Tokyo Government Offices


Tokyo is the capital city of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese Government and home of the Japanese Imperial Family. The Diet, the Prime Minister's Office, the Cabinet Office, all the various Ministries, the Supreme Court, Bank of Japan, and the Board of Audit are all located in Tokyo. Tokyo is also the location of the Imperial Palace and its administrative office, the Japanese Imperial Administration.

Although Tokyo is known as a city in the sense that most people of other countries know of, in Japan it is a little different. Here, Tokyo is a metropolitan prefecture, or a regional authority, consisting of 23 wards. Wards (known as “ku” in Japanese) are special entities which function as separate administrative areas. They operate as separate cities, but all fall under one main umbrella – the metropolis of Tokyo.

The Metropolis of Tokyo has a special governing process. Each ward has its own local government and manages its own services just like any city does. To keep uniformity among the wards and cohesion as a single city, Tokyo has a larger government of the metropolis as a whole – the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Services such as education, fire-fighting, police, waterworks and sewerage are managed by the metropolitan government.

The center of the administrative works of the metropolitan government is located in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. (Please refer to our Nishi Shinjuku page for for details of the Buildings) For the convenience of Tokyo visitors, listed below are the addresses and telephone numbers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and other offices under its jurisdiction :


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

2-8-1, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001

Tel: 03-5321-1111



Foreign Residents' Advisory Center

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No 1, 3F

2-8-1, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001

Tel: 03-5320-7744


General Information Center for Foreign Residents

5-5-30, Konan, Minato-ku

Tel: 03-5796-7111


Tokyo Labor Bureau with an advisor for Foreign Workers

1-7-22, Koraku, Bunkyo-ku

Tel: 03-3814-5314


Metropolitan Police Department

2-1-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku

Tel: 03-3501-0110


Tokyo Fire Department

1-3-5, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku

Tel: 03-3212-2323


For information concerning driver's licenses:


Samezu Driver's License Test Center
1-12-5, Higashi-Oi, Shinagawa-ku

Tel: 03-3474-1374


Fuchu Driver's License Test Center

3-1-1, Tamamachi, Fuchu-shi

Tel: 03-0423-62-3591


Koto Driver's License Test Center

1-7-24, Shinsuna, Koto-ku

Tel: 03-3699-1151


For car registrations, insurance, road and vehicle taxes:


Tokyo Land Transport Office

Tel: 050-5540-2030

Following are the 23 Wards of Tokyo with the addresses, telephone numbers and websites of their offices. Alien applications and registrations are handled by the offices of the Wards of residence.


•  Adachi

1-17-1, Chuohoncho, Adachi-ku 120-8510

Tel: 03-3880-5111


•  Arakawa

2-2-3, Awakawa, Arakawa-ku 116-8501

Tel: 03-3802-3111


•  Bunkyo

1-16-21, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku 112-8555

Tel: 03-3812-7111


•  Chiyoda

1-6-11, Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku 102-8688

Tel: 03-3264-2111


•  Chuo

1-1-1, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku 104-8404

Tel: 03-3543-0211


•  Edogawa

1-4-1, Chuo, Edogawa-ku 132-8501

Tel: 03-3652-1151


•  Itabashi

2-66-1, Itabashi, Itabashi-ku 173-8501

Tel: 03-3964-1111


•  Katsushika

5-13-1, Tateishi, Katsushika-ku 124-8555

Tel: 03-3695-1111


•  Kita

1-15-22, Ojihoncho, Kita-ku 114-8508

Tel: 03-3908-1111


•  Koto

4-11-28, Toyo, Koto-ku 135-8383

Tel: 03-3647-9111


•  Meguro

2-19-15, Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku 153-8573

Tel: 03-3715-1111


•  Minato

2-5-25, Shibakoen, Minato-ku 105-8511

Tel: 03-3578-2111


•  Nakano

4-8-1, Nakano, Nakano-ku 164-8501

Tel: 03-3389-1111


•  Nerima

6-12-1, Toyotamakita, Nerima-ku 176-8501

Tel: 03-3993-1111

Web: Japanese only

•  Ota

5-13-14, Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-8621

Tel: 03-5744-1111


•  Setagaya

4-21-27, Setagaya, Setagaya-ku 154-8504

Tel: 03-5432-1111


•  Shibuya

1-1, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku 150-8010

Tel: 03-3463-1211


•  Shinagawa

2-1-36, Hiromachi, Shinagawa-ku 140-8715

Tel: 03-3777-1111


•  Shinjuku

1-4-1, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku 160-8484

Tel: 03-3209-1111


•  Suginami

1-15-1, Asagayaminami, Suginami-ku 166-8570

Tel: 03-3312-2111


•  Sumida

2-23-20, Azumabashi, Sumida-ku 130-8640

Tel: 03-5608-1111


•  Taito

4-5-6, Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku 110-8615

Tel: 03-5246-1111


•  Toshima

1-18-1, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku 170-8422

Tel: 03-3981-1111


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