History UsefulNotes / Tokyo

18th Apr '18 12:35:17 AM Ryulong
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!Western Tokyo
The rest of the Tokyo Metropolis is made up of several other cities (市 ''shi'') collectively known as the Tama (多摩) Region.
# Hachiōji (八王子)
# Tachikawa (立川)
# Musashino (武蔵野)
# Mitaka (三鷹)
# Ōme (青梅)
# Fuchū (府中)
# Akishima (昭島)
# Chōfu (調布)
# Machida (町田)
# Koganei (小金井)
# Kodaira (小平)
# Hino (日野)
# Higashimurayama (東村山)
# Kokubunji (国分寺)
# Kunitachi (国立)
# Fussa (福生)
# Komae (狛江)
# Higashiyamato (東大和)
# Kiyose (清瀬)
# Higashikurume (東久留米)
# Musashimurayama (武蔵村山)
# Tama (多摩)
# Inagi (稲城)
# Hamura (羽村)
# Akiruno (あきる野)
# Nishitōkyō (西東京)

Further to the west is the Nishitama District (西多摩郡), made up of 3 towns (町 ''machi'') and 1 village (村 ''mura'') rather than incorporated as cities:
# Mizuho Town (瑞穂町)
# Hinode Town (日の出町)
# Hinohara Village (檜原村)
# Okutama Town (奥多摩町)

! The Islands
Tokyo also has incorporated several islands south of the Japanese main islands as part of several Subprefectures (支庁 ''shichō'') of Tokyo. These comprise the Izu Islands and the Ogasawara Islands (also called "Bonin Islands" in English sources).
* Izu Islands
** Ōshima (大島) Subprefecture
** Miyake (三宅) Subprefecture
** Hachijō (八丈) Subprefecture
* Ogasawara Islands
** Ogasawara (小笠原) Subprefecture

The Volcano Islands are also administered as part of Tokyo, and Iwo Jima is one of these islands, but they have no civilian population.
18th Apr '18 12:10:31 AM Ryulong
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* Adachi (足立)
** A sprawling, yet sleepy, shitamachi area, mostly wedged in between the Arakawa and Nakagawa River with a small portion stretching to the northern bank of the Sumida River. This portion is Kita-Senju, a funky residential neighborhood centered around a major transfer station (for the Joban Line Rapid service, Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express and two subway lines) of the same name.
* Arakawa (荒川)
** Another one of Tokyo's main "sleeping quarters", this ward, east of the largest of the Tokyo's main rivers, the Arakawa River, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that gave it its name]], is miles upon miles of apartment buildings and [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseArchitecture typically Japanese shoebox-sized private houses]].
* Bunkyo
** [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity The Japanese equivalent of]] {{Oxbridge}} and UsefulNotes/IvyLeague is located here.
** It headquarters not only the [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity Tokyo U]], but also the only slightly less known Waseda and Keio private universities, and the less advertised, but much more posh Gakushuin, a traditional ''alma mater'' of Japan's old aristocracy, including the Emperor himself, and, surprisingly to many, Creator/HayaoMiyazaki.[[note]]Though he usually doesn't talk about it, and is a committed socialist by his political convictions, but Miya-sensei actually comes from the OldMoney family.[[/note]]
* Chiyoda

to:

* Adachi (足立)
** A sprawling, yet sleepy, shitamachi area, mostly wedged in between the Arakawa and Nakagawa River with a small portion stretching to the northern bank of the Sumida River. This portion is Kita-Senju, a funky residential neighborhood centered around a major transfer station (for the Joban Line Rapid service, Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express and two subway lines) of the same name.
* Arakawa (荒川)
** Another one of Tokyo's main "sleeping quarters", this ward, east of the largest of the Tokyo's main rivers, the Arakawa River, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that gave it its name]], is miles upon miles of apartment buildings and [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseArchitecture typically Japanese shoebox-sized private houses]].
* Bunkyo
** [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity The Japanese equivalent of]] {{Oxbridge}} and UsefulNotes/IvyLeague is located here.
** It headquarters not only the [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity Tokyo U]], but also the only slightly less known Waseda and Keio private universities, and the less advertised, but much more posh Gakushuin, a traditional ''alma mater'' of Japan's old aristocracy, including the Emperor himself, and, surprisingly to many, Creator/HayaoMiyazaki.[[note]]Though he usually doesn't talk about it, and is a committed socialist by his political convictions, but Miya-sensei actually comes from the OldMoney family.[[/note]]
* Chiyoda
01. Chiyoda (千代田)



