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Taitō City[1]
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Left:Asakusa Senso Temple and Nakamise Street, Tokyo National Museum of Ueno, Ueno Zoo, Right:Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park, View of cherry blossom in Ueno Park, Ameya-yokocho shopping street (all items from above to bottom)
Flag of Taitō
Official logo of Taitō
Location of Taitō in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Taitō in Tokyo Metropolis
Taitō is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°42′45″N 139°46′48″E / 35.71250°N 139.78000°E / 35.71250; 139.78000Coordinates: 35°42′45″N 139°46′48″E / 35.71250°N 139.78000°E / 35.71250; 139.78000
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
 • MayorYukuo Hattori
 • Total10.11 km2 (3.90 sq mi)
 (May 1, 2015)
 • Total186,276
 • Density18,420/km2 (47,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
TreeCherry blossom
FlowerIpomoea nil
City Hall AddressHigashiueno 4-5-6, Taitō-ku, Tokyo 110-8615
A street in Ueno, Taitō
The statue of Saigō Takamori in Ueno Park
Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden is the former estate of the Iwasaki clan, who were founders of Mitsubishi. The building was constructed in Western style.
The five-storied pagoda at Sensō-ji

Taitō (台東区, Taitō-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. In English, it is known as Taitō City.[1]

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 186,276, and a population density of 18,420 persons per km2. The total area is 10.11 square kilometres (3.90 sq mi). This makes Taito ward the smallest of Tokyo's wards in area, and third-smallest in population.


The ward was founded on March 15, 1947, with the merger of the old Asakusa and Shitaya wards when Tokyo City was transformed into Tokyo Metropolis. During the Edo period, the Yoshiwara licensed quarter was in what is now Taitō. Taitō shares the same Chinese characters, "台東" with Taitung, a city in Taiwan.


Situated in the northeastern portion of the wards area of Tokyo, Taitō is surrounded by five other special wards: Chiyoda, Bunkyō, Arakawa, Sumida and Chūō.

Districts and neighborhoods[edit]


Taitō is famous for its typical Shitamachi districts.

Temples and shrines[edit]


Cherry blossom in Ueno Park

Museums and zoos[edit]


Suzumoto Vaudeville Hall in Ueno
Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park
  • Suzumoto Engeijo (Suzumoto Vaudeville Hall)
  • Asakusa Vaudeville Hall


Colleges and universities[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Taito operates public elementary and junior high schools.

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

  • Hakuo High School
  • Kuramae Technical High School
  • Shinobugaoka High School
  • Taito Commercial High School
  • Taito Chuyakan High School
  • Ueno High School
  • Ueno Shinobugaoka High School

The school district of the metropolis also operates one metropolitan junior high school:

  • Hakuo Junior High School

Public libraries[edit]

Taito operates several public libraries, including the Central Library, the Central Library Asakusabashi Branch, the Negishi Library, and the Ishihama Library. The Central Library is located in the first and second floors of the Lifelong Learning Center.[2]


The city operates the Lifelong Learning Center, a complex including a multi-media room, a studio, and other facilities. The Central Library is on the first and second floors of the Lifelong Learning Center.[2]


Eiken Chemical, a clinical diagnostics and equipment manufacturer, has its headquarters in Taito.[3] Tokyo Ricoh Office Solution and Ricoh Technosystems, divisions of Ricoh, are headquartered in Taitō as of 2008.[4][5] Chikumashobo, a publisher, has its headquarters in the Kuramae (蔵前) area of the ward.[6]







Sports and recreation[edit]

The City of Taito operates the Taito Riverside Sports Center. The center includes a gymnasium, tennis courts, two baseball fields for adults, one baseball field for children, one large swimming pool, one children's pool, and an athletic field. The gymnasium includes two courts, two budo halls, a Japanese-style archery range, a sumo ring, a training room, a table tennis room, an air-rifle shooting range, and a meeting room.[2]



  1. ^ a b English name of Taitō
  2. ^ a b c "Public Facilities." City of Taito. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
  3. ^ "Corporate Profile." Eiken Chemical. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Topics – Annual Report 2006." Ricoh. Retrieved January 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "Ricoh Group Registration Scope." Ricoh. Retrieved January 13, 2009.
  6. ^ 筑摩書房 会社概要. Chikumashobo. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 本社 〒111-8755 東京都台東区蔵前2-5-3 (Archive).
  7. ^ Brecher, Puck (2009). "Down and out in Negishi: Reclusion and Struggle in an Edo Suburb" (PDF). The Journal of Japanese Studies. The Society for Japanese Studies. 35 (1): 18. JSTOR 27756616. Retrieved November 14, 2021.

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