Tokyo (, 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.
Side Trips from Tokyo
Hotels around Tokyo
Sakura Hostel Asakusa
Tokyofs largest Hostel located in Asakusa near Senso-ji & Tokyo Sky Tree. Free Wi-Fi & shared kitchen, good for large group, family and long stay.
Sakura Hotel Hatagaya
2 minutes from Hatagaya station, convenient access to Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, and Akihabara. Cafe open 24 hours, Muslim friendly menu and Prayer room.
Sakura Hotel Jimbocho
Tokyo Dome, Nippon Budokan, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace are walking distance. Free Wi-Fi, Cafe open 24 hours, big projector screen for watching the games.
Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro
5 minutes walk to JR Ikebukuro station. Direct access to Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara. Shared kitchen, Free Wi-Fi, Terrace cafe open 24 hours.
PT Group - Tokyo Hotels and Ryokan
A web site for ryokan and hotels located in the heart of Tokyo. Offering quality comforts with affordable rates.
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku (Tokyo)
Opens April 2015. Only 5 mins walk from JR Shinjuku Station. Free wifi in all rooms. Perfect for sightseeing in Tokyo!
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Backpackers Hostel Ks House Tokyo
One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.Hostelworld
Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.Japanican
Tours and Packages
Private tours by car with licensed English-speaking guides.
Various tours and travel packages for Tokyo and surroundings.