* Chūō

to:

* Chūō02. Chūō (中央)



* Edogawa
* Itabashi
* Katsushika
** Home to Kameari Park, as well as a [[Manga/{{Kochikame}} police station]] in front of it.
* Kita
* Kōtō
** Tokyo Big Sight, where the twice-annual Comiket is held, is located in Ariake out on Tokyo Bay (next to Odaiba).
** While Odaiba is usually being thought of being in Minato, most of it is actually in Koto technically speaking, only a very small part of the whole development (officially called Tokyo Rinkai Fukutoushin, or Tokyo Waterfront Secondary Downtown), centered around Daiba station of the Yurikamome line, is officially named Daiba and is in Minato. The rest of the neigborhood, south of Wangan Road, is actually called Aomi, and, together with neighboring Ariake island, is in Koto ward. Odaiba is a strictly unofficial name and refers to the whole area, including as well the Higashi-Yashio district in Shinagawa.
* Meguro
* Minato

to:

* Edogawa
* Itabashi
* Katsushika
** Home to Kameari Park, as well as a [[Manga/{{Kochikame}} police station]] in front of it.
* Kita
* Kōtō
** Tokyo Big Sight, where the twice-annual Comiket is held, is located in Ariake out on Tokyo Bay (next to Odaiba).
** While Odaiba is usually being thought of being in Minato, most of it is actually in Koto technically speaking, only a very small part of the whole development (officially called Tokyo Rinkai Fukutoushin, or Tokyo Waterfront Secondary Downtown), centered around Daiba station of the Yurikamome line, is officially named Daiba and is in Minato. The rest of the neigborhood, south of Wangan Road, is actually called Aomi, and, together with neighboring Ariake island, is in Koto ward. Odaiba is a strictly unofficial name and refers to the whole area, including as well the Higashi-Yashio district in Shinagawa.
* Meguro
* Minato
03. Minato (港)



* Nakano
** Anime fans will know of Nakano Broadway, another mecca for related merchandise.
* Nerima
** [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf The Tendo Dojo]] would be located here.
** Nerima is still the most rural of the special wards, and until TheEighties it was mostly farmland with little development.
* Ōta
* Setagaya
** The most heavily populated ward, and home to the headquarters of some famous video game companies, including Creator/GameFreak and Creator/{{Atlus}}, creators of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchises.
* Shibuya
** Home of a really famous scramble crossing and a famous statue of UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}} the dog, both in front of the train station. Major fashion center, both in front of the station itself and in Harajuku.
* Shinagawa
** A mostly residential and commercial district, it was formerly a large suburb and a first station on the historical Tokaido road betweeen Tokyo and Osaka.
** Together with Roppongi in Minato, the ward's Shinagawa district houses most of the foreign embassies in Tokyo.
** A ''yet another'' part of the whole Odaiba, Higashi-yashio, also happens to be there.
** Shinagawa station is often adevrtised as a preferrable transfer point for the tourists heading West, towards Kyoto and Osaka, as both Narita Express[[note]]A dedicated express train [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from Narita airport]][[/note]] and Tokaido Shinkansen to Osaka stop there, and the station itself is much smaller and easier to traverse than the enormous Tokyo Station.
* Shinjuku

to:

