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Special ward
Taitō City[1]
A street in Ueno, Taitō
A street in Ueno, Taitō
Flag of Taitō
Official logo of Taitō
Location of Taitō in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Taitō in Tokyo Metropolis
Taitō is located in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
 • Mayor (Ward) Hiroshi Yoshizumi (since May 2003)
 • Total 10.08 km2 (3.89 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total 168,909
 • Density 16,745.86/km2 (43,371.6/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Tree Cherry blossom
Flower Ipomoea nil
Website .html/taitou-e/english/
The statue of Saigō Takamori in Ueno Park
Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden is the former estate of the Iwasaki clan, who were founders of Mitsubishi. The building was constructed in Western style.
The five-storied pagoda at Sensō-ji

Taitō (台東区 Taitō-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. In English, it is known as Taito City.[1]

As of April 1, 2011, the ward has an estimated population of 168,909, with 94,908 households and a population density of 16,745.86 persons per km². The total area is 10.08 km². This makes Taito ward the smallest of Tokyo's wards in area, and third smallest in population.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Landmarks 3
    • Districts 3.1
    • Temples and shrines 3.2
    • Parks 3.3
    • Museums and zoos 3.4
    • Entertainment 3.5
  • Education 4
    • Colleges and universities 4.1
    • Primary and secondary schools 4.2
    • Public libraries 4.3
    • Other 4.4
  • Economy 5
    • Retail 5.1
    • Other 5.2
  • Events 6
  • Transportation 7
    • Rail 7.1
    • Highways 7.2
  • Sports and recreation 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


The ward was founded on March 15, 1947. During the Edo period, the Yoshiwara licensed quarter was in what is now Taitō.


Situated in the northeastern portion of the wards area of Tokyo, Taitō is surrounded by five other special wards: Chiyoda, Bunkyō, Arakawa, Sumida and Chūō.


Taitō is famous for its typical Shitamachi districts.


Temples and shrines


Cherry blossom in Ueno Park

Museums and zoos


Suzumoto Vaudeville Hall in Ueno
Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park
  • Suzumoto Engeijo (Suzumoto Vaudeville Hall)
  • Asakusa Vaudeville Hall


Colleges and universities

Primary and secondary schools

Taito operates public elementary and junior high schools.

Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

  • Hakuo High School
  • Kuramae Technical High School
  • Shinobugaoka High School
  • Taito Commercial High School
  • Taito Chuyakan High School
  • Ueno High School
  • Ueno Shinobugaoka High School

The school district of the metropolis also operates one metropolitan junior high school:

  • Hakuo Junior High School

Public libraries

Taito operates several public libraries, including the Central Library, the Central Library Asakusabashi Branch, the Negishi Library, and the Ishihama Library. The Central Library is located in the first and second floors of the Lifelong Learning Center.[2]


The city operates the Lifelong Learning Center, a complex including a multi-media room, a studio, and other facilities. The Central Library is on the first and second floors of the Lifelong Learning Center.[2]


Bandai headquarters

The headquarters of Bandai and Bandai Channel are located in Taitō.[3] Tokyo Ricoh Office Solution and Ricoh Technosystems, divisions of Ricoh, are headquartered in Taitō as of 2008.[4][5] Chikumashobo, a publisher, has its headquarters in the Kuramae (蔵前) area of the ward.[6]

In August 1991, the Bandai Visual headquarters moved to Taitō. In March 1994, the headquarters moved to another location in Taitō. In September 2004, the headquarters moved to its current location in Shiodome, Minato, Tokyo.[7]



  • Taiyo Yuden, electronics and materials company in Ueno





Sports and recreation

The City of Taito operates the Taito Riverside Sports Center. The center includes a gymnasium, tennis courts, two baseball fields for adults, one baseball field for children, one large swimming pool, one children's pool, and an athletic field. The gymnasium includes two courts, two budo halls, a Japanese-style archery range, a sumo ring, a training room, a table tennis room, an air-rifle shooting range, and a meeting room.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b English name of Taitō
  2. ^ a b c "Public Facilities." City of Taito. Accessed August 27, 2008.
  3. ^ "Bandai Group Establishes 'Bandai Channel' to Distribute Broadband Content." Bandai Group. March 4, 2004. Retrieved on March 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "Topics - Annual Report 2006." Ricoh. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "Ricoh Group Registration Scope." Ricoh. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "筑摩書房 会社概要" (Archive). Chikumashobo. Retrieved on November 2, 2014. "本社 〒111-8755 東京都台東区蔵前2-5-3"
  7. ^ "History." Bandai Visual. Retrieved on March 16, 2010.

External links

  • Taitō City official website (Japanese)
  • Taitō City official website (English)
  • Taito Culture Guide Book "Bunka Tabou" (English)
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