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Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.

Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan's political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world's most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo ("Eastern Capital"). Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.

Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

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Central Tokyo

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Akihabara

District for electronic and otaku goods.

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Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.

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697 users
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Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.

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5312 users
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Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.

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2383 users
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Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.

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692 users
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Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.

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382 users
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Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.

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Visited by
2026 users
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Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.

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Visited by
428 users

Northern Tokyo

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Tokyo Skytree

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.

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1253 users
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Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.

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451 users
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Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.

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4871 users
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Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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250 users
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Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.

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Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.

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4496 users
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Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.

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1059 users
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Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.

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344 users

Western Tokyo

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Shibuya

Popular district among younger generations.

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6558 users
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Shinjuku

District around Japan's busiest station.

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6712 users
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Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.

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3904 users
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Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.

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5823 users
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Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.

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3201 users
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Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.

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517 users
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Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.

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Visited by
253 users

Southern Tokyo

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Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.

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3892 users
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Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.

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1834 users
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Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.

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4505 users
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Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.

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1047 users
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Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.

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679 users
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Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo

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4250 users
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Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.

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928 users
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Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.

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1288 users
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Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.

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2357 users
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Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.

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187 users

Outlying Areas

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Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.

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1403 users
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Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.

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Visited by
710 users
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Makuhari Messe

Modern convention center just outside Tokyo.

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688 users

Events

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Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.

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181 users
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Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.

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Visited by
60 users
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AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.

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Visited by
402 users
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Tokyo Game Show

Trade show of the computer gaming industry.

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Visited by
378 users
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Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.

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51 users

Side Trips from Tokyo

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Nikko

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.

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2816 users
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Kamakura

Small city full of historic treasures.

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3651 users
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Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.

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2897 users
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Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.

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4247 users
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Kusatsu Onsen

One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.

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513 users
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Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.

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244 users
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Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.

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845 users
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Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.

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305 users
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Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.

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29 users
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Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.

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503 users

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Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo

One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.

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Hotel Century Southern Tower

The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.

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Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi

Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.

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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.

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Keio Plaza Hotel

One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.

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Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel

Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.

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Shangri-La Hotel

Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.

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