* Nakano
** Anime fans will know of Nakano Broadway, another mecca for related merchandise.
* Nerima
** [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf The Tendo Dojo]] would be located here.
** Nerima is still the most rural of the special wards, and until TheEighties it was mostly farmland with little development.
* Ōta
* Setagaya
** The most heavily populated ward, and home to the headquarters of some famous video game companies, including Creator/GameFreak and Creator/{{Atlus}}, creators of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchises.
* Shibuya
** Home of a really famous scramble crossing and a famous statue of UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}} the dog, both in front of the train station. Major fashion center, both in front of the station itself and in Harajuku.
* Shinagawa
** A mostly residential and commercial district, it was formerly a large suburb and a first station on the historical Tokaido road betweeen Tokyo and Osaka.
** Together with Roppongi in Minato, the ward's Shinagawa district houses most of the foreign embassies in Tokyo.
** A ''yet another'' part of the whole Odaiba, Higashi-yashio, also happens to be there.
** Shinagawa station is often adevrtised as a preferrable transfer point for the tourists heading West, towards Kyoto and Osaka, as both Narita Express[[note]]A dedicated express train [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from Narita airport]][[/note]] and Tokaido Shinkansen to Osaka stop there, and the station itself is much smaller and easier to traverse than the enormous Tokyo Station.
* Shinjuku
04. Shinjuku (新宿)



* Suginami
* Sumida
** Another mostly residential quarter made famous by a [[Manga/YoureUnderArrest couple of traffic inspectors from the Bokuto neighborhood]], which ironically never had a police precinct in RealLife.
* Taitō

to:

* Suginami
* Sumida
05. Bunkyo (文京)
** Another mostly residential quarter made famous [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity The Japanese equivalent of]] {{Oxbridge}} and UsefulNotes/IvyLeague is located here.
** It headquarters not only the [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity Tokyo U]], but also the only slightly less known Waseda and Keio private universities, and the less advertised, but much more posh Gakushuin, a traditional ''alma mater'' of Japan's old aristocracy, including the Emperor himself, and, surprisingly to many, Creator/HayaoMiyazaki.[[note]]Though he usually doesn't talk about it, and is a committed socialist
by a [[Manga/YoureUnderArrest couple of traffic inspectors his political convictions, but Miya-sensei actually comes from the Bokuto neighborhood]], which ironically never had a police precinct in RealLife.
OldMoney family.[[/note]]
* Taitō06. Taitō (台東)



* Toshima

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* Toshima07. Sumida (墨田)
** Another mostly residential quarter made famous by a [[Manga/YoureUnderArrest couple of traffic inspectors from the Bokuto neighborhood]], which ironically never had a police precinct in RealLife.
** Now known as the location of the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world and the 2nd largest structure in the world behind the Burj Khalifa.
* 08. Kōtō (江東)
** Tokyo Big Sight, where the twice-annual Comiket is held, is located in Ariake out on Tokyo Bay (next to Odaiba).
** While Odaiba is usually being thought of being in Minato, most of it is actually in Koto technically speaking, only a very small part of the whole development (officially called Tokyo Rinkai Fukutoushin, or Tokyo Waterfront Secondary Downtown), centered around Daiba station of the Yurikamome line, is officially named Daiba and is in Minato. The rest of the neigborhood, south of Wangan Road, is actually called Aomi, and, together with neighboring Ariake island, is in Koto ward. Odaiba is a strictly unofficial name and refers to the whole area, including as well the Higashi-Yashio district in Shinagawa.
* 09. Shinagawa (品川)
** A mostly residential and commercial district, it was formerly a large suburb and a first station on the historical Tokaido road betweeen Tokyo and Osaka.
** Together with Roppongi in Minato, the ward's Shinagawa district houses most of the foreign embassies in Tokyo.
** A ''yet another'' part of the whole Odaiba, Higashi-yashio, also happens to be there.
** Shinagawa station is often adevrtised as a preferrable transfer point for the tourists heading West, towards Kyoto and Osaka, as both Narita Express[[note]]A dedicated express train [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from Narita airport]][[/note]] and Tokaido Shinkansen to Osaka stop there, and the station itself is much smaller and easier to traverse than the enormous Tokyo Station.
* 10. Meguro (目黒)
* 11. Ōta (大田)
* 12. Setagaya (世田谷)
** The most heavily populated ward, and home to the headquarters of some famous video game companies, including Creator/GameFreak and Creator/{{Atlus}}, creators of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchises.
* 13. Shibuya (渋谷)
** Home of a really famous scramble crossing and a famous statue of UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}} the dog, both in front of the train station. Major fashion center, both in front of the station itself and in Harajuku.
* 14. Nakano (中野)
** Anime fans will know of Nakano Broadway, another mecca for related merchandise.
* 15. Suginami (杉並)
* 16. Toshima (豊島)


