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 is one of the 23 special wards in central Tokyomarker, Japanmarker. In English, it calls itself Chiyoda City. As of October 2007, the ward has an estimated population of 45,543 and a density of 3,912 persons per km², making it by far the least populated of the special wards. The total area is 11.64 km², of which the Imperial Palacemarker takes up 12 percent.

Chiyoda consists of the Palace and a surrounding radius of about 1 kilometer. It inherited the name, literally meaning "field of a thousand generations," from Chiyoda Castle (the other name of Edo Castlemarker). Many government institutions, such as the Diet, Prime Minister's residence, and Supreme Courtmarker, are located in Chiyoda, as are Tokyo landmarks such as Yasukuni Shrinemarker, Tokyo Stationmarker, and the Budokanmarker. Fifteen embassies are located in Chiyoda.


The Chiyoda ward was created on March 15, 1947 by the unification of Kanda Ward (the northeast corner of present-day Chiyoda, around Akihabara Stationmarker) and Kōjimachi Ward (comprising the rest of Chiyoda). It has been a site of a number of historical events.


Chiyoda is located at the very heart of central Tokyo. The central area of the ward is furthermore occupied by the Imperial Palacemarker. The east side of the ward, bordering Chūō, is the location of Tokyo Stationmarker. The south side, bordering Minato, encompasses Hibiya Parkmarker and the National Diet Buildingmarker. It is almost exclusively occupied by administrations and agencies. The west and northwest are primarily upper class residential; the Yasukuni Shrinemarker is also there. To the north and northeast are several residential neighborhoods and the Akihabaramarker commercial district.

Politics and government

Chiyoda ward office building.
National Diet Building in Chiyoda

Local government

Chiyoda is run by a city assembly of 25 elected members. The current mayor is Masami Ishikawa, an independent.

National representation

The ward is also home to the Diet of Japan, the Supreme Court of Japanmarker and the residence of the Prime Minister of Japan and is the political nerve center of Japanmarker.

International representation

The Embassy of the United Kingdom is in Ichibancho in Chiyoda. The Embassy of Belgium is located in the Nibancho area of Kojimachi, Chiyoda. The embassy has been in Kojimachi since 1902 and the Nibancho area since 1928. Until around 2009 the Belgian embassy is temporarily in Shibakoen, Minato due to remodeling of the embassy in Chiyoda. The Embassy of Ireland is located in the Kōjimachi area of Chiyoda. The Embassy of Israel is located in Niban-cho in Chiyoda.


On December 31, 2001 Chiyoda had 6,572 buildings which were four stories or taller.

Some of the districts in Chiyoda are actually not inhabited, either because they are parks (Hibiya Koen), because they consist only of office buildings (Otemachi, Marunouchi...), and/or because they are extremely small. The area on the Eastern side of the Akihabara station is the location of several districts that cover at most a few buildings. Kanda-Hanaokachō is for example more or less limited to the building of Yodobashi Camera. Tackling the addressing system in the Kanda area can be particularly cumbersome for non-locals. However, the addressing system is currently being modernized.

Kōjimachi Area

Kanda Area

  • Kanda Area ( ), former Kanda Ward. Soto-Kanda, at the northern corner of the ward, home to the famous Akihabaramarker electronics district.

The list below consists of the many smaller neighborhoods of the Kanda area, for which a modernization of the addressing system has not been enforced yet. All officially start with the prefix "Kanda-", but it is sometimes omitted in daily life. Note that Iwamotochō and Kanda-Iwamotochō are different districts (as is the case for Kajichō and Kanda-Kajichō)


On October 1, 2001 Chiyoda had 36,233 business establishments with 888,149 employees. Bungeishunjū, Datam Polystar, Hakusensha, Mizuho Financial Group, New Otanimarker, Seven & i Holdings, Shinsei Bank, Shogakukan, Shueisha, and Yamazaki Baking Company (incl. Vie de France) are headquartered in Chiyoda. Mazda has an office in Chiyoda.

Foreign operations

The Japan division of Sunoco is headquartered in the Trusty Kojimachi Building in Chiyoda. AMI Japan, a subsidiary of American Megatrends, is in Chiyoda. Hewlett-Packard Japan is headquartered in Chiyoda. Chloé Japan is headquartered in the Hanzomon First Building in Chiyoda.

