Special ward
Meguro City

Cherry trees along the Meguro River, near Nakameguro


Location of Meguro in Tokyo Metropolis

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°38′N 139°41′E / 35.633°N 139.683°E / 35.633; 139.683Coordinates: 35°38′N 139°41′E / 35.633°N 139.683°E / 35.633; 139.683
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
  Mayor Eiji Aoki
  Total 14.67 km2 (5.66 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
  Total 277,171
  Density 18,890/km2 (48,900/sq mi)
  Tree Castanopsis
  Flower Lespedeza
  Bird Great tit
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Meguro (目黒区 Meguro-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is Meguro City.[1][2] The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.

Meguro is predominantly residential in character, but is also home to light industry, corporate head offices, the Komaba campus of University of Tokyo as well as fifteen foreign embassies and consulates. Residential neighborhoods include, Jiyugaoka, Kakinokizaka, and Nakameguro. As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 277,171 and a population density of 18,890 persons per km2. The total area is 14.67 km2.


The Higashiyama shell mound in the north of the ward contains remains from the paleolithic, Jōmon, Yayoi, and Kofun periods.

The area now known as Meguro was formerly two towns, Meguro proper and Hibusuma, all parts of the former Ebara District of Musashi Province. The two were merged into a Meguro ward for Tokyo City in 1932 and since then the ward has remained with no alterations to its territory.

The name "Meguro," meaning "black eyes", derives from the Meguro Fudō (Black-eyed Fudō-myōō) of Ryūsenji. The Meguro Fudō was one of five Fudō-myōō statues placed at strategic points on the outskirts of Edo in the early seventeenth century by the abbot Tenkai, an advisor to Tokugawa Ieyasu, to provide protection for the new capital of the Tokugawa shogunate.[3] Each statue had eyes of a different color. (Another Tokyo ward, Mejiro is named for the white-eyed Fudō-myōō).


Hokusai ukiyo-e of a view of Mount Fuji from Shimo Meguro

Four other special wards surround Meguro. They are Shibuya (to the northeast), Setagaya (to the west), Ōta (to the south), and Shinagawa (to the southeast).


Meguro area

Hibusuma area

  • Ōokayama
  • Kakinokizaka
  • Jiyūgaoka
  • Senzoku
  • Tairamachi
  • Takaban
  • Chūōchō
  • Nakane
  • Haramachi
  • Higashigaoka
  • Himonya
  • Midorigaoka
  • Minami
  • Megurohonchō
  • Yakumo

Politics and government

Meguro Ward Government Offices

Meguro ward government is led by the city assembly with 36 elected members with current terms from May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2015. The chairman of the council is Yoshiaki Ito. The mayor is Eiji Aoki, an independent. His term lasts until April 24, 2016.


Sightseeing and local landmarks

Persimmon Hall, Meguro
Grilled Pacific saury at the Meguro Autumn Sanma Festival

Green spaces

Cultural institutions

Religious institutions


Further information: Transportation in Greater Tokyo




Colleges and universities

Public schools

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

In addition the metropolis operates a consolidated junior and senior high school called Ohsyukan Secondary Education School.



Notable people from Meguro

Notable residents


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