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* 17. Kita (北)
* 18. Arakawa (荒川)
** Another one of Tokyo's main "sleeping quarters", this ward, east of the largest of the Tokyo's main rivers, the Arakawa River, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that gave it its name]], is miles upon miles of apartment buildings and [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseArchitecture typically Japanese shoebox-sized private houses]].
* 19. Itabashi (板橋)
* 20. Nerima (練馬)
** [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf The Tendo Dojo]] would be located here.
** Nerima is still the most rural of the special wards, and until TheEighties it was mostly farmland with little development.
* 21. Adachi (足立)
** A sprawling, yet sleepy, shitamachi area, mostly wedged in between the Arakawa and Nakagawa River with a small portion stretching to the northern bank of the Sumida River. This portion is Kita-Senju, a funky residential neighborhood centered around a major transfer station (for the Joban Line Rapid service, Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express and two subway lines) of the same name.
* 22. Katsushika (葛飾)
** Home to Kameari Park, as well as a [[Manga/{{Kochikame}} police station]] in front of it.
* 23. Edogawa (江戸川)
26th Jan '18 7:50:06 PM 64SuperNintendo
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** Another mostly residential quarter made famous by a [[Anime/YoureUnderArrest couple of traffic inspectors from the Bokuto neighborhood]], which ironically never had a police precinct in RealLife.

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** Another mostly residential quarter made famous by a [[Anime/YoureUnderArrest [[Manga/YoureUnderArrest couple of traffic inspectors from the Bokuto neighborhood]], which ironically never had a police precinct in RealLife.
10th Sep '17 10:41:10 AM Timber
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** The most heavily populated ward, and home to the headquarters of some famous video game companies, including Creator/GameFreak and Creator/{{Atlus}}, creators of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchises.
2nd Jul '17 2:35:18 AM ddyingle
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When Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in 1853 in his Black Ships, Japan realized just how far behind they were compared with the "barbarian" West, and set upon a crash modernization program. By this point, Edo had grown to a million people, and when the capital and the Emperor were transferred to the city it was renamed Tokyo, which literally means "Eastern Capital" (東京).[[note]]Incidentally, Kyoto was renamed Saikyo (西京, "Western Capital") for a short time, and the area around Nagoya, which lies about halfway between the two cities, is sometimes known as the Chukyou Area (中京, "Central Capital".) 北京 ("Northern Capital") and 南京 ("Southern Capital") are, respectively, Beijing and Nanjing, in China while ancient China also used the east & west capital namings periodically.[[/note]] From here on, Tokyo (really all of Japan's cities) exploded in growth as the nation industrialized.

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When Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in 1853 in his Black Ships, Japan realized just how far behind they were compared with the "barbarian" West, and set upon a crash modernization program. By this point, Edo had grown to a million people, and when the capital and the Emperor were transferred to the city it was renamed Tokyo, which literally means "Eastern Capital" (東京).[[note]]Incidentally, Kyoto was renamed Saikyo (西京, "Western Capital") for a short time, and the area around Nagoya, which lies about halfway between the two cities, is sometimes known as the Chukyou Area (中京, "Central Capital".) 北京 ("Northern Capital") and 南京 ("Southern Capital") are, respectively, Beijing and Nanjing, in China while ancient China also used the east east, west & west central capital namings periodically.[[/note]] From here on, Tokyo (really all of Japan's cities) exploded in growth as the nation industrialized.
2nd Jul '17 2:23:04 AM ddyingle
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When Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in 1853 in his Black Ships, Japan realized just how far behind they were compared with the "barbarian" West, and set upon a crash modernization program. By this point, Edo had grown to a million people, and when the capital and the Emperor were transferred to the city it was renamed Tokyo, which literally means "Eastern Capital" (東京).[[note]]Incidentally, Kyoto was renamed Saikyo (西京, "Western Capital") for a short time, and the area around Nagoya, which lies about halfway between the two cities, is sometimes known as the Chukyou Area (中京, "Central Capital".) 北京 ("Northern Capital") and 南京 ("Southern Capital") are, respectively, Beijing and Nanjing, in China.[[/note]] From here on, Tokyo (really all of Japan's cities) exploded in growth as the nation industrialized.

