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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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6443 users
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Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.

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Visited by
715 users
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Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.

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Visited by
5448 users
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Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.

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Visited by
2457 users
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Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.

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292
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Visited by
708 users
12

Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.

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Visited by
410 users
13

Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.

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Visited by
2082 users
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Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.

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Visited by
470 users

Northern Tokyo

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Tokyo Skytree

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.

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1348 users
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Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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Visited by
5889 users
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Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.

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Visited by
472 users
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Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.

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5003 users
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Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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269 users
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Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.

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Visited by
1820 users
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Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.

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Visited by
4636 users
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Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.

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Visited by
1086 users
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Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.

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Visited by
358 users

Western Tokyo

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Shibuya

Popular district among younger generations.

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Visited by
6747 users
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Shinjuku

District around Japan's busiest station.

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Visited by
6905 users
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Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.

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4034 users
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Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.

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5985 users
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Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.

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3288 users
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Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.

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Visited by
565 users
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Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.

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Visited by
269 users

Southern Tokyo

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Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.

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Visited by
4022 users
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Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.

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Visited by
1920 users
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Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.

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Visited by
4610 users
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Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.

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549
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Visited by
1090 users
9

Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.

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Visited by
708 users
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Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo

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4357 users
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Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.

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Visited by
946 users
12

Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.

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578
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Visited by
1317 users
13

Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.

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Visited by
2436 users
14

Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.

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Visited by
192 users

Outlying Areas

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Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.

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Visited by
1450 users
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Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.

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Visited by
736 users
12

Makuhari Messe

Modern convention center just outside Tokyo.

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Visited by
711 users

Events

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Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.

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187 users
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Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.

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Visited by
64 users
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AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.

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Visited by
434 users
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Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.

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Visited by
52 users

Side Trips from Tokyo

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Nikko

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.

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Visited by
2910 users
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Kamakura

Small city full of historic treasures.

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Visited by
3771 users
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Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.

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Visited by
2989 users
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Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.

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2012
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Visited by
4363 users
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Kusatsu Onsen

One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.

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Visited by
531 users
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Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.

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Visited by
254 users
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Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.

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355
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Visited by
869 users
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Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.

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Visited by
312 users
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Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.

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Visited by
34 users
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Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.

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166
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Visited by
534 users

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Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo

One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.

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Hotel Century Southern Tower

The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.

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Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi

Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.

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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.

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Keio Plaza Hotel

One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.

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Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel

Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.

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Shangri-La Hotel

Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.

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