Learn more about Minato, Tokyo
Minato (港区 Minato-ku?) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. As of 2005, it has an estimated population of 175,467 and a density of 8627 persons per km². The total area is 20.34 km².
Minato hosts 49 embassies. It is home to various companies, including Animax, Dentsu, Fuji Xerox, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Morinaga & Co., Ltd. and Morinaga Milk Industry Co,. Ltd., NEC Corporation, Nippon Television, Toshiba and Vodafone (Japan).
Minato is located southwest of the Imperial Palace and has boundaries with the special wards of Chiyoda, Chūō, Koto (in Odaiba), Shinagawa, Shibuya and Shinjuku.
The ward was founded on March 15, 1947 with the merger of Akasaka, Azabu and Shiba Wards.
 Colleges and universities
 Primary and secondary schools
The city's public elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Minato City Board of Education ( in English,  in Japanese). The local public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.
- Akasaka (赤坂) - A large residential and commercial area in northern Minato which includes the Akasaka Palace, State Guest House and surrounding gardens, TBS radio and television studios, Ark Hills complex, National Art Center and the embassy of the United States.
- Aoyama (青山) - Home to Aoyama Cemetery, one of Tokyo's largest graveyards, and the Chichibunomiya rugby stadium.
- Azabu (麻布) - One of Tokyo's more upscale residential areas, home to many embassies.
- Hamamatsucho (浜松町) - Hamamatsucho Station is the terminal for the Tokyo Monorail to Haneda Airport.
- Mita (三田) - Home to Keio University and a large number of small Buddhist temples.
- Odaiba (お台場) - One of Tokyo's most popular entertainment areas, featuring the Fuji TV studios, Palette Town shopping complex, Dream Bridge, Tokyo Big Sight, etc. Located on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, and connected to central Tokyo by the Yurikamome transit line over the Rainbow Bridge.
- Roppongi (六本木) - Tokyo's best-known nightlife district, especially popular among foreigners; also home to the Roppongi Hills complex, which houses the studios of TV Asahi, the J-Wave radio station, the Tokyo Grand Hyatt Hotel and a shopping complex.
- Shiba Park 「芝公園」- Houses the Zojoji temple. Tokyo Tower is located one block away.
- Shinbashi (新橋) - Shinbashi Station, the northern terminal of Japan's first railway line. Also home to the Shiosite office and entertainment complex, which houses Nippon Television studios.
- Shirokanedai (白金台) - Home to Meiji Gakuin University.
- Takanawa(高輪) - Home to the Soto temple of Sengaku-ji. Shinagawa Station, one of Tokyo's largest train stations, is located in Takanawa although it is associated with Shinagawa to the south. An area of many 1980's hotels including the Takanawa Prince Hotel, Shin Takanawa Prince Hotel and Pacific Meridian Hotel.
- Toranomon (虎ノ門) - TV Tokyo studios and the Toranomon Station underground complex.
- Tsuki no Misaki (月の岬) is a plateau.
- Keikyu Main Line (Shinagawa Station)
- Toei Subway:
- Toei Asakusa Line (Shimbashi Station, Daimon Station, Mita Station, Sengakuji Station, Takanawadai Station)
- Toei Oedo Line (Shiodome Station, Daimon Station, Akabanebashi Station, Azabu-juban Station, Roppongi Station, Aoyama-itchome Station)
- Toei Mita Line (Uchisaiwaicho Station, Onarimon Station, Shiba-koen Station, Mita Station, Shirokane-Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai Station)
- Tokyo Metro:
- Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (Akasaka Station, Nogizaka Station, Omotesando Station)
- Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (Shimbashi Station, Toranomon Station, Tameike-sanno Station, Akasaka-mitsuke Station, Aoyama-itchome Station, Gaiemmae Station, Omotesando Station)
- Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (Aoyama-itchome Station, Omotesando Station)
- Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Kamiyacho Station, Roppongi Station, Hiroo Station)
- Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (Akasaka-mitsuke Station)
- Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (Tameike-sanno Station, Roppongi-itchome Station, Azabu-juban Station, Shirokane-Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai Station)
- JR (East Japan Railway Company):
- Yurikamome (Shimbashi Station, Shiodome Station, Takeshiba Station, Hinode Station, Shibaura-futo Station, Odaiba-kaihin-koen Station, Daiba Station)
- Shuto Expressway:
- No. 1 Haneda Route (Edobashi JCT - Iriya)
- No.2 Meguro Route (Ichinohashi JCT - Togoshi)
- No.11 Daiba Route (Shibaura JCT - Ariake JCT)
- B Bayshore Route (Namiki - Kawasaki-ukishima JCT)
- C1 Inner Loop (Edobashi - Takaracho - Kyobashi - Ginza - Shiodome - Hamazakibashi - Shiba Park - Tanimachi - Kasumigaseki - Daikanmachi - Edobashi)
- National roads:
- Route 1 (Sakurada-dori)
- Route 15 (Dai-Ichi Keihin)
- Route 246 (Aoyama-dori)
- Other major roads:
Tokyo's main ferry terminal is located adjacent to Takeshiba Station on the Yurikamome, due east of JR Hamamatsucho Station.
 Famous people
Minato-ku is the main physical setting for the Anime series Sailor Moon.
 External links
travel guide from Wikitravel
ko:미나토 구 (도쿄 도)