Chiyoda City
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Official seal of Chiyoda
Location of Chiyoda in Tokyo
Location of Chiyoda in Tokyo
Chiyoda is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°41′38.41″N 139°45′12.94″E / 35.6940028°N 139.7535944°E / 35.6940028; 139.7535944
 • MayorTakaaki Higuchi [ja]
 • Total11.66 km2 (4.50 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2020)
 • Total66,680[1]
 • Density5,710/km2 (14,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address1-2-1 Kudanminami,
Chiyoda, Tokyo
Chiyoda City Office
Seimon Ishibashi, Imperial Palace

Chiyoda (Japanese: 千代田区, Hepburn: Chiyoda-ku, IPA: [tɕijoda] ), known as Chiyoda City in English,[2] is a special ward of Tokyo, Japan. Located in the heart of Tokyo's 23 special wards, Chiyoda consists of the Imperial Palace and a surrounding radius of about a kilometer (1000 yards), and is known as the political and financial center of Japan. As of October 2020, the ward has a population of 66,680, and a population density of 5,709 people per km2 (14,786 per sq. mi.), making it by far the least populated of the special wards. The total area is 11.66 km2 (4½ sq. mi.), of which the Imperial Palace, Hibiya Park, National Museum of Modern Art, and Yasukuni Shrine take up approximately 2.6 km2 (1 sq. mi.), or 22% of the total area.

Chiyoda is known the financial center of Japan; the districts of Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho east of the palace (an area colloquially known as "Daimaruyu") house the headquarters of 19 Fortune 500 companies, is the source of roughly 10% of the combined revenue of all Japanese companies,[3] and produced the equivalent of around 1/4th of the GDP of the country in 2017.[4] With a day population of around 850,000, its day/night population ratio is by far the highest of all municipalities in Japan. Tokyo Station, Tokyo's main inter-city rail terminal and the busiest train station in Japan in terms of scheduled trains, is also located in Chiyoda.

National Diet Building

Chiyoda is also the political center of the country.[5] Chiyoda, literally meaning "field of a thousand generations", inherited the name from the Chiyoda Castle, the other name for Edo Castle, which is the site of the present-day Imperial Palace. With the seat of the Emperor in the Imperial Palace at the ward's center, many government institutions, such as the National Diet, the Prime Minister's Official Residence, the Supreme Court, ministries, and agencies are also located in Chiyoda, as are Tokyo landmarks such as Yasukuni Shrine and the Nippon Budokan. Other notable neighborhoods of Chiyoda include Akihabara, Iidabashi and Kanda.

The ward was formed in 1947 as a merger of Kanda and Kōjimachi wards following Tokyo City's transformation into Tokyo Metropolis. The modern Chiyoda ward exhibits contrasting Shitamachi and Yamanote geographical and cultural divisions. The Kanda area is in the core of Shitamachi,[6] the original commercial center of Edo-Tokyo. On the other hand, the western part of the Kōjimachi area typically represents a Yamanote district.


Chiyoda has been a site of a number of historical events.


At the tip of Musashino plateau, Chiyoda is located at the very heart of former Tokyo City in eastern mainland Tokyo. The central area of the ward is furthermore occupied by the Imperial Palace. The east side of the ward, bordering Chūō, is the location of Tokyo Station. The south side, bordering Minato, encompasses Hibiya Park and the National Diet Building. It is almost exclusively occupied by administrations and agencies. The west and northwest are primarily upper class residential; the Yasukuni Shrine is also there. The "high lantern" of Kudanzaka slope was not originally built as a lighthouse, but was built as a lantern for the Shrine. Originally steep and with steps, the slope was considerably softened during remediation after the Kanto earthquake.[7] To the north and northeast of the ward are several residential neighborhoods and the Akihabara commercial district.

Politics and government

Local government

Chiyoda is run by a directly elected mayor and a city assembly of 25 elected members. The current mayor is Takaaki Higuchi.

Metropolitan representation

For the Metropolitan Assembly, Chiyoda forms a single-member electoral district. It had been represented by Liberal Democrats for 50 years until the landslide 2009 election when then 26-year-old Democratic newcomer Zenkō Kurishita unseated 70-year-old former Metropolitan Assembly president and six term assemblyman, Liberal Democrat Shigeru Uchida.[8] In the 2013 election, no Democrat contested the seat and Uchida won back the district against a Communist and two independents.

The Tokyo Fire Department has its headquarters in Ōtemachi in Chiyoda.[9]

National representation

For the national House of Representatives, Chiyoda, together with Minato and Shinjuku, forms the prefecture's 1st electoral district since the electoral reform of the 1990s. The district is currently represented by Constitutional Democrat Banri Kaieda.

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


On December 31, 2001, Chiyoda had 6,572 buildings which were four stories or taller.[2]

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 or Marunouchi), and/or because they are extremely small. The area on the eastern side of Akihabara Station is the location of several districts that cover at most a few buildings. Kanda-Hanaokachō is, for example, limited to the Akihabara Station and the Yodobashi Camera department store. Understanding the address system in the Kanda area can be particularly troublesome for non-locals.

