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Chūō, Tokyo

Coordinates: 35°40′N 139°46′E / 35.667°N 139.767°E / 35.667; 139.767
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Chūō City
Skyline of Chūō Ward by Sumida River
Skyline of Chūō Ward by Sumida River
Flag of Chūō
Official seal of Chūō
Location of Chūō in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Chūō in Tokyo Metropolis
Chūō is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°40′N 139°46′E / 35.667°N 139.767°E / 35.667; 139.767
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
 • MayorTaito Yamamoto
 • Total10.21 km2 (3.94 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2020[1])
 • Total169,179
 • Density16,569/km2 (42,910/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall addressTsukiji 1-1-1 Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nihonbashi in the Edo period
Nihonbashi in 1922
Night in Nihonbashi

Chūō (中央区, Chūō-ku) is a special ward in the Tokyo Metropolis in Japan. The ward refers to itself in English as Chūō City. It was formed in 1947 as a merger of Kyobashi and Nihonbashi wards following Tokyo City's transformation into Tokyo Metropolis.

Chūō-ku, as a combination of Kyobashi and Nihonbashi, is the core of Shitamachi,[2] the original downtown center of Edo-Tokyo. Literally meaning "Central Ward", it is historically the main commercial center of Tokyo, although Shinjuku has risen to challenge it since the end of World War II.

The most famous district in Chūō is Ginza, built on the site of a former silver mint from which it takes its name. The gold mint, or Kinza (金座), formerly occupied the site of the present-day Bank of Japan headquarters building, also in Chūō.

As of October 1, 2020, the ward has a resident population of 169,179, and a population density of 16,569 persons per km2. The total area is 10.21 km2. However, because of the concentration of businesses, offices and retail space, the daytime population swells to an estimated 650,000.



Chūō is in the central area of Tokyo, surrounded by the five special wards of Chiyoda, Minato, Taitō, Sumida, and Kōtō.

Administratively, Chūō is divided into the three zones of Nihonbashi, Kyobashi and Tsukishima. Nihonbashi and Kyobashi are predominantly commercial areas on the east side of Tokyo Station, and incorporate the famous districts of Ginza and Tsukiji. Tsukishima is a separate island in Tokyo Bay dominated by condominium towers.

Until World War II, the area was crisscrossed by small rivers and canals, used by small boats which were the primary vehicles of commerce at the time. After the war, many of these waterways were filled in to make way for new roads, buildings and expressways. However, the former waterways are the basis for many of the neighborhood divisions in the ward. The Sumida River forms the eastern boundary of the ward.

Chūō is physically the second-smallest ward in Tokyo, with a total area of just 10.15 km2; only Taitō is smaller.


  • 1612: Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu, planning to establish Edo as the de facto capital of Japan, begins work on a new commercial district surrounding the eastern end of the Tōkaidō, the main road connecting Tokyo and the Kansai region. During the Edo period this area is known as Edomachi—the town center of Edo. Much of the area (particularly Ginza and Tsukiji) was loose sand piled at the delta of the Sumida River before being filled in by the shogunate.
  • 1657: After a fire consumes much of the city, the area is re-planned with more canals to accommodate more maritime commerce.
  • 1869: A foreigners' settlement is established in Tsukiji. It continues until about 1899.
  • 1872: A fire consumes much of the Ginza area. In its aftermath, the governor of Tokyo re-plans Ginza to be a modern European-style commercial district between Shinbashi (the city's main railway terminal at the time) to the south and Nihonbashi (the main business and financial district) to the north.
  • 1878: Under a new local organization statute, the wards of Nihonbashi and Kyobashi are established under the government of Tokyo City, covering the area now occupied by Chūō.
  • 1945: Following Japan's defeat in World War II, several buildings are taken over by SCAP to serve as supply centers for the occupation forces. These include the Hattori Watch Company, the Matsuya department store and the Toshiba Building. The buildings are returned to Japanese civilian control by 1951.
  • 1947: Chūō Ward is founded on March 15 under the new Local Autonomy Law, merging the former Nihonbashi and Kyōbashi wards.

