Tokyo Prefecture

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This article is about the historical Tokyo Prefecture. For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation).
Tokyo Prefecture
Prefecture of Japan
Capital Tokyo City
 •  Established 2 October 1868
 •  Disestablished 1 July 1943
Political subdivisions 3 cities
3 Districts
Today part of Part of the Tokyo Metropolis

Tokyo Prefecture (東京府?, とうきょうふ|Tōkyō-fu or Tōkei-fu) is a former Japanese government entity which existed between 1869 and 1943.[1]


Tokyo Prefectural Office and Tokyo City Hall, Taishō period

In 1943, the prefecture's municipalities, including the traditional city of Tokyo, became part of the newly created Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to?) or "Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area".[1]

Tokyo's administrative structure before 1943 (not different from Ōsaka, Kyōto)
  Tōkyō-fu ("Tokyo Prefecture")
  Tōkyō-shi ("Tokyo City") Other cities (shi) towns (machi) and villages (mura)
(until 1920s subordinate to counties/districts)
(island municipalities subordinate to subprefectures)
  Wards (ku)


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Coordinates: 35°41′N 139°46′E / 35.68°N 139.77°E / 35.68; 139.77