Great Harumi Bridge in Kōtō
Location of Kōtō in Tokyo
|• Mayor||Takaaki Yamazaki|
|• Total||40.16 km2 (15.51 sq mi)|
|Population (May 1, 2015)|
|• Density||12,170/km2 (31,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||東陽4-11-28
Kōtō (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 May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 488,632 and a population density of 12,170 persons per km². The total area is approximately 40.16 km².
Kōtō is located east of the Tokyo metropolitan center, bounded by the Sumida River to the west and the Arakawa River to the east. Its major districts include Kameido, Kiba, Kiyosumi, Monzen-nakachō, Shirakawa, and Toyosu. The waterfront area of Ariake is in Kōtō, as is part of Odaiba.
"Koto" means "East of River" in Japanese.
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
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.
There are 45 districts in Koto:
- JR East
- JR Freight
- Tokyo Metro
- Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation
- Tobu Railway
- Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit
- 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)
- AgeHa nightclub
- Kameido Tenjin Shrine
- Tomioka Hachiman Shrine
- Fukagawa Edo Museum
- Fukagawa Fudo-son
- Kiyosumi Garden
- Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in Kiba Park
- Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center)
- Ariake Coliseum, site of Japan Open Tennis Championships, All Japan Tennis Championships
- Ariake Tennis Forest Park, which has Ariake Coliseum and 48 tennis courts
- Suzaki Baseball Field, site of Japanese Baseball League games in 1930s
- Kiba Metropolitan Park
- Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome
- Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
- Tokyo Gate Bridge
Colleges and universities
- Ariake Junior College of Education and the Arts (Ariake Kyōiku Geijutsu Tanki Dbigaku)
- Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (Tokyo Kaiyo Daigaku, part of the national university system)
- Shibaura Institute of Technology (Shibaura Kougyō Daigaku)
Primary and secondary schools
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 are independently owned and operated.
- K. International School Tokyo
- India International School in Japan
- Tokyo Second Korean Elementary School (東京朝鮮第二初級学校) - North Korean school
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