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Meguro City
Cherry trees along the Meguro River, near Nakameguro
Cherry trees along the Meguro River, near Nakameguro
Flag of Meguro
Official seal of Meguro
Location of Meguro in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Meguro in Tokyo Metropolis
Meguro is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°38′N 139°41′E / 35.633°N 139.683°E / 35.633; 139.683
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
 • MayorEiji Aoki
 • Total14.67 km2 (5.66 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2020[1])
 • Total288,088
 • Density19,637/km2 (50,860/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
BirdGreat tit

Meguro (目黒区, Meguro-ku) is a special ward in the Tokyo Metropolis in Japan. The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is Meguro City.[2][3] The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.

Meguro is predominantly residential in character, but is also home to light industry, corporate head offices, the Komaba campus of University of Tokyo as well as fifteen foreign embassies and consulates. Residential neighborhoods include, Jiyugaoka, Kakinokizaka, and Nakameguro. As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 277,171 and a population density of 18,890 persons per km2. The total area is 14.67 km2.

Meguro is also used to refer to the area around Meguro Station, which is not located in Meguro ward, but in neighboring Shinagawa's Kamiōsaki district.


The Higashiyama shell mound in the north of the ward contains remains from the paleolithic, Jōmon, Yayoi, and Kofun periods.

The area now known as Meguro was formerly two towns, Meguro proper and Hibusuma, all parts of the former Ebara District of Musashi Province. The two were merged into a Meguro ward for Tokyo City in 1932 and since then the ward has remained with no alterations to its territory.

The name "Meguro", meaning "black eyes", derives from the Meguro Fudō (Black-eyed Fudō-myōō) of Ryūsenji. The Meguro Fudō was one of five Fudō-myōō statues placed at strategic points on the outskirts of Edo in the early seventeenth century by the abbot Tenkai, an advisor to Tokugawa Ieyasu, to provide protection for the new capital of the Tokugawa shogunate.[4] Each statue had eyes of a different color. (Mejiro, a district in Toshima ward, is named for the white-eyed Fudō-myōō).


Hokusai ukiyo-e of a view of Mount Fuji from Shimomeguro

Four other special wards surround Meguro. They are Shibuya (to the northeast), Setagaya (to the west), Ōta (to the south), and Shinagawa (to the southeast).

Districts and neighborhoods

Politics and government

Meguro Ward Government Offices

Meguro ward government is led by the city assembly with 36 elected members with current terms from May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2015. The chairman of the council is Yoshiaki Ito.[citation needed] The mayor is Eiji Aoki, an independent. His term lasts until April 24, 2016.[citation needed]


Sightseeing and local landmarks

Meguro Sky Garden
Persimmon Hall, Meguro
Grilled Pacific saury at the Meguro Autumn Sanma Festival

Green spaces

Cultural institutions

Religious institutions


Further information: Transportation in Greater Tokyo

Naka-Meguro Station




University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus

Colleges and universities

Public schools

Metropolitan high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

In addition the metropolis operates a consolidated junior and senior high school in Meguro called Ōshūkan Secondary School.

Municipal elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Meguro City Board of Education.

Municipal junior high schools:[9]

Municipal elementary schools:[10]

International schools


Company headquarters

International relations

Friendship cities

Diplomatic missions in Meguro

Embassy of Poland at Mita

Notable people from Meguro

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Notable residents


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  15. ^ "ソウル特別市中浪区と友好都市協定を締結しました" (in Japanese). Meguro City Government. 2019-08-25. Retrieved 2023-10-28.
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