Koto, Tokyo

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Koto
江東区
Special ward
Kōtō City
Great Harumi Bridge in Kōtō
Great Harumi Bridge in Kōtō
Flag of Koto
Flag
Official logo of Koto
Logo
Location of Koto in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Koto in Tokyo Metropolis
Koto is located in Japan
Koto
Koto
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°40′N 139°49′E / 35.667°N 139.817°E / 35.667; 139.817Coordinates: 35°40′N 139°49′E / 35.667°N 139.817°E / 35.667; 139.817
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
Area
 • Total 39.48 km2 (15.24 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 442,271
 • Density 11,070/km2 (28,700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website www.city.koto.lg.jp

Koto (江東区 Kōtō-ku?, "East of River") is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The ward refers to itself as Kōtō City in English.

As of 2008, the ward has an estimated population of 442,271 and a population density of 11,070 persons per km². The total area is 39.48 km².

Kōtō is located east of the Tokyo metropolitan center, bounded by the Sumida-gawa to the west and the Arakawa River to the east. Its major districts include Kameido, Kiba, Kiyosumi, Monzen-nakachō, Shirakawa, and Toyosu. The newly developed waterfront area of Ariake is in Kōtō, as is part of Odaiba.

Geography[edit]

Kōtō occupies a position on the waterfront of Tokyo Bay sandwiched between the wards of Chūō and Edogawa. Its inland boundary is with Sumida. Much of the land is reclaimed, so there are few old temples or shrines.

Noteworthy places in Kōtō include:

  • In the former ward of Fukagawa: Kiba, Fukagawa, Edagawa
  • In the former ward of Jōtō: Kameido, Ōjima, Sunamachi
  • On recently reclaimed land: Ariake, Yumenoshima, Tokyo Rinkai Fukutoshin

History[edit]

The western part of the ward was formerly part of Fukagawa Ward of Tokyo City. It suffered severe damage in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, and was heavily bombed during World War II.

The special ward was founded on March 15, 1947 by the merger of the wards of Fukagawa and Jōtō.

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Highway[edit]

  • Shuto Expressway
    • C2 Central Loop (Itabashi JCT - Kasai JCT)
    • No.7 Komatsugawa Route (Ryogoku JCT - Yagochi)
    • No.9 Fukagawa Route (Hakozaki JCT - Tatsumi JCT)
    • B Bayshore Route (Kawasaki-ukishima JCT - Koya)

Air[edit]

Economy[edit]

Companies with headquarters in Koto include Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores,[1] Ibex Airlines,[2] and Maruha Nichiro.[3]

Sony operates the Ariake Business Center in Kōtō.[4] The broadcasting center of WOWOW is in Koto.[5][6]

Seta Corporation was headquartered in Kōtō.[7]

Notable places[edit]

Education[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public elementary and middle schools are operated by the Koto City Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

  • Daisan Commercial High School
  • Fukagawa High School
  • Higashi High School
  • High School of Science and Technology
  • Johtoh High School
  • Koto Business High School
  • Oedo High School
  • Sumida Technical High School

International schools[edit]

International schools are independently owned and operated.

International relations[edit]

As of April 20, 1989, Kōtō became the Sister City of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "会社概要・役員." Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores. Retrieved on December 15, 2010. "本店所在地 東京都江東区木場二丁目18番11号."
  2. ^ "Corporate Profile." Ibex Airlines. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "Corporate Data." Maruha Nichiro. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Access & Map." Sony. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  5. ^ "Corporate Info." WOWOW. Retrieved on November 20, 2010. "2-1-58, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0053" Addresses in Japanese: "東京都江東区辰巳2-1-58"
  6. ^ "Broadcasting Center." (Direct image link) WOWOW. Retrieved on November 20, 2010. Map in Japanese (Direct link)
  7. ^ "Corporation Data." Seta Corporation. February 6, 2007. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.

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