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Encyclopedia > Chuo, Tokyo
Chuo
中央区
Location
Country Japan
Region Kanto
Prefecture Tokyo
Physical characteristics
Area 10.15 km²
Population (as of 2005)
     Total 97,987
     Density 9,654/km²
Symbols
Chuo Hall
Mayor Yoshihide Yada
Official website: Chuo
Location of Chuo-ku in Tokyo.
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Location of Chuo-ku in Tokyo.
Koban in Ginza
Koban in Ginza
Mitsukoshi Department Store
Mitsukoshi Department Store
Tsukiji Hongwanji
Tsukiji Hongwanji

Chūō (中央区 -ku) is one of the 23 special wards that form the heart of Tokyo, Japan. It is historically the main commercial center of Tokyo, although Shinjuku has risen to challenge it since the end of World War II. The ward refers to itself as Chuo City in English. Look up country in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The regions of Japan are not official administrative units, but have been traditionally used as the regional division of Japan in a number of contexts: for example, maps and geography textbooks divide Japan into the eight regions, weather reports usually give the weather by region, and many businesses and institutions... Kanto region, Japan The Kanto region (関東地方 Kantō-chihō) is a geographical area of Honshu, the largest island in Japan. ... The prefectures of Japan are the countrys 47 sub-national jurisdictions: one metropolis (都 to), Tokyo; one circuit (道 dō), Hokkaidō; two urban prefectures (府 fu), Osaka and Kyoto; and 43 other prefectures (県 ken). ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the capital and one of the forty-seven prefectures of Japan. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World map of the population density in 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger,greater) is in modern times the title of the highest ranking municipal officer, who discharges certain judicial and administrative functions, in many systems an elected politician, who serves as chief executive and/or ceremonial official of many types of municipalities. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1440x801, 42 KB) Made from merging Image:Carte Chuo-ku fr. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1440x801, 42 KB) Made from merging Image:Carte Chuo-ku fr. ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the capital and one of the forty-seven prefectures of Japan. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (820x1000, 234 KB) Koban Police Box Ginza Tokyo Japan This photograph shows a koban (police box) in the Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (820x1000, 234 KB) Koban Police Box Ginza Tokyo Japan This photograph shows a koban (police box) in the Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan. ... This koban is a landmark in the Ginza district of Tokyo A kōban (交番) is a Japanese police box. ... Download high resolution version (817x1000, 160 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (817x1000, 160 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2304x1728, 4007 KB) Tsukiji Hongwanji, Tokyo. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2304x1728, 4007 KB) Tsukiji Hongwanji, Tokyo. ... The 23 special wards (特別区 tokubetsuku) are self-governing, special municipalities in the central and most populous part of Tokyo, Japan. ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the capital and one of the forty-seven prefectures of Japan. ... Categories: Wards of Tokyo | Japan geography stubs ... Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead...


Many of the most famous sites in Tokyo are in Chuo. The Ginza, site of the former silver mint from which it takes its name, is a famous neighborhood in Chuo. The gold mint, or Kinza, formerly occupied the site of the present-day Bank of Japan headquarters building, also in Chuo. The Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan The Wako department store occupies a busy corner in Ginza Ginza (銀座) is a place in Chūō Ward, Tokyo named after the silver coin foundry or Ginza established here in 1612 (Edo period). ... The Bank of Japan has its headquarters in this building in Tokyo. ...


As of 2005, the ward has an estimated resident population of 97,987 and a density of 9654 persons per km². However, because of the concentration of businesses, offices and retail space, the daytime population swells to an estimated 650,000. The total area is 10.15 km². 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World map of the population density in 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ...

Contents

Geography

Chuo is in the eastern part of Tokyo. It is surrounded by five other special wards: Koto, Sumida, Taito, Chiyoda, and Minato. Its central location among the wards of the old Tokyo City gave rise to its name, which means "center." Kōtō (江東区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Sumida (Japanese: 墨田区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Cherry blossoms at Ueno Park Cast in 1692, the bronze bell at Sensoji rang the time for centuries. ... National Diet Building, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine, Kudan Kita 3-1-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Otemon, the Great Gate of Edo Castle (Kokyo) Chiyoda (千代田区; -ku) is a special ward in central Tokyo, Japan. ... Tokyo Tower and Zojoji by night, Shiba Park Roppongi Hills Rainbow Bridge connecting central Tokyo to Odaiba Minato (港区 -ku) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. ... Tokyo City (東京市 Tōkyō-shi) was a Japanese municipality located in the center of the Tokyo urban area. ...


