Chiyoda Ward Guide

While most of the land in Chiyoda Ward is reserved for the heart of Tokyo's government and business districts, its central location makes it ideal for those working in and around downtown Tokyo.

Chiyoda Ward is the heart of politics in Tokyo and, by extension, Japan as a whole. A large portion of Chiyoda Ward is dedicated to government offices, buildings, and the Imperial Palace. It ranks as the least populated ward because it is primarily occupied by the Imperial Palace grounds and the government districts of Nagatacho and Kasumigaseki.

However, there are pockets of high-end residential areas, primarily in the northwest of the ward, including Iidabashi, Kagurazaka, and Bancho. Chiyoda is home to major landmarks like Tokyo Station, Yasukuni Shrine, and Akihabara electronics town. The Kanda neighborhood, just northeast of the Imperial Palace, is also well-known for being home to many universities.


Chiyoda Ward quick facts

  • Population: 63,635 (as of January 1, 2019)
  • Area: 11.66 km²
  • Density: 5,458 (/km²)
  • Population of foreign residents: 2,996 (4.7% of total population of Chiyoda)
  • About 0.6% of the total resident foreigner population of the Tokyo 23 Wards lives in Chiyoda.

Major train stations

Station Lines
Tokyo  JR Yamanote Line
 JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
 JR Chuo Line
 JR Joban Line
 JR Ueno-Tokyo Line
 JR Tokaido Main Line
 JR Keiyo Line
 JR Yokosuka Line
 Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Otemachi  Tokyo Metro Tozai Line
 Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
 Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line
 Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
 Toei Mita Line

Main residential neighborhoods

Chiyoda ranks high for

  • Upscale residential neighborhoods located near major landmarks, notably the Imperial Palace.
  • Over a dozen international embassies are located in Chiyoda, including the Belgian, British, and Irish embassies.
  • Home to Tokyo Station and the Marunouchi business district surrounding it.
  • Popular running path around the Imperial Palace (one lap around is approx. 5 km).
  • Many universities, including Meiji University, Senshu University, and Otsuma Women’s University are all located within Chiyoda Ward.
  • Cherry blossom viewing along the Chidorigafuchi moat, northwest of the Imperial Palace.

Who lives in Chiyoda Ward?

  • French expat community near Iidabashi and Ichigaya stations. This neighborhood used to be home to the French international school in Tokyo, now located Takinogawa in Kita Ward. The French Institute is located near Ichihgaya Station.
  • Those working in embassies located in Chiyoda Ward.
  • Many foreign residents here on short stays find it easy to be situated close to Tokyo Station.

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Location and highlights

Located in the center of the 23 wards, Chiyoda Ward is surrounded by Shinjuku, Minato, and Chuo Wards. To the north, Chiyoda is bordered by Taito and Bunkyo.

In addition to the dense business districts surrounding Tokyo Station (including Marunouchi, Otemachi, Shimbashi, Hibiya) and the various governmental buildings located in Chiyoda, you’ll find respected educational institutions in the heart of Tokyo. Sophia University is located on the western edge of Chiyoda Ward, in Yotsuya. Toward the northern part of Chiyoda you’ll find Meiji University, Senshu University, and Nihon University School of Law. 

The total population of Chiyoda Ward is low compared to other central wards because some of the districts in Chiyoda do not have any residential buildings. For instance, Hibiya Koen is a park, and Otemachi and Marunouchi are solely office buildings. Although fewer people reside in Chiyoda compared to other wards, the amount of offices means the daytime population soars to over 900,000 people.

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