Special wards of Tokyo

Special wards of Tokyo
東京特別区
Location of Special wards of Tokyo 東京特別区
Location of Special wards of Tokyo 東京特別区
CountryJapan
IslandHonshū
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo
Area
 • 23 special wards (240.1 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2009)
 • 23 special wards8,742,995
 • Density14,061/km2 (36,418/sq mi)

Special wards of Tokyo (特別区, tokubetsu-ku) are one of the basic local entities of Japan.[1] There are 23 municipalities in the core of the capital of Japan.[2] They are "special wards" because they are different from the wards (, ku) of other major Japanese cities.[3]

History

In 1889, 15 wards were established in the city of Tokyo. The number of wards grew to 35 in 1932. The number of wards became 23 in 1947.

The traditional districts of Tokyo evolved as the city grew during the Edo period. There are many districts in Tokyo's special wards.

Other Languages
한국어: 도쿄도 구부
Bahasa Melayu: Wad khas di Tokyo
日本語: 東京都区部
português: Bairros de Tóquio