Districts and neighborhoods

Kōjimachi area

Hibiya Park

Kanda area

Pedestrian zone in Akihabara

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 except Kanda-Sarugakuchō and Kanda-Misakichō. All officially start with the prefix "Kanda-", but it is sometimes omitted in daily life. Iwamotochō and Kanda-Iwamotochō are different districts (as is the case for Kajichō and Kanda-Kajichō)


Yasukuni Shrine
Otemon, the Great Gate of Edo Castle

Parks and recreation


East Imperial Garden, located on the eastern portion of the Tokyo Imperial Palace grounds and housing the castle tower and the outer defense positions of the former Edo Castle, opened to the public in 1968. Kitanomaru Park, located on Edo Castle's former northern section, has the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art 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 States and 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.[10]

Points of historical interest


Chiyoda office buildings street level
Chiyoda office buildings from the Imperial Palace Outer Garden
Chiyoda office buildings
Shueisha headquarters
Illuminated facade of a 3-storey restaurant in Chiyoda

On October 1, 2001, Chiyoda had 36,233 business establishments with 888,149 employees.[2]

0verflow,[11] Asahi Glass,[12] Bungeishunjū,[13] Calbee,[14] Creatures Inc.,[15] Datam Polystar,[16] DIC Corporation,[17] Dowa Holdings,[18] Furukawa Electric,[19] HAL Laboratory,[20] Hakusensha,[21] Jaleco,[22] The Japan FM Network Company,[23] Japan Freight Railway Company,[24] Japan Post Holdings,[25] JFE Holdings,[26] Kadokawa Corporation,[27] KDDI,[28] Konica Minolta,[29] Kyowa Hakko Kirin,[30] Lixil Group Corporation,[31] Maeda Corporation,[32] Mitsubishi Estate,[33] MCDecaux,[34] Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group,[35] Mizuho Financial Group,[36] Nabtesco,[37] Nakano Corporation,[38] New Otani,[39] Nikken Sekkei,[40] Nippon Cable,[41] Nippon Flour Mills,[42] Nippon Paper Industries,[43] Nippon Soda,[44] Nippon Suisan Kaisha,[45] Nitto Boseki,[46] NTT docomo,[47] Orient Watch Company,[48] Seibu Kaihatsu,[49] Seven & i Holdings,[50] Shin-Etsu Chemical,[51] Shogakukan,[52] Shueisha,[53] SMC Corporation,[54] Sony Music Entertainment Japan,[55] Tanaka Kikinzoku Group,[56] Toho,[57] Toho Zinc,[58] Tokio Marine Nichido,[59] Tokuyama Corporation,[60] Tokyo FM,[23] Toppan Printing,[61] Ushio, Inc.,[62] Yamazaki Baking Company,[63] Vie de France,[64] YKK Group,[65] and Yomiuri Shimbun are headquartered in Chiyoda.[66] Mazda has an office in Chiyoda.[67]

Foreign operations

Foreign companies with Japanese divisions in Chiyoda include Aeroméxico,[68] AMI Japan (subsidiary of American Megatrends),[69] Chloé Japan,[70] Hewlett-Packard Japan,[71] LVMH,[72] Ropes & Gray,[73] Sidley Austin,[74] Sunoco,[75] and Swiss International Air Lines.[76]

Former operations

Japanese companies which formerly had their headquarters in Chiyoda include All Nippon Airways,[77] Bandai Visual,[78] Galaxy Airlines,[79] Japan Airlines,[80] Japan Asia Airways,[80] Mitsui Chemicals,[81] Nippon Cargo Airlines,[82] Taito,[83] and Yamato Life.[84] In 1998 Fujitsu operated a branch office in Chiyoda.[85] At one point, Cantor Fitzgerald had an office in Chiyoda.[86]


Further information: Transportation in Greater Tokyo

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


Primary and secondary schools

Hibiya High School

As of 1 May 2003, Chiyoda has eight elementary schools, with 2,647 students, and five junior high schools with 1,123 students.[2] Public elementary, junior high schools and Kudan Secondary School in Chiyoda are operated by the Chiyoda City (the Chiyoda Ward) Board of Education [ja]. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

Public schools

Prefectural high schools
Municipal secondary (junior-senior high) schools
Municipal junior high schools

There is a freedom of choice system for junior high schools in Chiyoda Ward, and so there are no specific junior high school attendance zones.[89]

Municipal elementary schools

Private schools

Primary and secondary schools
Secondary schools
Primary schools

Colleges and universities

Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy 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 adjacent to Yotsuya Station and the Ichigaya Campus just south of Ichigaya Station.

Globis University Graduate School of Management which is the largest business school in Japan is also located in Chiyoda. Hosei University, Meiji University, Senshu University, Nihon University and so on are located in the area.


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 Library and the National Archives. Ishikawa Enterprise Foundation Ochanomizu Library is a nearby private library.[101]

Diplomatic missions

Embassy of the United Kingdom, Tokyo

Several countries operate their embassies in Chiyoda.


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