Former operations

In 1975 and 1985 All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines were headquartered in Chiyoda. In 1985 Japan Asia Airways was headquartered in a building in Chiyoda separate from its parent company's offices. In 1998 Fujitsu operated a branch office in Chiyoda. At one point cargo airline Galaxy Airlines was headquartered in Chiyoda. At one point Cantor Fitzgerald had an office in Chiyoda.



Home to the massive Tokyo stationmarker with a multitude of subways, railways and long-distance services.

Points of historical interest

Image:Hanawa_Hokinoichi.JPG|Site of Haniwa Hokinoichi Wagaku kōdansho

(Sanbanchō)Image:Sano_Zenzaemon.JPG|Site of home of Sano Zenzaemon

(Sanbanchō)Image:九段下灯台Kudanshita.jpg|lighthouse of Kudan


Primary and secondary schools

On May 1, 2003 Chiyoda had eight elementary schools with 2,647 students and five junior high schools with 1,123 students. Public elementary and junior high schools in Chiyoda are operated by the Chiyoda Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

Colleges and universities

Hitotsubashi Universitymarker's Graduate School of International Corporate Strategymarker is located in the National Center of Sciences in Hitotsubashi.

Both of the Sophia University Campuses are in western Chiyoda. The main Yotsuya campus lies adjecent to Yotsuya Stationmarker and the Ichigaya Campus just south of Ichigaya Stationmarker.


Chiyoda operates four public libraries; they are the Chiyoda Library, Yobancho Library, Shohei Library, and Kanda Library. Tokyo operates the Tokyo Metropolitan Library Hibiya Library. The Japanese government operates the National Diet Librarymarker and the National Archives. Ishikawa Enterprise Foundation Ochanomizu Library is a nearby private library.

Parks and recreation

East Imperial Garden, located on the eastern portion of the Tokyo Imperial Palacemarker grounds and housing the castle tower and the outer defense positions of the former Edo Castlemarker, opened to the public in 1968. Kitanomaru Park, located on Edo Castle's former northern section, has the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Artmarker and the Nippon Budokan, a venue for performances. Chidorigafuchi Boat Arena and Chidorigafuchi Moat Path includes a waterway for boats. National Diet Building Park, located adjacent to the Diet Building and divided in two by a street, includes American dogwoods planted to symbolize the relations between the United Statesmarker an Japan. Hibiya Park, Japan's first western-style park, includes restaurants, open-air concert halls, and tennis courts. Imperial Palace Outer Garden, in the front of Nijubashi Bridge, serves as a jogging trail and a tourist site.

See also


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  2. " Contact us." Embassy of the United Kingdom in Japan. Retrieved on December 28, 2008.
  3. " Welcome." Embassy of Belgium in Tokyo. Retrieved on December 28, 2008.
  4. " Ireland in Japan." Department of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved on December 28, 2008.
  5. " Welcome to the website of the Israel Embassy in Tokyo." Israel Diplomatic Network. Retrieved on December 28, 2008.
  6. " 会社概要." Bungeishunjū. Retrieved on October 1, 2009.
  7. " About Us." Datam Polystar. Retrieved on December 28, 2008.
  8. " Corporate Profile." Hakusensha. Retrieved on October 1, 2009.
  9. " Map." Mizuho Financial Group. Retrieved on December 28, 2008.
  10. " Hotel Overview." New Otani. Retrieved on April 3, 2009.
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  12. " Head Office." Shinsei Bank. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
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  14. " 会社案内." Shueisha. Retrieved on October 1, 2009.
  15. " Company Profile." Yamazaki Baking Company Limited. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  16. " 会社概要." Vie de France. Retrieved on May 18, 2009.
  17. " Offices." Mazda. Retrieved on October 29, 2009.
  18. " Company Details." Sunoco Japan. Retrieved on November 10, 2008.
  19. " International Offices." American Megatrends. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  20. " Headquarters." Hewlett Packard. Retrieved on July 23, 2009.
  21. " Chloé Offices." Chloé. Retrieved on 23 August 2009.
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  23. World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 20, 1975. " 490.
  24. "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 88." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  25. "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 50." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  26. " Company Profile." Fujitsu. January 19, 1998. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  27. " 会社概要." Galaxy Airlines. May 1, 2006. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  28. " office locations." Cantor Fitzgerald. March 4, 2000. Retrieved on October 4, 2009.
  30. " Parks in Chiyoda." City of Chiyoda. Retrieved on December 28, 2008.

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