Chuo Ward Guide

Chuo Ward is one of Tokyo’s six central wards and consists of three main districts: Nihonbashi, Kyobashi, and Tsukishima

The name “Chuo” refers to the location it holds within Tokyo (中央, chuo, means “center” in Japanese). This area comprises commercial and business districts just east of Tokyo Station like Nihombashi, where you’ll find the Tokyo Stock Exchange and more residential areas, primarily located on the man-made islands in Tokyo Bay.


Chuo quick facts

  • Population: 162,502 (as of January 1, 2019)
  • Area: 10.21 km²
  • Density: 15,916 (/km²)
  • Population of foreign residents: 7,651 (4.7% of total population of Chuo)
  • About 1.6% of the total resident foreigner population of the Tokyo 23 Wards lives in Chuo.

Major Train Stations

Station Lines
Nihombashi  Tokyo Metro Tozai Line
 Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
 Toei Asakusa Line
Ginza  Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
 Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
 Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tsukishima  Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
 Toei Oedo Line

*While technically in Chiyoda Ward, the major hub of Tokyo Station is located very close to the western border of Chuo Ward.

Main residential neighborhoods

Ranks high for

  • Luxury shopping is plentiful in Ginza.
  • Newly-constructed apartment buildings close to business districts.

Who lives in Chuo Ward?

  • Those on transfer assignments who need to live close to business districts.
  • Professionals and families living in residential neighborhoods of Harumi, Kachidoki, and Tsukushima.

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Location and highlights

There are quite a few famous department stores in the Ginza area which have been main fixtures of Chuo Ward for hundreds of years. Although it started as a kimono store in 1673, Mitsukoshi has one of the longest histories of any department store in Japan.

Tsukiji, the former location of the Tokyo wholesale fish market, is also located in Chuo Ward. The market was moved to Toyosu in Koto Ward, in October 2018, but Tsukiji still has some of the city’s best sushi restaurants.

Recent development projects have also boosted the reputation of the area as a hub for fine dining and luxury shopping in Tokyo. The streets of Ginza are lined with world famous luxury brands such as BVLGARI, Tiffany & Co., and Chanel.

As a central ward, there is a high number of company headquarters in the area. Sumitomo Corporation (international trading company), Ajinomoto (food and biotechnology), and Ricoh (imaging and electronics) are just examples of the variety of companies headquartered in Chuo Ward. The Japanese headquarters for IBM is also in Chuo. 

Most of the residences in Chuo Ward will be found toward the waterfront. There are a number of high-rise apartment buildings built on reclaimed land around Kachidoki and Tsukishima. The proximity to business districts and modern conveniences of new buildings have attracted many young families looking for an apartment in Tokyo.

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