Taito-ku (台東区) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. The ward today is home to more than 175,346 people and bordered by the Arakawa, Sumida, Chuo, Bunkyo, and Chiyoda special wards. The space on which the Taito currently stands was the Yoshiwara licensed quarters during the Edo period. This prostitution district was abolished under the Meiji restoration and later reformed on March 15, 1947 to become one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo.
Located within the confines of Taito is a wide array of cultural significant destinations. Tracing back to the 17th century roots of the district during the Edo period, some of these destinations are well cared for even today.
Taito is home to multiple museums and visitor destinations including the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno Zoo, Ueno no Mor Museum, and National Museum of Western Art all located in Ueno. Other destinations in Taito include Asakura Sculpture Hall, Daimyo Clock Museum, Yokoyama Taikan Memorial Hall, and the National Science Museum of Japan.
Public High Schools operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government include: