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Chiyoda (千代田区 Chiyoda-ku?) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan.[1]

The municipality calls itself "Chiyoda City" in English.[2]


During the Edo period, most of the people living in this area were samurai.[3]

Chiyoda developed around the Imperial Palace.[3] The Imperial Palace area occupies about one sixth of the area of Chiyoda. There was previously another castle here during the Edo period, but it was destroyed.

On March 15, 1947, the ward of Chiyoda was formed by combining the wards of Kanda and Kōjimachi.[4]

The Diet of Japan, the Supreme court of Japan and home of the Prime Minister of Japan are all in Chiyoda.


Chiyoda is in the center of Tokyo. It borders Chūō and Minato on the south. Shinjuku is on the ward's western border. Bunkyō and Taitō is on the northern border.

The ward has an area of 11.64 km2 (4.49 sq mi). The Imperial Palace covers about 12 percent of this area.

In Chiyoda is the hub of the Shinkansen high-speed train network, Tokyo Station.

Related pages


  1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), "Municipalities within Tokyo"; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  2. Chiyoda City; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Chiyoda" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 117.
  4. (in Japanese). Tokyo Metropolitan Archives. 

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