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JAPAN is divided into 47 prefectures. Among the prefectures, Tokyo Metropolitan area contains the biggest population. This area includes Tokyo Metropolis and three neighbouring prefectures, namely Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama.

According to CIA Factbook, Japan has a total population of about 127 million as of July 2014 and close to 30% of Japan’s total population live in Tokyo Metropolitan area.

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Tokyo Metropolis

TOKYO METROPOLIS is further divided into 23 special wards and Western Tama.

The 23 special wards represent Tokyo’s most valuable real estate and densely populated area. Of the special wards, 5 wards (Chuo, Chiyoda, Minato, Shibuya and Shinjuku) represent the heart of central Tokyo.

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Chuo Ward

WHAT

Chuo, means “central” in Japanese, and is predominantly a commercial district.

LOCATION

Chuo lies to the east of Tokyo station. The commercial areas of Kyobashi and Nihonbashi (east of Tokyo Station) boast many high-rise offices after large scale redevelopment in recent years.

ICONS

The Bank of Japan and Tokyo Stock Exchange are located in Nihonbashi. Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping district and Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the largest fish markets in the world are also located in Chuo.

RESIDENTIAL

Ginza is home to some of the most exclusive high-rise apartments. Another popular residential district is Tsukishima, an island neighbourhood that boasts one of the most impressive residential high-rise and commercial developments. Harumi is another reclaimed bayside area and is undergoing a construction boom of private apartments.

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Chiyoda Ward

WHAT

Chiyoda is the greenest and is the least densely populated in Tokyo. The land in Chiyoda is predominantly taken up by the Imperial Palace, government institutions and the commercial zone of Marunouchi.

LOCATION

Chiyoda is the central ward of Tokyo and has some of the most expensive land prices in Japan. Marunouchi is in the eastern part of the ward while the government and embassy district is located to the south of the ward.

ICONS

Other points of inte rest include Tokyo Station, Akihabara electronics district, Supreme Court, National Diet Building, and the Yasukuni Shrine.

RESIDENTIAL

The high class residential neighbourhoods of Bancho, bordered by the Hanzomon, Kojimachi, Ichigaya, and Yotsuya stations are situated in the west of this ward. West Chiyoda is also home to a prestigious private university (Sophia University).

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Minato Ward

WHAT

Minato is a prime commercial area, housing the headquarters of a number of large corporations, such as Sony, Honda, Mitsubishi, NEC, and many others.

LOCATION

It faces Tokyo Bay in the east and is bordered by all of the other 4 main wards.

ICONS

It is home to the iconic Tokyo Tower, the “Effiel Tower” of Tokyo and the famous Rainbow Bridge, another enduring and recognisable image of Tokyo. The impressive large scale mega mixed-use complex of Roppongi Hills can also be found here. In the centre of Roppongi District also lies Tokyo Midtown which is a newer mixed-use project. It currently houses Galleria Building, Ritz Carlton Tokyo and the Suntory Museum of Art.

RESIDENTIAL

There are several upscale residential districts here. One of the most expensive neighbourhoods is Azabu, just south of Roppongi and Toranomon. This ward has numerous foreign embassies, for example, Singapore, USA, China, Switzerland and Australia.

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Shibuya Ward

WHAT

Shibuya is one of the 5 central wards in Tokyo, but also a popular shopping and entertainment district, particularly to the young people.

LOCATION

Shibuya lies on the west of Minato.

ICONS

Numerous department stores can be found at the streets of Shibuya. A famous point of interest is Harajuku, the center of extreme teenage cultures and fashion. East of Shibuya lies Omotesando, a tree-lined fashion avenue where top designers and modeling agencies have offices. The centre of Shibuya is dominated by Yoyogi Park and the grounds of Meiji Shrine.

RESIDENTIAL

Away from the shopping district lie the prime residential areas of Daikanyama and Ebisu, both quiet and prime residential neighbourhoods containing luxury boutiques, fashionable restaurants, and upscale shops.

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Shinjuku Ward

WHAT

Shinjuku is a major commercial and administrative centre. It also commonly refers to the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station, the world’s busiest railway station.

LOCATION

Shinjuku is a ward located west of Chiyoda.

ICONS

Many of Tokyo’s highest buildings are nestled in Skyscraper District, west of Shinjuku Station. This business district is also home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices, the administrative and bureaucratic hub of the city government. Kabukicho, Tokyo’s largest red-light district is located east of the station.

RESIDENTIAL

Some of the more prominent neighbourhoods are in the east of Shinjuku in Yotsuya and Ichigaya (both of which border Chiyoda-ku’s prime residential district). The northern part of this ward hosts several top universities such as Waseda University, and is home to many students.

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