Wards of Japan

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Japanese cities subdivided into wards

A ward (, ku) is a subdivision of the cities of Japan that are large enough to have been designated by government ordinance. [1] Wards are used to subdivide each city designated by government ordinance ("designated city"). The 23 special wards of Tokyo Metropolis have a municipal status, and are not the same as other entities referred to as ku, although their predecessors were.


Wards are local entities directly controlled by the municipal government. They handle administrative functions such as koseki registration, health insurance, and property taxation. Many wards have affiliated residents' organizations for a number of tasks, although these do not have any legal authority.

List of wards

WardJapaneseCityArea (km2)
Chūō 中央区 Chiba 44.69
Hanamigawa 花見川区 Chiba 34.19
Inage 稲毛区 Chiba 21.22
Midori 緑区 Chiba 66.25
Mihama 美浜区 Chiba 21.20
Wakaba 若葉区 Chiba 84.21
Chūō 中央区 Fukuoka 15.39
Hakata 博多区 Fukuoka 31.62
Higashi 東区 Fukuoka 69.36
Jōnan 城南区 Fukuoka 15.99
Minami 南区 Fukuoka 30.98
Sawara 早良区 Fukuoka 95.87
Nishi 西区 Fukuoka 84.16
Hamakita 浜北区 Hamamatsu 66.50
Higashi 東区 Hamamatsu 46.29
Kita 北区 Hamamatsu 295.54
Minami 南区 Hamamatsu 46.84
Naka 中区 Hamamatsu 44.34
Nishi 西区 Hamamatsu 114.71
Tenryū 天竜区 Hamamatsu 943.84
Aki 安芸区 Hiroshima 94.08
Asakita 安佐北区 Hiroshima 353.33
Asaminami 安佐南区 Hiroshima 117.24
Higashi 東区 Hiroshima 39.42
Minami 南区 Hiroshima 26.30
Naka 中区 Hiroshima 15.32
Nishi 西区 Hiroshima 35.61
Saeki 佐伯区 Hiroshima 225.22
Asao 麻生区 Kawasaki 23.25
Kawasaki 川崎区 Kawasaki 39.53
Miyamae 宮前区 Kawasaki 18.61
Nakahara 中原区 Kawasaki 14.74
Saiwai 幸区 Kawasaki 10.01
Takatsu 高津区 Kawasaki 16.36
Tama 多摩区 Kawasaki 20.50
Kokurakita 小倉北区 Kitakyushu 39.23
Kokuraminami 小倉南区 Kitakyushu 171.74
Moji 門司区 Kitakyushu 73.67
Tobata 戸畑区 Kitakyushu 16.61
Wakamatsu 若松区 Kitakyushu 71.31
Yahatahigashi 八幡東区 Kitakyushu 36.26
Yahatanishi 八幡西区 Kitakyushu 83.13
Chūō 中央区 Kobe 28.97
Higashinada 東灘区 Kobe 34.02
Hyōgo 兵庫区 Kobe 14.68
Kita 北区 Kobe 240.29
Nada 灘区 Kobe 32.66
Nagata 長田区 Kobe 11.36
Nishi 西区 Kobe 138.01
Suma 須磨区 Kobe 28.93
Tarumi 垂水区 Kobe 28.11
Chūō 中央区 Kumamoto 25.45
Higashi 東区 Kumamoto 50.19
Kita 北区 Kumamoto 115.34
Minami 南区 Kumamoto 110.01
Nishi 西区 Kumamoto 89.33
Fushimi 伏見区 Kyoto 61.66
Higashiyama 東山区 Kyoto 7.48
Kamigyō 上京区 Kyoto 7.03
Kita 北区 Kyoto 94.88
Minami 南区 Kyoto 15.81
Nakagyō 中京区 Kyoto 7.41
Nishikyō 西京区 Kyoto 59.24
Sakyō 左京区 Kyoto 246.77
Shimogyō 下京区 Kyoto 6.78
Ukyō 右京区 Kyoto 292.07
Yamashina 山科区 Kyoto 28.70
Atsuta 熱田区 Nagoya 8.20
Chikusa 千種区 Nagoya 18.18
Higashi 東区 Nagoya 7.71
Kita 北区 Nagoya 17.53
Meitō 名東区 Nagoya 19.45
Midori 緑区 Nagoya 37.91
Minami 南区 Nagoya 18.46
Minato 港区 Nagoya 45.63
Mizuho 瑞穂区 Nagoya 11.22
Moriyama 守山区 Nagoya 34.01
Naka 中区 Nagoya 9.38
Nakagawa 中川区 Nagoya 32.02
Nakamura 中村区 Nagoya 16.30
Nishi 西区 Nagoya 17.93
Shōwa 昭和区 Nagoya 10.94
Tenpaku 天白区 Nagoya 21.58
Akiha 秋葉区 Niigata 95.38
Chūō 中央区 Niigata 37.75
Higashi 東区 Niigata 38.62
Kita 北区 Niigata 107.72
Kōnan 江南区 Niigata 75.42
Minami 南区 Niigata 100.91
Nishi 西区 Niigata 94.09
Nishikan 西蒲区 Niigata 176.55
Higashi 東区 Okayama 160.53
Kita 北区 Okayama 450.70
Minami 南区 Okayama 127.48
Naka 中区 Okayama 51.25
Abeno 阿倍野区 Osaka 5.98
Asahi 旭区 Osaka 6.32
Chūō 中央区 Osaka 8.87
Fukushima 福島区 Osaka 4.67
Higashinari 東成区 Osaka 4.54
Higashisumiyoshi 東住吉区 Osaka 9.75
Higashiyodogawa 東淀川区 Osaka 13.27
Hirano 平野区 Osaka 15.28
Ikuno 生野区 Osaka 8.37
Joto 城東区 Osaka 8.38
Kita 北区 Osaka 10.34
Konohana 此花区 Osaka 19.25
Minato 港区 Osaka 7.86
Miyakojima 都島区 Osaka 6.08
Naniwa 浪速区 Osaka 4.39
Nishi 西区 Osaka 5.21
Nishinari 西成区 Osaka 7.37
Nishiyodogawa 西淀川区 Osaka 14.22
Suminoe 住之江区 Osaka 20.61
Sumiyoshi 住吉区 Osaka 9.40
Taishō 大正区 Osaka 9.43
Tennōji 天王寺区 Osaka 4.84
Tsurumi 鶴見区 Osaka 8.17
Yodogawa 淀川区 Osaka 12.64
Chūō 中央区 Sagamihara 36.87
Midori 緑区 Sagamihara 253.68
Minami 南区 Sagamihara 38.11
Chūō 中央区 Saitama 8.39
Iwatsuki 岩槻区 Saitama 49.17
Kita 北区 Saitama 16.86
Midori 緑区 Saitama 26.44
Minami 南区 Saitama 13.82
Minuma 見沼区 Saitama 30.69
Nishi 西区 Saitama 29.12
Omiya 大宮区 Saitama 12.80
Sakura 桜区 Saitama 18.64
Urawa 浦和区 Saitama 11.51
Higashi 東区 Sakai 10.49
Kita 北区 Sakai 15.60
Mihara 美原区 Sakai 13.20
Minami 南区 Sakai 40.39
Naka 中区 Sakai 17.88
Nishi 西区 Sakai 28.61
Sakai 堺区 Sakai 23.65
Atsubetsu 厚別区 Sapporo 24.38
Chūō 中央区 Sapporo 46.42
Higashi 東区 Sapporo 56.97
Kita 北区 Sapporo 63.57
Kiyota 清田区 Sapporo 59.87
Minami 南区 Sapporo 657.48
Nishi 西区 Sapporo 75.10
Shiroishi 白石区 Sapporo 34.47
Teine 手稲区 Sapporo 56.77
Toyohira 豊平区 Sapporo 46.23
Aoba 青葉区 Sendai 302.24
Izumi 泉区 Sendai 146.61
Miyagino 宮城野区 Sendai 58.19
Taihaku 太白区 Sendai 228.39
Wakabayashi 若林区 Sendai 50.86
Aoi 葵区 Shizuoka 1,073.76
Shimizu- 清水区 Shizuoka 265.09
Suruga 駿河区 Shizuoka 73.05
Aoba 青葉区 Yokohama 35.22
Asahi 旭区 Yokohama 32.73
Hodogaya 保土ケ谷区 Yokohama 21.93
Isogo 磯子区 Yokohama 19.05
Izumi 泉区 Yokohama 23.58
Kanagawa 神奈川区 Yokohama 23.73
Kanazawa 金沢区 Yokohama 30.96
Kōhoku 港北区 Yokohama 31.40
Kōnan 港南区 Yokohama 19.90
Midori 緑区 Yokohama 25.51
Minami 南区 Yokohama 12.65
Naka 中区 Yokohama 21.20
Nishi 西区 Yokohama 7.03
Sakae 栄区 Yokohama 18.52
Seya 瀬谷区 Yokohama 17.17
Totsuka 戸塚区 Yokohama 35.79
Tsurumi 鶴見区 Yokohama 33.23
Tsuzuki 都筑区 Yokohama 27.87

