is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. As of 1 March 2008, it had an official population of 217,335 and a density of 10,865 persons per km². The total area is 20.34 km².
Minato hosts 49 embassies. It is also home to various companies,
, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
, Mitsubishi Motors
located southwest of the Imperial
Palace and has boundaries with the special wards of
Chiyoda, Chūō, Kōtō (in Odaiba), Shinagawa, Shibuya, and Shinjuku.
was founded on March 15, 1947 with the merger of Akasaka, Azabu, and
Politics and Government
Minato is governed by mayor Masaaki Takei, an Independent
supported by all major
parties except the Japanese
. The city legislative assembly has 51 members
and is dominated by the Liberal Democratic
Colleges and universities
Primary and secondary schools
Mita Junior High School
The city's public elementary and junior high schools are operated
by the Minato City Board
in English, 
opened in 2001 after the merger of Minato Junior High School ( ) and Shibahama Junior High School ( ) were merged. (JA)
The local public high schools are operated by the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Board of Education
There are also a variety of private schools, including the Friends School
, a Quaker school
established in 1887.
The city operates the Minato Library, the Mita Library, the Azabu
Library, the Akasaka Library, the Takanawa Library, and the Konan
Library.The metropolis operates the Tokyo Metropolitan Library
Central Library in Minato. The library opened in 1973
Various companies have offices in Minato. The Shiodome City Center building in
Shiodome, Shinbashi includes the corporate headquarters and public and
investor relations offices of Fujitsu, the
headquarters of All Nippon
Airways, and the headquarters of ANA subsidiaries Air Nippon, ANA
& JP Express, and All Nippon Airways Trading.
addition ANA subsidiary Air Japan
offices in Shiodome City Center. Prior to moving into the Shiodome
City Center, ANA Trading was headquartered in the in Minato.
Dentsu has its headquarters in the Dentsu
Building in the
Shiodome district. The Pokémon Company has its
headquarters in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Roppongi. Sega Sammy
is headquartered in the Shiodome Sumitomo Building in
is headquartered in Minato. In
Minato Sony also operates the Shinagawa Technology Center in the
InterCity C Tower and the Takanawa Office. Sony moved to Minato
from Shinagawa, Tokyo
end of 2006. TV
Tokyo has its headquarters in Minato. Sigma Seven
, a talent management firm, is in
Minato. Nippon Cargo Airlines
is headquartered in Minato. Asmik Ace Entertainment
headquartered in Minato. Toyo Suisan
which owns the branch Maruchan
headquartered in Minato. Japan Tobacco
has its headquarters in Minato. Kyodo
is also centered in Minato.
The Japanese division of CB&I
Japanese division of Aramark
Services, Yahoo! Japan
, and the main Japanese offices of
are located there. Air France
operates an office and ticketing counter in the New Aoyama Building
in Minato. Air France's Minato office handles Aircalin
-related inquiries. Air China
has operations in the Air China Building
in Minato. Asiana Airlines
a sales office on the sixth floor of the ATT New Tower
At one point Alaska Airlines
maintained an office in Chiyoda.
Former economic operations
1967 the headquarters of Asatsu moved to
Shinbashi, Minato. The headquarters moved to Ginza, Chuo in July 1995.
In 1975 and 1985
Toa Domestic Airlines (later Japan Air
) was headquartered in Minato. Before relocating to
was headquartered in Minato. In 2006 Ricoh's
headquarters moved to a 25-story building in the Ginza area in
On December 22, 2008 operations of Seiko Epson
's Tokyo sales office began at Seiko
Epson's Hino Office in Hino, Tokyo
Previously operations were at the World Trade Center in Minato. In
September 2004 Airtransse
, a regional
airline, was headquartered in Minato. In February 2005 Air Next
, an ANA subsidiary, was headquartered in
Several countries operate their embassies in Minato. Embassies of
Argentina, Syria, United Kingdom and of the United States are in
- Akasaka: A large
residential and commercial area in northern Minato which includes
Palace, State Guest House and surrounding gardens, TBS radio and television studios, Ark Hills complex, National Art Center, and the embassy of the United States.
