For the video game company, see Taito. For other uses, see Taito (disambiguation).
Special ward
Taitō City[1]

A street in Ueno, Taitō



Location of Taitō in Tokyo Metropolis


Coordinates: 35°42′45.39″N 139°46′47.98″E / 35.7126083°N 139.7799944°E / 35.7126083; 139.7799944Coordinates: 35°42′45.39″N 139°46′47.98″E / 35.7126083°N 139.7799944°E / 35.7126083; 139.7799944
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
  Mayor (Ward) Hiroshi Yoshizumi (since May 2003)
  Total 10.11 km2 (3.90 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
  Total 186,276
  Density 18,420/km2 (47,700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Tree Cherry blossom
Flower Ipomoea nil
Website www.city.taito.tokyo.jp/foreign/english/taitou-e.html
The statue of Saigō Takamori in Ueno Park
Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden is the former estate of the Iwasaki clan, who were founders of Mitsubishi. The building was constructed in Western style.
The five-storied pagoda at Sensō-ji

Taitō (台東区 Taitō-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. In English, it is known as Taito City.[1]

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 186,276 and a population density of 18,420 persons per km². The total area is 10.11 km². This makes Taito ward the smallest of Tokyo's wards in area, and third smallest in population.


The ward was founded on March 15, 1947. During the Edo period, the Yoshiwara licensed quarter was in what is now Taitō.


Situated in the northeastern portion of the wards area of Tokyo, Taitō is surrounded by five other special wards: Chiyoda, Bunkyō, Arakawa, Sumida and Chūō.


Taitō is famous for its typical Shitamachi districts.


Temples and shrines


Cherry blossom in Ueno Park

Museums and zoos


Suzumoto Vaudeville Hall in Ueno
Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park


Colleges and universities

Primary and secondary schools

Taito operates public elementary and junior high schools.

Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

The school district of the metropolis also operates one metropolitan junior high school:

Public libraries

Taito operates several public libraries, including the Central Library, the Central Library Asakusabashi Branch, the Negishi Library, and the Ishihama Library. The Central Library is located in the first and second floors of the Lifelong Learning Center.[2]


The city operates the Lifelong Learning Center, a complex including a multi-media room, a studio, and other facilities. The Central Library is on the first and second floors of the Lifelong Learning Center.[2]


Tokyo Ricoh Office Solution and Ricoh Technosystems, divisions of Ricoh, are headquartered in Taitō as of 2008.[3][4] Chikumashobo, a publisher, has its headquarters in the Kuramae (蔵前) area of the ward.[5]







Sports and recreation

The City of Taito operates the Taito Riverside Sports Center. The center includes a gymnasium, tennis courts, two baseball fields for adults, one baseball field for children, one large swimming pool, one children's pool, and an athletic field. The gymnasium includes two courts, two budo halls, a Japanese-style archery range, a sumo ring, a training room, a table tennis room, an air-rifle shooting range, and a meeting room.[2]


  1. 1 2 English name of Taitō
  2. 1 2 3 "Public Facilities." City of Taito. Accessed August 27, 2008.
  3. "Topics - Annual Report 2006." Ricoh. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  4. "Ricoh Group Registration Scope." Ricoh. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  5. "筑摩書房 会社概要" (Archive). Chikumashobo. Retrieved on November 2, 2014. "本社 〒111-8755 東京都台東区蔵前2-5-3"
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