherry blossom trees along its banks.
Minato is one of the 23 Special Wards of inner Tokyo. Minato includes: Asakusa one of Tokyo's central business districts, full of corporate headquarters and exclusive hotels, Daiba which forms part of Odaiba, a large artificial island packed with futuristic buildings that has become one of Tokyo's most happening shopping and entertainment districts, Roppongi - Famous for its nightlife where thousands of foreigners are visible. Almost all restaurants and clubs cater to the English-speaking crowd. The famous Tokyo Tower.
Nakano is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo which is to the north west of central Tokyo, just to the east of Shinjuku. Nakano attractions include Nakano Sun Plaza, Arai Yakushi Shingon Temple and Nakano Broadway which is famous for its manga and anime shops.
Nerima is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo which is to the north west of central Tokyo. Nerima is the birth place of anime in Japan, and today several anime production studios still remain in the ward including Toei Animation, Studio Gallop, Mushi Production and AIC. Astro Boy was produced in Nerima. Nerima attractions include the Toshimaen amusement park, Ward Art Museum, Iwasaki Chihiro illustrated book museum, Hikarigaoka Park and Shakujii Park.
Ota is one of the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo, which is to the south of central Tokyo and has a significant exposure to Tokyo Bay. Ota is dominated by Haneda Airport, but other attractions in Ota include Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple, Omori Shell Mound site and Senzoku Pond.
Setagaya is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo which is to the west of central Tokyo. Setagaya is divided into five districts: Setagaya, Kitazawa, Tamagawa, Kinuta and Karasuyama. Setagaya attractions include Kinuta Park which famous for its cherry blossom, Setagaya Castle ruins, Zenyomitsu-ji Temple, Setagaya Art Museum and Seikado Bunko Art Museum.
Shibuya is a central ward of Tokyo famous for its fashionable shopping district, with department stores and shopping malls filled with boutiques. Shibuya also includes Harajuku with its shopping area and Tokyo's most popular shine, Meiji Jingu Shrine.
Shinagawa is one of the 23 Special Wards of inner Tokyo and is to the south of the center of Tokyo with some of the ward on the coast of line of Tokyo Bay. Shinagawa includes Shinagawa Aquarium. Shinagawa Station is just to the north of Shinagawa Ward in the Minato Ward.
Suginami is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo which is to the north west of central Tokyo. Suginami features many anime studios including Bones, Sunrise, Satelight and many more small studios. Suginami attractions include Suginami Kokaido, which is the base for the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and includes a concert hall and Suginami Animation Museum.
Sumida is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. Sumida is to the north east of central Tokyo. Sumida attractions include Tokyo SkyTree, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Edo Tokyo Museum, Asahi Breweries Headquarters and Sumida Park.
Taito is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo and is to the north east of central Tokyo. Taito includes the districts of Ueno and Asakusa. Taito attractions include Sensoji Temple, Asakusa Shrine, Bentendo Hall Temple, Kaneiji Temple, Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple and Toshogu Shrine. Taito also features a large number of museums and art galleries including Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Nature and Science, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall.
Toshima is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo and one of the eight central wards. Toshima is to the north east of central Tokyo and includes the business and entertainment district of Ikebukuro which features the second busiest train station in Tokyo, Ikebukuro Station, several department stores including Seibu, Tobu, Marui and Don Quijote, the Sunshine 60 Building which was the tallest building in Tokyo and the Toyota Amlux Showroom.
Author: Craig Fryer