- Aoyama: Home to
Aoyama Cemetery, one of Tokyo's largest graveyards, and the
Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium.
- Atago Shrine, the highest
point in all 23 wards of Tokyo.
- Azabu: One of
Tokyo's more upscale residential areas, home to many
- Fushimi Sanpō Inari Jinja: A Shinto shrine in Shiba 3-chōme.
- Hamamatsuchō: Hamamatsucho Station is the terminal for the Tokyo Monorail to Haneda
- Mita: Home to Keio
University and a large
number of small Buddhist temples.
- The National Art Center,
Tokyo is a museum that opened in 2007.
- Odaiba: One of
Tokyo's most popular entertainment areas, featuring the Fuji
TV studios, Palette Town
shopping complex, Dream Bridge, Tokyo Big Sight, and more. Located on an artificial island in Tokyo
Bay, it is connected to central Tokyo by the Yurikamome transit line over the Rainbow
- Roppongi: Tokyo's best-known nightlife district, especially
popular among foreigners; also home to the Roppongi
Hills complex, which houses the studios of TV Asahi, the J-Wave radio station,
the Tokyo Grand Hyatt Hotel, and a
Park: Houses the Zojoji
temple. Tokyo Tower is located one block away.
- Shinbashi: Shinbashi Station, the northern terminal of Japan's first railway
line. Also home to the Shiosite office and entertainment complex, which
- Shirokanedai: Home to Meiji Gakuin University.
- Takanawa: Home to
the Soto temple of Sengaku-ji. Shinagawa Station, one of Tokyo's largest train stations, is located
in Takanawa, although it is associated with Shinagawa to the south. An area of
many 1980s hotels including the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa,
Grand Prince Hotel New
Takanawa, and Pacific
- Toranomon: TV Tokyo studios and the Toranomon Station underground complex.
- Tsuki no Misaki is a
- Keikyu Main
- Toei Asakusa
Station, Mita Station, Sengakuji
- Toei Oedo Line
Station, Akabanebashi Station, Azabu-juban Station, Roppongi
Station, Aoyama-itchome Station)
- Toei Mita Line
Onarimon Station, Shiba-koen Station, Mita Station, Shirokane-Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai Station)
- Tokyo Metro:
Metro Chiyoda Line (Akasaka
Station, Omotesando Station)
Metro Ginza Line (Shimbashi Station, Toranomon Station, Tameike-sanno Station, Akasaka-mitsuke Station, Aoyama-itchome Station, Gaiemmae
Station, Omotesando Station)
Metro Hanzomon Line (Aoyama-itchome Station, Omotesando Station)
Metro Hibiya Line (Kamiyacho Station, Roppongi
Metro Marunouchi Line (Akasaka-mitsuke Station)
Metro Namboku Line (Tameike-sanno Station, Roppongi-itchome Station, Azabu-juban Station, Shirokane-Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai Station)
- East Japan Railway
Company (JR East)
- Central Japan Railway
Company (JR Central)
- Tokyo Monorail
Station, Hinode Station,
Station, Daiba Station)
- Shuto Expressway:
- No. 1 Haneda Route (Edobashi JCT – Iriya)
- No. 2 Meguro Route (Ichinohashi JCT – Togoshi)
- No.11 Daiba Route (Shibaura JCT – Ariake JCT)
- B Bayshore Route (Namiki – Kawasaki-ukishima JCT)
- C1 Inner Loop (Edobashi – Takaracho – Kyobashi – Ginza –
Shiodome – Hamazakibashi – Shiba Park – Tanimachi – Kasumigaseki –
Daikanmachi – Edobashi)
- National roads:
- Route 1 (Sakurada-dori)
- Route 15 (Dai-Ichi Keihin)
- Route 246 (Aoyama-dori)
- Other major roads:
main ferry terminal is located adjacent to Takeshiba Station on the Yurikamome, due
east of JR Hamamatsucho Station.
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