Tokyo

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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

2

Akihabara

District for electronic and otaku goods.

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3520
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Visited by
6381 users
4

Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.

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350
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Visited by
707 users
7

Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.

76
2817
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Visited by
5404 users
8

Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.

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1113
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Visited by
2429 users
11

Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.

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287
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Visited by
701 users
12

Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.

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165
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Visited by
402 users
13

Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.

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967
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Visited by
2062 users
14

Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.

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179
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Visited by
459 users

Northern Tokyo

2

Tokyo Skytree

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.

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666
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Visited by
1313 users
3

Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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3159
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Visited by
5835 users
6

Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.

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222
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Visited by
462 users
7

Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.

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2639
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Visited by
4958 users
11

Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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118
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Visited by
265 users
12

Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.

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855
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Visited by
1800 users
13

Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.

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2262
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Visited by
4588 users
15

Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.

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468
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Visited by
1076 users
16

Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.

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111
votes
Visited by
351 users

Western Tokyo

1

Shibuya

Popular district among younger generations.

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3624
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Visited by
6681 users
2

Shinjuku

District around Japan's busiest station.

86
3658
votes
Visited by
6835 users
3

Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.

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2150
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Visited by
3984 users
4

Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.

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3194
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Visited by
5918 users
6

Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.

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1655
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Visited by
3261 users
7

Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.

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262
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Visited by
552 users
9

Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.

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93
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Visited by
262 users

Southern Tokyo

1

Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.

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2056
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Visited by
3977 users
3

Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.

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891
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Visited by
1893 users
4

Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.

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2398
votes
Visited by
4572 users
5

Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.

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540
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Visited by
1074 users
9

Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.

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296
votes
Visited by
700 users
10

Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo

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2207
votes
Visited by
4319 users
11

Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.

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383
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Visited by
938 users
12

Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.

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569
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Visited by
1303 users
13

Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.

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1085
votes
Visited by
2410 users
14

Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.

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66
votes
Visited by
191 users

Outlying Areas

3

Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.

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791
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Visited by
1433 users
4

Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.

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324
votes
Visited by
728 users
11

Makuhari Messe

Modern convention center just outside Tokyo.

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273
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Visited by
703 users

Events

1

Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.

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73
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Visited by
185 users
2

Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.

83
25
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Visited by
63 users
4

AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.

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207
votes
Visited by
423 users
5

Tokyo Game Show

Trade show of the computer gaming industry.

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183
votes
Visited by
383 users
8

Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.

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16
votes
Visited by
50 users

Side Trips from Tokyo

1

Nikko

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.

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1392
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Visited by
2877 users
2

Kamakura

Small city full of historic treasures.

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1809
votes
Visited by
3739 users
4

Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.

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1354
votes
Visited by
2961 users
5

Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.

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1996
votes
Visited by
4327 users
6

Kusatsu Onsen

One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.

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190
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Visited by
525 users
8

Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.

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86
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Visited by
249 users
9

Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.

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352
votes
Visited by
864 users
10

Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.

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100
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Visited by
310 users
11

Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.

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10
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Visited by
33 users
12

Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.

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159
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Visited by
525 users

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Japan Guide Recommends:

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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