Special wards of Tokyo

The special wards of Tokyo are not normal wards in the usual sense of the term, but instead an administrative unit governed similar to cities.

WardJapaneseMetropolisArea (km2)
Adachi 足立区 Tokyo 53.25
Arakawa 荒川区 Tokyo 10.16
Bunkyō 文京区 Tokyo 11.29
Chiyoda 千代田区 Tokyo 11.66
Chūō 中央区 Tokyo 10.21
Edogawa 江戸川区 Tokyo 49.90
Itabashi 板橋区 Tokyo 32.22
Katsushika 葛飾区 Tokyo 34.80
Kita 北区 Tokyo 20.61
Kōtō 江東区 Tokyo 40.16
Meguro 目黒区 Tokyo 14.67
Minato 港区 Tokyo 20.37
Nakano 中野区 Tokyo 15.59
Nerima 練馬区 Tokyo 48.08
Ōta 大田区 Tokyo 60.66
Setagaya 世田谷区 Tokyo 58.05
Shibuya 渋谷区 Tokyo 15.11
Shinagawa 品川区 Tokyo 22.84
Shinjuku 新宿区 Tokyo 18.22
Suginami 杉並区 Tokyo 34.06
Sumida 墨田区 Tokyo 13.77
Toshima 豊島区 Tokyo 13.01
Taitō 台東区 Tokyo 10.11

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