Districts and neighborhoods

Mitsukoshi Department Store
Tsukiji Hongwanji

Nihonbashi Area (日本橋地区)


Kyōbashi Area (京橋地区)


Tsukishima Area (月島地区)




Ricoh is headquartered in the Ricoh Building in Chūō.[3] The company moved its headquarters to the 25-story building in the Ginza area in Chūō from Minato, Tokyo in 2006. In the building the headquarters occupies the same space as its sales offices.[4][5][6] Sumitomo Corporation is headquartered in the Harumi Island Triton Square Office Tower Y in Chūō.[7] Daiichi Sankyo, a global pharmaceutical company is also headquartered in the ward, in the Daiichi Sankyo Building.[8] Oji Paper Holdings and Hokuetsu Corporation, two pulp and paper manufacturing companies have their headquarters in Ginza and Nihonbashihongoku, respectively.[9][10] J. Front Retailing has its headquarters in Yaesu.[11] Asahi Shimbun, Mitsui E&S, and Nihon Ad Systems have their headquarters in Tsukiji.[12][13][14] Ajinomoto,[15] Mitsui Fudosan,[16] Shinsei Bank, Nomura Group and Meidi-Ya are also headquartered in the ward.[17][18] Shimizu Corporation and Sumitomo Mitsui Construction, two construction companies are headquartered in the ward, the former in Kyōbashi and the latter in Tsukuda district.[19][20] Orion Breweries and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company have their Tokyo-area offices in Chūō.[21][22][23] Toray Industries, Denka and Kureha Corporation, three global chemical companies; Astellas Pharma, a global pharmaceutical company; KOSÉ, a personal care and cosmetics company; Nisshinbo Holdings, a diversified manufacturing company; and Akebono Brake Industry, an automobile component manufacturer have their headquarters in the Nihonbashi area of the ward.[24][25][26][27][28][29][30] Sumitomo Chemical is also headquartered in the ward, in the Kyōbashi area.[31] MODEC, a global supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms, T. Hasegawa, a flavors and fragrances company, and Nissan Chemical Corporation, have their corporate headquarters in the Nihonbashi district.[32][33][34]

Foreign operations


IBM has its Japan headquarters in Chūō.[35]

Former economic operations


Dai-ichi Kikaku Senden Co., Ltd. opened in Chūō in Ginza, Chūō in December 1951. In January 1958 the company relocated to a new headquarters in Ginza. The company moved to another headquarters in Ginza in September 1961 and its name changed to Dai-ichi Kikaku Co. Ltd. In November 1974, after growth, the company moved to another headquarters in Ginza. In November 1981 Dai-ichi Kikaku moved its head office to a facility in Ginza and a facility in Uchisaiwaichō, Chiyoda. The headquarters of Asatsu moved to Ginza in July 1995. Asatsu and Dai-ichi Kikaku merged into Asatsu-DK on January 1, 1999.[36]

In the late 1990s GeoCities Japan was headquartered in the Nihonbashi Hakozaki Building in Nihonbashi.[37]

Tokyopop maintained its Japanese headquarters in Mid-Tower of the Tokyo Towers.[38]

Politics and government


Chuo is run by a city assembly of 30 elected members. The current mayor is Yoshihide Yada, an independent backed Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito.







At Tokyo Station, six Shinkansen, seven ordinary railway, and one subway line serve Chūō. In addition, three Toei subway lines stop at various stations throughout the ward.



Shuto Expressway



Colleges and universities


Primary and secondary education


Public elementary and junior high schools schools in Chūō are operated by the Chūō City Board of Education (中央区教育委員会). Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

There is one prefectural high school in Chuo Ward, Harumi Sogo High School [ja].

Public junior high schools include:[40]

Public elementary schools include:[40]

See also



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  27. ^ "Corporate Profile". KOSÉ. Retrieved on February 12, 2017.
  28. ^ "Corporate Profile". Nisshinbo Holdings. Retrieved on February 13, 2017.
  29. ^ "Corporate Profile". Akebono Brake Industry. Retrieved on February 15, 2017.
  30. ^ "Corporate Profile." Kureha Corporation. Retrieved on November 21, 2018.
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  34. ^ "Corporate Profile." Nissan Chemical Corporation. Retrieved on May 8, 2019.
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  39. ^ "Access Nihonbashi Campus". Waseda University. Retrieved 2022-10-15. COREDO Nihonbashi, 1-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuuou-ku, Tokyo, 1103-0027, JAPAN
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  43. ^ "Home". Meisho Elementary School. Retrieved 2022-10-17. 104-0033  中央区新川2-13-4
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