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Tokyo (“Œ‹ž, 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.

What To See

Central Tokyo

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Akihabara

District for electronic and otaku goods.

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Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.

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Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.

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Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.

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Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.

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Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.

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Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.

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Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.

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Northern Tokyo

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Tokyo Skytree

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.

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Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.

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Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.

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Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.

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Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.

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Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.

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Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.

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Western Tokyo

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Shibuya

Popular district among younger generations.

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Shinjuku

District around Japan's busiest station.

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Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.

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Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.

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Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.

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Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.

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Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.

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Southern Tokyo

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Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.

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Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.

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Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.

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Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.

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Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.

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Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo

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Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.

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Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.

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Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.

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Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.

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Outlying Areas

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Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.

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Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.

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Events

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Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.

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Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.

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AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.

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Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.

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Side Trips from Tokyo

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Nikko

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.

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Kamakura

Small city full of historic treasures.

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Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.

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Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.

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Kusatsu Onsen

One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.

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Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.

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Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.

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Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.

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Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.

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Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.

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Last updated: December 31, 2014
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