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When Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in 1853 in his Black Ships, Japan realized just how far behind they were compared with the "barbarian" West, and set upon a crash modernization program. By this point, Edo had grown to a million people, and when the capital and the Emperor were transferred to the city it was renamed Tokyo, which literally means "Eastern Capital" (東京).[[note]]Incidentally, Kyoto was renamed Saikyo (西京, "Western Capital") for a short time, and the area around Nagoya, which lies about halfway between the two cities, is sometimes known as the Chukyou Area (中京, "Central Capital".) 北京 ("Northern Capital") and 南京 ("Southern Capital") are, respectively, Beijing and Nanjing, in China.China while ancient China also used the east & west capital namings periodically.[[/note]] From here on, Tokyo (really all of Japan's cities) exploded in growth as the nation industrialized.
18th Jun '17 5:04:30 PM nombretomado
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The special wards act much like municipalities elsewhere in Japan (they elect their own mayors and city councils) but they don't have quite as much control over their area as regular municipalities - they can't pass their own laws, for instance. Local councils do promote the local economy and take care of things like car registration (ThatOtherWiki compares the situation to the boroughs of UsefulNotes/{{London}}), mainly using money granted to them by the metropolitan government. Confusingly, each special ward titles themselves as a "City" in English (e.g., "Chiyoda City").

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The special wards act much like municipalities elsewhere in Japan (they elect their own mayors and city councils) but they don't have quite as much control over their area as regular municipalities - they can't pass their own laws, for instance. Local councils do promote the local economy and take care of things like car registration (ThatOtherWiki (Wiki/ThatOtherWiki compares the situation to the boroughs of UsefulNotes/{{London}}), mainly using money granted to them by the metropolitan government. Confusingly, each special ward titles themselves as a "City" in English (e.g., "Chiyoda City").
1st Apr '17 3:00:53 AM Khathi
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** Shinagawa station is often adevrtised as a preferrable transfer point for the tourists heading West, towards Kyoto and Osaka, as both Narita Express[[note]]A dedicated express train [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from Narita airport]][[/note]] and Tokaido Shinkansen to Osaka stop there, and the station itself is much smaller and easier to traverse than the enormous Tokyo Station.


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** The ''gigantic'' Shinjuku Station is literally the busiest [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative passenger]] station in the world, serving about 4 million passengers a day.
7th Nov '16 1:47:02 PM 773202luna
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* Adachi
* Arakawa
** One of Tokyo's main "sleeping quarters", this ward, east of the largest of the Tokyo's main rivers, Ara, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that gave it its name]], is miles upon miles of apartment buildings and [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseArchitecture typically Japanese shoebox-sized private houses]].

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* Adachi
* Arakawa
Adachi (足立)
** One A sprawling, yet sleepy, shitamachi area, mostly wedged in between the Arakawa and Nakagawa River with a small portion stretching to the northern bank of the Sumida River. This portion is Kita-Senju, a funky residential neighborhood centered around a major transfer station (for the Joban Line Rapid service, Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express and two subway lines) of the same name.
* Arakawa (荒川)
** Another one
of Tokyo's main "sleeping quarters", this ward, east of the largest of the Tokyo's main rivers, Ara, the Arakawa River, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that gave it its name]], is miles upon miles of apartment buildings and [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseArchitecture typically Japanese shoebox-sized private houses]].
1st Apr '16 7:15:03 AM Khathi
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*** Chiyoda extents still largely correspond to the historical outer wall of the old Edo Castle (the current Imperial Palace is just its central part) and the land that's been reclaimed from the sea since: historically, the castle ended roughly where the Tokyo Station currently sits.
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