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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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5733 users
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Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.

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315
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Visited by
634 users
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Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.

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Visited by
4948 users
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Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.

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1017
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Visited by
2199 users
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Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.

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263
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Visited by
645 users
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Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.

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109
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Visited by
284 users
13

Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.

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884
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Visited by
1863 users
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Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.

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Visited by
313 users

Northern Tokyo

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Tokyo Skytree

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.

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948 users
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Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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Visited by
5252 users
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Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.

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402 users
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Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.

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4484 users
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Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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198 users
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Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.

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1612 users
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Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.

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4134 users
15

Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.

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Visited by
983 users
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Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.

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Visited by
301 users

Western Tokyo

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Shibuya

Popular district among younger generations.

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Visited by
6032 users
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Shinjuku

District around Japan's busiest station.

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Visited by
6203 users
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Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.

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3575 users
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Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.

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5381 users
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Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.

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2955 users
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Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.

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Visited by
402 users
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Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.

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Visited by
201 users

Southern Tokyo

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Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.

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3528 users
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Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.

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Visited by
1608 users
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Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.

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Visited by
4189 users
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Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.

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490
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Visited by
971 users
9

Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.

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250
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Visited by
598 users
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Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo

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2041
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3961 users
11

Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.

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365
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Visited by
875 users
12

Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.

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525
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Visited by
1196 users
13

Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.

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2182 users
14

Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.

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Visited by
152 users

Outlying Areas

3

Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.

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711
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Visited by
1291 users
4

Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.

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280
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Visited by
640 users
11

Makuhari Messe

Modern convention center just outside Tokyo.

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248
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Visited by
640 users

Events

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Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.

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Visited by
162 users
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Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.

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Visited by
47 users
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AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.

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164
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Visited by
335 users
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Tokyo Game Show

Trade show of the computer gaming industry.

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166
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Visited by
350 users
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Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.

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Visited by
45 users

Side Trips from Tokyo

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Nikko

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.

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2609 users
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Kamakura

Small city full of historic treasures.

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3382 users
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Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.

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Visited by
2679 users
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Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.

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Visited by
3951 users
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Kusatsu Onsen

One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.

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173
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Visited by
474 users
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Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.

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Visited by
224 users
9

Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.

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305
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Visited by
770 users
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Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.

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88
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Visited by
280 users
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Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.

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Visited by
17 users
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Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.

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Visited by
427 users
Last updated: December 31, 2014
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