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[update], it has an official population of
243,094, 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,
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, NEC, Sony, Fujitsu, and Toshiba,
as well as the Japanese headquarters of a number of multi-national
firms, including Google, Apple and Goldman Sachs.
3 Politics and government
5.1 Colleges and universities
5.2 Primary and secondary schools
5.3 Public libraries
6.1 Foreign companies
6.2 Former economic operations
7 Diplomatic missions
10 Notable people from Minato
12 External links
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 "harbor".
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
Minato mayoral election, 2008
Mita (1, 2, 3-chōme)
Mita (4, 5-chōme)
Kaigan (2, 3-chōme)
Colleges and universities
Jikei University School of Medicine
Jikei University School of Medicine Nishi
Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Kanazawa Institute of Technology Graduate school;
Meiji Gakuin University
Meiji Gakuin University
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Shibaura Institute of Technology
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Tokyo Institute of Medical Science
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
Government Board of Education.
Akasaka High School (東京都立赤坂高等学校) (since merged
with another school)
Mita High School (東京都立三田高等学校)
Roppongi High School
Shiba Commercial High School (東京都立芝商業高等学校)
There are also a variety of private schools, including:
Friends School, a Quaker school established in 1887.
Meiji Gakuin Senior High School in Shirokane
Russian Embassy School in
Tokyo in Azabudai
The city operates the Minato Library, the Mita Library, the Azabu
Library, the Akasaka Library, the
Takanawa Library, and the Konan
Library. The metropolis operates the
Tokyo Metropolitan Library
Central Library in Minato. The library opened in 1973.
Panorama view of Minato
Companies with headquarters in Minato include Air Nippon, All
Nippon Airways (ANA), ANA & JP Express, All Nippon
Airways Trading, Animax, Asmik Ace Entertainment,
Brainlab, Cosmo Oil Company, Daicel, Dentsu,
Fujifilm, Fuji Xerox, Fujitsu, Haseko, Hazama
Japan Tobacco, Kajima, Kaneka Corporation,
Konami, KYB Corporation, Kyodo News, Mitsubishi
Motors, Mitsui Chemicals, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Mitsui Oil
Exploration Company, NEC, Nippon Sheet Glass, NYK
Line, Obayashi Corporation, Pizza-La, The Pokémon
Company, Toagosei, Sega Sammy Holdings, Sigma Seven,
Sony, SUMCO, Toraya Confectionery,
Toyo Suisan (owns the
branch Maruchan), TV Tokyo, WOWOW, and Yazaki. In
addition ANA subsidiary Air
Japan has some offices in Minato.
The Japanese division of CB&I, the Japanese division of
Aramark and Aim Services,
Google Japan, Yahoo! Japan, and
the main Japanese offices of
Korean Air are located
Air France operates an office and ticketing counter in the
New Aoyama Building in Minato. The Japanese division of Deutsche
Post, DHL. Air France's Minato office handles Aircalin-related
Air China has operations in the
Air China Building in
Asiana Airlines operates a sales office on the sixth floor
of the ATT New Tower Building.
Hawaiian Airlines has its Japan
offices in the Eagle
Hamamatsuchō Biru) in
Iran Air has its
Tokyo office in Akasaka.
Former economic operations
Japanese companies that formerly had headquarters in Minato include
Air Next, Airtransse, Asatsu,
Ricoh, Toa Domestic Airlines (later
Japan Air System and later
Japan Air Lines),
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.
Embassy of the
United States in Japan
Several countries operate their embassies in Minato.
F.S. of Micronesia
Papua New Guinea
Akasaka: A large residential and commercial area in northern Minato
which includes the Akasaka Palace,
State Guest House
State Guest House and surrounding
gardens, TBS radio and television studios,
Ark Hills complex, National
Art Center, and the embassy of the United States.
Aoyama: Home to Aoyama Cemetery, one of Tokyo's largest graveyards,
and the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium.
Atago Shrine, the highest point in all 23 wards of Tokyo.
Azabu: One of Tokyo's more upscale residential areas, home to many
Fushimi Sanpō Inari Jinja: A Shinto shrine in Shiba 3-chōme.
Hamamatsucho Station is the terminal for the Tokyo
Monorail to Haneda Airport.