History

  • 1869: A foreigners' settlement is established. It continued until about 1899.
  • 1947: The ward was founded on March 15.

1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ...

Places

  • Akashicho - Home to St. Luke's Hospital and Nursing School and the adjacent Garden Tower skyscraper.
  • Eitai Bridge - A famous bridge across the Sumida River
  • Ginza - Tokyo's most upscale shopping district, housing huge department stores such as Matsuzakaya, Mitsukoshi, Wako, and Printemps, as well as the famous Kabukiza theater. At night, Ginza is ablaze with neon lights. Exclusive bars abound.
  • Hakozaki - Location of Tokyo City Air Terminal (TCAT)
  • Hatchobori - During the Edo period, the location of the police barracks
  • Hamacho
  • Hama Rikyu - a spacious public park, formerly the property of daimyo of Koshu, and later under the administration of the Imperial Household Agency
  • Harumi - The location of a major exposition site that hosts the annual auto show and the comic market; Harumi Port is also here
  • Kabutocho - The securities district
  • Kachidoki - The location of a famous bridge of the same name over the Sumida River
  • Kayabacho
  • Kyobashi
  • Nihonbashi - Traditional commercial center housing the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Bank of Japan. Also home to the Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya department stores, and the "zero milestone" from which highway distances to Tokyo are measured.
  • Shinbashi Enbujo - A famous theater
  • Shinkawa
  • Suitengu - A Shinto shrine at which women pray for conception and safe birth
  • Sumiyoshi Shrine - A Shinto shrine with a history dating back to 1590
  • Tsukiji - Widely viewed as one of the best sushi destinations in the world because of its huge wholesale fish market, which supplies restaurants and stores across eastern Japan. Also home to the Jodo Shinshu temple of Tsukiji Hongwanji.
  • Tsukishima
  • Yaesu - District on the east side of Tokyo Station. The Yaesu side of Tokyo Station is the terminal for the Shinkansen, or "bullet train" lines.

