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

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Akihabara

District for electronic and otaku goods.

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5677 users
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Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.

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Visited by
627 users
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Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.

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Visited by
4906 users
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Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.

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1013
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Visited by
2182 users
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Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.

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Visited by
638 users
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Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.

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270 users
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Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.

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874
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Visited by
1841 users
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Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.

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Visited by
302 users

Northern Tokyo

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Tokyo Skytree

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.

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921 users
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Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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Visited by
5207 users
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Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.

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Visited by
399 users
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Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.

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4436 users
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Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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189 users
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Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.

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1598 users
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Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.

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Visited by
4096 users
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Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.

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425
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Visited by
970 users
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Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.

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Visited by
293 users

Western Tokyo

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Shibuya

Popular district among younger generations.

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Visited by
5975 users
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Shinjuku

District around Japan's busiest station.

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Visited by
6145 users
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Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.

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3544 users
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Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.

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5335 users
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Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.

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2924 users
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Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.

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387 users
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Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.

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Visited by
196 users

Southern Tokyo

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Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.

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3494 users
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Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.

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1584 users
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Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.

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Visited by
4167 users
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Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.

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487
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Visited by
965 users
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Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.

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246
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Visited by
588 users
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Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo

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3928 users
11

Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.

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365
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Visited by
872 users
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Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.

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524
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Visited by
1187 users
13

Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.

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Visited by
2159 users
14

Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.

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Visited by
150 users

Outlying Areas

3

Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.

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706
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Visited by
1278 users
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Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.

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276
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Visited by
628 users
11

Makuhari Messe

Modern convention center just outside Tokyo.

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248
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Visited by
638 users

Events

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Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.

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Visited by
160 users
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Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.

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Visited by
45 users
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AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.

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161
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Visited by
328 users
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Tokyo Game Show

Trade show of the computer gaming industry.

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165
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Visited by
349 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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2583 users
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Kamakura

Small city full of historic treasures.

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3351 users
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Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.

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Visited by
2657 users
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Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.

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Visited by
3911 users
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Kusatsu Onsen

One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.

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171
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Visited by
471 users
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Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.

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75
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Visited by
221 users
9

Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.

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Visited by
766 users
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Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.

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Visited by
278 users
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Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.

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Visited by
15 users
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Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.

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Visited by
415 users
Last updated: December 31, 2014
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