Koto, Tokyo

Special ward
Kōtō City

Great Harumi Bridge in Kōtō



Location of Koto in Tokyo

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°40′N 139°49′E / 35.667°N 139.817°E / 35.667; 139.817Coordinates: 35°40′N 139°49′E / 35.667°N 139.817°E / 35.667; 139.817
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
  Mayor Takaaki Yamazaki[1]
  Total 40.16 km2 (15.51 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
  Total 488,632
  Density 12,170/km2 (31,500/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 東陽4-11-28[2]
Website www.city.koto.lg.jp

Koto (江東区 Kōtō-ku, "East of River") is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The ward refers to itself as Kōtō City in English.

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 488,632 and a population density of 12,170 persons per km². The total area is 40.16 km².

Kōtō is located east of the Tokyo metropolitan center, bounded by the Sumida-gawa to the west and the Arakawa River to the east. Its major districts include Kameido, Kiba, Kiyosumi, Monzen-nakachō, Shirakawa, and Toyosu. The waterfront area of Ariake is in Kōtō, as is part of Odaiba.


"Koto" means "East of River" in Japanese.


Kōtō occupies a position on the waterfront of Tokyo Bay sandwiched between the wards of Chūō and Edogawa. Its inland boundary is with Sumida. Much of the land is reclaimed, so there are few old temples or shrines.

Noteworthy places in Kōtō include:


The western part of the ward was formerly part of Fukagawa Ward of Tokyo City. It suffered severe damage in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, and was heavily bombed during World War II.

The special ward was founded on March 15, 1947 by the merger of the wards of Fukagawa and Jōtō.


There are 45 districts in Koto:[3]

Map of Koto and its districts
  • Aomi
  • Ariake
  • Botan
  • Eitai
  • Edagawa
  • Echujima
  • Fukagawa
  • Fukuzumi
  • Furuishiba
  • Fuyuki
  • Higashisuna
  • Hirano
  • Ishijima
  • Kameido
  • Kitasuna
  • Kiba
  • Kiyosumi
  • Minamisuna
  • Miyoshi
  • Mori
  • Morishita
  • Monzennakacho
  • Ogibashi
  • Ojima
  • Saga
  • Sarue
  • Sengoku
  • Shiohama
  • Shiomi
  • Shinonome
  • Shirakawa
  • Shinoohashi
  • Shin-Kiba
  • Shinsuna
  • Sumiyoshi
  • Senda
  • Takabashi
  • Tatsumi
  • Toyo
  • Tokiwa
  • Tomioka
  • Toyosu
  • Umibe
  • Wakasu
  • Yumenoshima


Further information: Transportation in Greater Tokyo





Companies with headquarters in Koto include Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores,[4] Ibex Airlines,[5] Fujikura,[6] and Maruha Nichiro.[7]

Sony operates the Ariake Business Center in Kōtō.[8] The broadcasting center of WOWOW is in Koto.[9][10]

Seta Corporation was headquartered in Kōtō.[11]


The main city office for Koto City is located in Toyo. There are branch offices located in Shirakawa, Tomioka, Toyosu, Komatsubashi, Kameido, Ojima, Sunamachi and Minamisuna.[12]

The main Koto Ward office located in Toyo, Koto-Ku

Notable places


Colleges and universities

Primary and secondary schools

Public elementary and middle schools are operated by the Koto City Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

International schools

International schools are independently owned and operated.

International relations

As of April 20, 1989, Kōtō became the Sister City of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.


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  3. "江東区の地理と地名". Retrieved 28 Apr 2015.
  4. "会社概要・役員." Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores. Retrieved on December 15, 2010. "本店所在地 東京都江東区木場二丁目18番11号."
  5. "Corporate Profile." Ibex Airlines. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  6. " Corporate Profile." Fujikura. Retrieved on June 17, 2014.
  7. "Corporate Data." Maruha Nichiro. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  8. "Access & Map." Sony. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  9. "Corporate Info." WOWOW. Retrieved on November 20, 2010. "2-1-58, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0053" Addresses in Japanese: "東京都江東区辰巳2-1-58"
  10. "Broadcasting Center." (Direct image link) WOWOW. Retrieved on November 20, 2010. Map in Japanese (Direct link)
  11. "Corporation Data." Seta Corporation. February 6, 2007. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  12. Koto City webpage Koto City/English/Koto City Office Guide Retrieved November 21, 2014
  13. "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. Retrieved on October 14, 2015. "東京朝鮮第二初級学校 135-0051 東京都江東区枝川1-11-26 "
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