Kōtō (江東区, Kōtō-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The ward refers to itself as Kōtō City in English. As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 488,632, and a population density of 12,170 persons per km². The total area is approximately 40.16 km².
|• Mayor||Takaaki Yamazaki|
|• Total||40.16 km2 (15.51 sq mi)|
(May 1, 2015)
|• Density||12,170/km2 (31,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+09:00 (JST)|
|City hall address||東陽4-11-28|
Kōtō is located east of the Tokyo metropolitan center, bounded by the Sumida River to the west and the Arakawa River to the east. Its major districts include Kameido, Kiba, Kiyosumi, Monzen-nakachō, Shirakawa, and Toyosu. The waterfront area of Ariake is in Kōtō, as is part of Odaiba.
"Kōtō" (江東) means "East [of the] River" in Japanese. The tō (東) in Kōtō means "East" and is the same character as the Tō in Tokyo (東京).
Kōtō occupies a position on the waterfront of Tokyo Bay sandwiched between the wards of Chūō and Edogawa. Its inland boundary is with Sumida. Much of the land is reclaimed, The northern part is old reclaimed land, and the elevation is very low（below sea level. The southern part is relatively new, but there are few old temples or shrines.
Noteworthy places in Kōtō include:
- In the former ward of Fukagawa: Kiba, Fukagawa, Edagawa;
- In the former ward of Jōtō: Kameido, Ōjima, Sunamachi;
- On recently reclaimed land: Ariake, Yumenoshima, Tokyo Rinkai Fukutoshin.
The western part of the ward was formerly part of Fukagawa Ward of Tokyo City. It suffered severe damage in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, and was heavily bombed during World War II. The special ward was founded on March 15, 1947, by the merger of the wards of Fukagawa and Jōtō.
There are 45 districts in Koto:
- JR East
- JR Freight
- Tokyo Metro
- Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation
- Tobu Railway
- Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit
- Shuto Expressway
- C2 Central Loop (Itabashi JCT – Kasai JCT)
- No.7 Komatsugawa Route (Ryogoku JCT – Yagochi)
- No.9 Fukagawa Route (Hakozaki JCT – Tatsumi JCT)
- B Bayshore Route (Kawasaki-ukishima JCT – Koya)
- AgeHa nightclub
- Kameido Tenjin Shrine
- Tomioka Hachiman Shrine
- Fukagawa Edo Museum
- Fukagawa Fudo-son
- Kiyosumi Garden
- Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in Kiba Park
- Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center)
- Ariake Coliseum, site of Japan Open Tennis Championships, All Japan Tennis Championships
- Ariake Tennis Forest Park, which has Ariake Coliseum and 48 tennis courts
- Suzaki Baseball Field, site of Japanese Baseball League games in 1930s
- Kiba Metropolitan Park
- Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome
- Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
- Tokyo Gate Bridge
- Dream Bridge
Colleges and universitiesEdit
- Ariake Junior College of Education and the Arts (Ariake Kyōiku Geijutsu Tanki Dbigaku)
- Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (Tokyo Kaiyo Daigaku, part of the national university system)
- Shibaura Institute of Technology (Shibaura Kougyō Daigaku)
Primary and secondary schoolsEdit
Public elementary and middle schools are operated by the Koto City Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.
- Daisan Commercial High School
- Fukagawa High School
- Higashi High School
- High School of Science and Technology
- Johtoh High School
- Koto Business High School
- Oedo High School
- Sumida Technical High School
International schools are independently owned and operated.
Notable people from KōtōEdit
- Yuto Horigome, Japanese skateboarder, 2020 Olympic gold medalist
- Shōta Sometani, Japanese actor
- Takaaki Yamazaki, Japanese politician and the current mayor of Kōtō
- Kazuto Sakata, Japanese former professional motorcycle racer and two-time F.I.M. 125cc world champion
- Anne Nakamura (Real Name: Yuko Nakamura, Nihongo: 中村 友子, Nakamura Yūko), Japanese model, tarento and actress
- Daisuke Gōri, Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator
- Genki Sudo, Japanese politician, former entertainer and kickboxer
- Ben Kimura, Japanese politician
- Hiroshi Yamamoto, Japanese professional shogi player ranked 4-dan
- Tomomi Kahara (Real Name: Tomomi Shimogawara, Nihongo: 下河原 朋美, Shimogawara Tomomi), Japanese pop singer
- Akihito Hirose, Japanese professional shogi player ranked 8-dan
- Hiromu Watanabe, Japanese professional shogi player ranked 5-dan
- Yasuko Kobayashi, Japanese anime and tokusatsu drama screenwriter
- Yōhei Kajiyama, Japanese former football player
- Yugo Iiyama, Japanese football player (Iwate Grulla Morioka, J3 League)
- Tetsuo Kurata (Real Name: Tetsuo Kakimoto, Nihongo: 柿本 哲夫, Kakimoto Tetsuo) Japanese television, stage, film actor and restaurateur (Kamen Rider Black and Kamen Rider Black RX)
- Tomokazu Seki, Japanese actor, Seiyū and singer of Fushigi Yūgi, Weiss Kruez, You're Under Arrest, Initial D, Mobile Suite Gundam Seed & Mobile Suite Gundam Seed DESTINY.
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