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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.

Attractions
Central Tokyo (Chiyoda, Chuo)
 1  Tsukiji Fish Market
Japan's largest and busiest fish market.
User rating: 88/100 (942 votes)
Visited by: 1726 users
 2  Akihabara
District for electronic and otaku goods.
User rating: 85/100 (2768 votes)
Visited by: 4968 users
 3  Koishikawa Korakuen
Landscape garden next to Tokyo Dome.
User rating: 84/100 (211 votes)
Visited by: 440 users
 4  Imperial Palace
Main residence of the Imperial Family.
User rating: 82/100 (1340 votes)
Visited by: 2535 users
 5  Hama Rikyu
Landscape garden next to Shiodome.
User rating: 82/100 (285 votes)
Visited by: 556 users
 6  Imperial East Gardens
Park on the former grounds of Edo Castle.
User rating: 82/100 (1147 votes)
Visited by: 2113 users
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Western Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya)
 1  Shibuya
Popular district among younger generations.
User rating: 88/100 (2892 votes)
Visited by: 5252 users
 2  Shinjuku
District around Japan's busiest station.
User rating: 86/100 (2949 votes)
Visited by: 5410 users
 3  Harajuku
Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.
User rating: 86/100 (2580 votes)
Visited by: 4702 users
 4  Meiji Shrine
Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.
User rating: 86/100 (1707 votes)
Visited by: 3126 users
 5  Shinjuku Gyoen
Spacious city park in Shinjuku.
User rating: 84/100 (886 votes)
Visited by: 1792 users
 6  Yoyogi Park
Spacious city park in Shibuya.
User rating: 83/100 (1355 votes)
Visited by: 2589 users
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Northern Tokyo (Ueno, Asakusa, Ikebukuro)
 1  Tokyo Skytree
634 meter tall tower with observation decks.
User rating: 87/100 (270 votes)
Visited by: 536 users
 2  Asakusa
District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
User rating: 87/100 (2503 votes)
Visited by: 4551 users
 3  Sensoji Temple
Large temple in the Asakusa district.
User rating: 87/100 (1276 votes)
Visited by: 2363 users
 4  Edo-Tokyo Museum
Excellent museum about Tokyo's history.
User rating: 85/100 (190 votes)
Visited by: 398 users
 5  Rikugien
Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.
User rating: 85/100 (166 votes)
Visited by: 343 users
 6  Ueno Park
City park with multiple museums and a zoo.
User rating: 84/100 (2114 votes)
Visited by: 3900 users
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Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa, Minato)
 1  Odaiba
Futuristic architecture on a man made island.
User rating: 85/100 (1599 votes)
Visited by: 3046 users
 2  Institute for Nature
Quiet nature reserve in the middle of Tokyo.
User rating: 82/100 (63 votes)
Visited by: 147 users
 3  Roppongi Hills
Modern entertainment and shopping complex.
User rating: 74/100 (602 votes)
Visited by: 1248 users
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Outlying Areas of Tokyo
 1  Tokyo DisneySea
Popular theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
User rating: 91/100 (368 votes)
Visited by: 798 users
 2  Tokyo Disneyland
Popular theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
User rating: 88/100 (519 votes)
Visited by: 1100 users
 3  Ghibli Museum
Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.
User rating: 91/100 (603 votes)
Visited by: 1084 users
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Events
 1  Sanja Matsuri
Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.
User rating: 90/100 (51 votes)
Visited by: 133 users
 2  Tokyo Motor Show
Large biennial auto show.
User rating: 83/100 (156 votes)
Visited by: 355 users
 3  Kanda Matsuri
One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 18 users
 4  AnimeJapan
Large trade show of the anime industry.
User rating: 90/100 (128 votes)
Visited by: 257 users
 5  Tokyo Game Show
Trade show of the computer gaming industry.
User rating: 86/100 (147 votes)
Visited by: 309 users
 6  Sanno Matsuri
One of Japan's three largest festivals.
User rating: 79/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 56 users
 7  Tokyo Marathon
Annual large scale city marathon.
User rating: 77/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 119 users
 8  Ceatec Japan
Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.
User rating: 74/100 (14 votes)
Visited by: 39 users
 
Side Trips from Tokyo
 1  Nikko
Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.
User rating: 91/100 (1126 votes)
Visited by: 2280 users
 2  Kamakura
Small city full of historic treasures.
User rating: 91/100 (1441 votes)
Visited by: 2956 users
 3  Fuji Five Lakes
Lake resort at the foot of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 86/100 (733 votes)
Visited by: 1829 users
 4  Hakone
National park with views of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 86/100 (1077 votes)
Visited by: 2316 users
 5  Yokohama
Japan's second largest city.
User rating: 85/100 (1619 votes)
Visited by: 3455 users
 6  Kusatsu Onsen
One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.
User rating: 83/100 (152 votes)
Visited by: 408 users
 7  Izu Peninsula
Hot springs and natural scenery.
User rating: 82/100 (301 votes)
Visited by: 789 users
 8  Naritasan Temple
Popular temple, not far from Narita Airport.
User rating: 80/100 (189 votes)
Visited by: 381 users
 9  Minakami
Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.
User rating: 75/100 (63 votes)
Visited by: 185 users
 10  Kawagoe
Former castle town known as the Little Edo.
User rating: 74/100 (270 votes)
Visited by: 668 users
 11  Ikaho Onsen
Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.
User rating: 72/100 (73 votes)
Visited by: 236 users
 12  Kawasaki
Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.
User rating: 64/100 (96 votes)
Visited by: 283 users
Special Interest Guides
  Tokyo Hotel Guide
  Guide on where to stay in Tokyo.
  Tokyo Museum Guide
  A list of some of Tokyo's best museums.
  Tokyo Shopping Guide
  Guide to Tokyo's varied shopping districts.
  Tokyo Night Guide
  Guide to night activities in Tokyo.
  Tokyo Observation Decks
  Guide to Tokyo's observation decks.
  Tokyo Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo.
  Tokyo Autumn Color Spots
  A list of popular autumn color spots in Tokyo.

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Shop Directory
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6.  Tokyo   95/100
7.  Ogasawara Islands   94/100
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10.  Alpine Route   93/100
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7.  Kamakura   2956
8.  Nagoya   2498
9.  Kobe   2489
10.  Hakone   2316

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