Mita: Home to
Keio University and a large number of small Buddhist
The National Art Center,
Tokyo is a museum that opened in 2007.
Odaiba: One of Tokyo's most popular entertainment areas, featuring the
Fuji TV studios,
Palette Town shopping complex, Dream Bridge, Tokyo
Big Sight, and more. Located on an artificial island in
Tokyo Bay, it
is connected to central
Tokyo by the
Yurikamome transit line over the
Roppongi: Tokyo's best-known nightlife district, especially popular
among foreigners; also home to the
Roppongi Hills complex, which
houses the studios of TV Asahi, the
J-Wave radio station, the Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Hotel, and a shopping complex.
Shiba Park: Houses the
Tokyo Tower is located one block
Shinbashi Station, the northern terminal of Japan's first
railway line. Also home to the Shiosite office and entertainment
complex, which houses
Nippon Television studios.
Shirokanedai: Home to Meiji Gakuin University.
Takanawa: Home to the
Sōtō temple of Sengaku-ji.
one of Tokyo's largest train stations, is located in Takanawa,
although it is associated with
Shinagawa to the south. An area of many
1980s hotels including the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, Grand Prince
Hotel New Takanawa, and Pacific Meridien Hotel.
Tokyo studios and the
Toranomon Station underground
Tsuki no Misaki
Tsuki no Misaki is a plateau.
Keikyu Main Line
Keikyu Main Line (
Toei Asakusa Line
Toei Asakusa Line (Shimbashi Station, Daimon Station, Mita Station,
Sengakuji Station, Takanawadai Station)
Toei Oedo Line
Toei Oedo Line (
Shiodome Station, Daimon Station, Akabanebashi
Station, Azabu-juban Station,
Roppongi Station, Aoyama-itchome
Toei Mita Line
Toei Mita Line (Uchisaiwaicho Station, Onarimon Station, Shiba-koen
Station, Mita Station, Shirokane-
Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (Akasaka Station, Nogizaka Station,
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (Shimbashi Station,
Tameike-sanno Station, Akasaka-mitsuke Station, Aoyama-itchome
Station, Gaienmae Station, Omotesando Station)
Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (Aoyama-itchome Station, Omotesando Station)
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Kamiyacho Station,
Roppongi Station, Hiroo
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (Akasaka-mitsuke Station)
Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (Tameike-sanno Station, Roppongi-itchome
Station, Azabu-juban Station, Shirokane-
Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai
Japan Railway Company (JR East)
Yamanote Line (Shimbashi Station, Hamamatsucho
Station, Tamachi Station,
Tōkaidō Main Line
Tōkaidō Main Line (Shimbashi Station,
Yokosuka Line (Shimbashi Station,
Japan Railway Company (JR Central)
Tōkaidō Shinkansen (
Tokyo Monorail (Hamamatsucho Station)
Yurikamome (Shimbashi Station,
Shiodome Station, Takeshiba Station,
Hinode Station, Shibaura-futo Station, Odaiba-kaihin-koen Station,
Rainbow Bridge connecting central
Tokyo to Odaiba
Tokyo Cruise Ship Himiko
No. 1 Haneda Route (Edobashi JCT – Iriya)
Meguro Route (Ichinohashi JCT – Togoshi)
No.11 Daiba Route (
Shibaura JCT – Ariake JCT)
B Bayshore Route (Namiki – Kawasaki-ukishima JCT)
C1 Inner Loop (Edobashi – Takaracho – Kyobashi – Ginza –
Shiodome – Hamazakibashi –
Shiba Park – Tanimachi –
Kasumigaseki – Daikanmachi – Edobashi)
Route 1 (Sakurada-dori)
Route 15 (Dai-Ichi Keihin)
Route 246 (Aoyama-dori)
Other major roads:
Tokyo's main ferry terminal is located adjacent to Takeshiba Station
on the Yurikamome, due east of JR Hamamatsucho Station.
Notable people from Minato
Hirohito, the 124th Emperor of Japan
Takeichi Nishi, an
Imperial Japanese Army
Imperial Japanese Army officer, equestrian show
jumper, and Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics
Kanoko Okamoto (1889–1939), poet, born in Akasaka Ward (present-day
Sho Sakurai, actor and singer, affiliated with Arashi
Haruomi Hosono, experimental electronic pop musician, noted for the
commissioned Muji background music.
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