Minato, Tokyo

Special ward
Minato City

The skyscrapers of Shiodome in Minato Ward


Location of Minato in Tokyo

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°39′29.05″N 139°45′5.76″E / 35.6580694°N 139.7516000°E / 35.6580694; 139.7516000Coordinates: 35°39′29.05″N 139°45′5.76″E / 35.6580694°N 139.7516000°E / 35.6580694; 139.7516000
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
  Mayor Masaaki Takei
  Total 20.37 km2 (7.86 sq mi)
Population (1 July 2015)
  Total 243,094
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website www.city.minato.tokyo.jp

Minato (港区 Minato-ku, "Harbor") is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is also called Minato City in English.

As of 1 July 2015, it has an official population of 243,094,[1] and a population density of 10,850 persons per km². The total area is 20.37 km².

Minato hosts a large number of embassies. It is also home to various domestic companies, including Honda, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, NEC, Sony,[2] Fujitsu,[3] and Toshiba, as well as the Japanese headquarters of a number of multi-national firms, including Google,[4] Apple[5] and Goldman Sachs.[6]


Minato is located southwest of the Imperial Palace and has boundaries with the special wards of Chiyoda, Chūō, Kōtō (in Odaiba), Shinagawa, Shibuya, and Shinjuku.



The ward was founded on March 15, 1947 with the merger of Akasaka, Azabu, and Shiba Wards. The name minato means "port".

Politics and government

Minato is governed by mayor Masaaki Takei, an Independent supported by all major parties except the Japanese Communist Party. The city legislative assembly has 51 members and is dominated by the Liberal Democratic Party.



Colleges and universities

Primary and secondary schools

Mita Junior High School

The city's public elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Minato City Board of Education.

Mita Junior High School (三田中学校) opened in 2001 after the merger of Minato Junior High School and Shibahama Junior High School.

The local public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

There are also a variety of private schools, including:

Public libraries

The city operates the Minato Library, the Mita Library, the Azabu Library, the Akasaka Library, the Takanawa Library, and the Konan Library.[9] The metropolis operates the Tokyo Metropolitan Library Central Library in Minato. The library opened in 1973.[10]


Panorama view of Minato

Companies with headquarters in Minato include Air Nippon,[11] All Nippon Airways (ANA),[12][13] ANA & JP Express,[14] All Nippon Airways Trading,[15] Animax,[16] Asmik Ace Entertainment,[17] Cosmo Oil Company,[18] Daicel,[19] Dentsu,[20] Fujifilm,[21] Fuji Xerox,[22] Fujitsu,[23] Hazama Ando,[24] Japan Tobacco,[25] Kajima,[26] Kaneka Corporation,[27] Konami,[28] KYB Corporation,[29] Kyodo News,[30] Mitsubishi Motors,[31] Mitsui Chemicals,[32] Mitsui O.S.K. Lines,[33] Mitsui Oil Exploration Company,[34] NEC,[35] Nippon Sheet Glass,[36] NYK Line,[37] Obayashi Corporation,[38] Pizza-La,[39] The Pokémon Company,[40] Sega Sammy Holdings,[41] Sigma Seven,[42] Sony,[43] SUMCO,[44] Toraya Confectionery,[45] Toyo Suisan (owns the branch Maruchan),[46] TV Tokyo,[47] WOWOW,[48] and Yazaki.[49] In addition ANA subsidiary Air Japan has some offices in Minato.[50]

Foreign companies

The Japanese division of CB&I,[51] the Japanese division of Aramark and Aim Services,[52] Google Japan,[53] Yahoo! Japan,[54] and the main Japanese offices of Hanjin and Korean Air are located there.[55] Air France operates an office and ticketing counter in the New Aoyama Building in Minato.[56] The Japanese division of Deutsche Post, DHL. Air France's Minato office handles Aircalin-related inquiries.[57] Air China has operations in the Air China Building in Minato.[58] Asiana Airlines operates a sales office on the sixth floor of the ATT New Tower Building.[59] Hawaiian Airlines has its Japan offices in the Eagle Hamamatsuchō Building (イーグル浜松町ビル Īguru Hamamatsuchō Biru) in Minato.[60] Iran Air has its Tokyo office in Akasaka.[61]

Former economic operations

Japanese companies that formerly had headquarters in Minato include Air Next,[62] Airtransse,[63] Asatsu,[64] Jaleco Holding,[65][66] Ricoh,[67][68] Toa Domestic Airlines (later Japan Air System and later Japan Air Lines),[69][70][71]

On December 22, 2008 operations of Seiko Epson's Tokyo sales office began at Seiko Epson's Hino Office in Hino, Tokyo. Previously operations were at the World Trade Center in Minato.[72][73]

Diplomatic missions

Several countries operate their embassies in Minato.








Rainbow Bridge connecting central Tokyo to Odaiba
Tokyo Cruise Ship Himiko


Tokyo's main ferry terminal is located adjacent to Takeshiba Station on the Yurikamome, due east of JR Hamamatsucho Station.

Notable people from Minato


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