The Sumida River flowing through Adachi, Tokyo The Sumida River (隅田川, Sumida-gawa) is a river which flows through Tokyo, Japan. ... The Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan The Wako department store occupies a busy corner in Ginza Ginza (銀座) is a place in Chūō Ward, Tokyo named after the silver coin foundry or Ginza established here in 1612 (Edo period). ... The Matsuzakaya Co. ... The Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Nihombashi section of Tokyo Utagawa Hiroshige printed a Ukiyoe, in which Mt. ... The Wako department store occupies a busy corner in Ginza Wako (和光) is the most exclusive department store in Japan, located at the heart of the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. ... Boulevard Haussmann Printemps and metro stop at night Printemps (meaning Spring in French) is a French department store (or a grand magasin, literally big store). The flagship Printemps store is located on Boulevard Haussmann in the IXe arrondissement of Paris along with other famous department stores like Galeries Lafayette. ... Kabuki-za, Tokyos premier Kabuki theater Kabuki-za ) in Ginza is the principal theater in Tokyo for the traditional kabuki drama form. ... Tokyo City Air Terminal ), or TCAT, is a public-transportation facility in the Hakozaki, Nihonbashi neighborhood of Chuo, Tokyo, Japan. ... The Edo period (Japanese: 江戸時代, Edo-jidai), also called Tokugawa period, is a division of Japanese history running from 1603 to 1867. ... Hamarikyu Gardens as seen from Tokyo Tower Hamarikyu Gardens ) is a public park in Tokyo, Japan. ... Daimyo Matsudaira Katamori visits the residence of a retainer. ... , Kofu (甲府市; Kōfu-shi) is the capital city of Yamanashi, Japan. ... The Imperial Household Agency is a government agency of Japan in charge of the state matters concerning Japans royal family. ... Kyobashi (京橋) is a district of Tokyo, Japan, located in Chiyoda Ward, east of Tokyo Station. ... Nihombashi (the bridge) Marker from which distances are measured Nihombashi (or Nihonbashi, 日本橋, lit. ... The Tokyo Stock Exchange ), or TSE, is one of the largest stock exchange markets in the world by monetary volume located in Tokyo, Japan, second only to the New York Stock Exchange. ... The Bank of Japan has its headquarters in this building in Tokyo. ... The Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Nihombashi section of Tokyo Utagawa Hiroshige printed a Ukiyoe, in which Mt. ... Namba Station and Takashimaya Osaka Department Store Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Takashimaya Co. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... A torii is a gate leading to a jinja. ... Tsukiji as seen from Shiodome Frozen tuna at Tsukiji Tuna auction at Tsukiji The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as the Tsukiji fish market (Japanese: 築地魚市場, Tsukiji uoichiba) is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market, and one of the biggest markets of any... Front row, left to right: uramaki roll, inarizushi, and nigiri (two kinds). ... Jōdo ShinshÅ« (浄土真宗 True Pure Land School), also known as Shin Buddhism, is a branch of Pure Land Buddhism derived from the teachings of the Japanese ex-Tendai monk Shinran. ... Tsukiji Honganji Tsukiji Honganji (築地本願寺), sometimes archaically romanized Hongwanji, is a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple located in the Tsukiji district of Tokyo, Japan. ... Tsukishima (月島) is a place located in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, Japan. ... Taxis line up in front of the Yaesu side of Tokyo Station. ... Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station Closeup of center exit Tokyo Station (東京駅; -eki) is a train station located in the Marunouchi business district of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district. ... 300 (Left) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 The Shinkansen (Japanese: 新幹線) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by Japan Railways. ...

Transportation

Rail

At Tokyo Station, six Shinkansen, seven ordinary railway, and one subway line serve Chuo. In addition, three Toei subway lines stop at various stations throughout the ward. Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station Closeup of center exit Tokyo Station (東京駅; -eki) is a train station located in the Marunouchi business district of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district. ... 300 (Left) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 The Shinkansen (Japanese: 新幹線) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by Japan Railways. ... The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (東京都交通局 Tōkyō-to Kōtsū-kyoku) is Tokyos public transportation authority. ...


Highway

Shuto Expressway Shuto Expressway (首都高速道路 Shuto-kōsoku-dōro Metropolitan Expressway) is a network of expressways in the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. ...

  • No. 1 Ueno Route (Edobashi JCT - Iriya)
  • No. 6 Mukojima Route (Edobashi JCT - Horikiri JCT)
  • No. 9 Fukagawa Route (Hakozaki JCT - Tatsumi JCT)
  • C1 Inner Loop (Edobashi - Takaracho - Kyobashi - Ginza - Shiodome - Hamazakibashi - Shiba Park - Tanimachi - Kasumigaseki - Daikanmachi - Edobashi)

Route 1 is one of the radial routes of the Shuto Expressway system in the Tokyo area. ... The Inner Circular Route, signed as Route C1, is one of the routes of the Shuto Expressway system serving the central part of the Greater Tokyo Area. ...

Education

Public elementary and middle schools in Chuo are operated by the Chuo City Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education (東京都教育委員会 Tōkyō-to Kyōiku Iinkai) manages public high schools in the metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. ...


Famous people

  • Aoki Kon'yo, introduced the cultivation of the sweet potato
  • Terry Ito, television director
  • Akira Emoto, actor
  • Ken'ichi Nagira, folk singer
  • Hayashiya Kikuzo, rakugo comedian

Binomial name Ipomoea batatas Linnaeus The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a crop plant whose large, starchy, sweet-tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

External links

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  • Chuo official website in English
  • Chuo official website in Japanese
  • Tokyo/Chuo travel guide from Wikitravel



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Districts and Subprefectures: Nishitama District | Hachijō Subprefecture | Miyake Subprefecture | Ogasawara Subprefecture | Ōshima Subprefecture

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