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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.

Attractions
Central Tokyo (Chiyoda, Chuo)
 1  Tsukiji Fish Market
Japan's largest and busiest fish market.
User rating: 87/100 (1013 votes)
Visited by: 1878 users
 2  Akihabara
District for electronic and otaku goods.
User rating: 85/100 (3014 votes)
Visited by: 5462 users
 3  Koishikawa Korakuen
Landscape garden next to Tokyo Dome.
User rating: 83/100 (231 votes)
Visited by: 479 users
 4  Hama Rikyu
Landscape garden next to Shiodome.
User rating: 82/100 (305 votes)
Visited by: 602 users
 5  Imperial Palace
Main residence of the Imperial Family.
User rating: 82/100 (1427 votes)
Visited by: 2730 users
 6  Imperial East Gardens
Park on the former grounds of Edo Castle.
User rating: 82/100 (1213 votes)
Visited by: 2257 users
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Western Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya)
 1  Shibuya
Popular district among younger generations.
User rating: 88/100 (3142 votes)
Visited by: 5750 users
 2  Shinjuku
District around Japan's busiest station.
User rating: 86/100 (3194 votes)
Visited by: 5923 users
 3  Meiji Shrine
Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.
User rating: 86/100 (1855 votes)
Visited by: 3409 users
 4  Harajuku
Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.
User rating: 86/100 (2802 votes)
Visited by: 5145 users
 5  Shinjuku Gyoen
Spacious city park in Shinjuku.
User rating: 85/100 (969 votes)
Visited by: 1975 users
 6  Yoyogi Park
Spacious city park in Shibuya.
User rating: 83/100 (1449 votes)
Visited by: 2804 users
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Northern Tokyo (Ueno, Asakusa, Ikebukuro)
 1  Tokyo National Museum
One of Japan's oldest, largest and best museums.
User rating: 97/100 (7 votes)
Visited by: 15 users
 2  Tokyo Skytree
634 meter tall tower with observation decks.
User rating: 86/100 (382 votes)
Visited by: 782 users
 3  Asakusa
District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
User rating: 87/100 (2723 votes)
Visited by: 5004 users
 4  Sensoji Temple
Large temple in the Asakusa district.
User rating: 87/100 (1402 votes)
Visited by: 2609 users
 5  Edo-Tokyo Museum
Excellent museum about Tokyo's history.
User rating: 84/100 (253 votes)
Visited by: 526 users
 6  Rikugien
Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.
User rating: 84/100 (182 votes)
Visited by: 377 users
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Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa, Minato)
 1  Odaiba
Futuristic architecture on a man made island.
User rating: 85/100 (1747 votes)
Visited by: 3340 users
 2  Institute for Nature
Quiet nature reserve in the middle of Tokyo.
User rating: 82/100 (68 votes)
Visited by: 154 users
 3  Roppongi Hills
Modern entertainment and shopping complex.
User rating: 74/100 (706 votes)
Visited by: 1477 users
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Outlying Areas of Tokyo
 1  Tokyo DisneySea
Popular theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
User rating: 91/100 (447 votes)
Visited by: 960 users
 2  Tokyo Disneyland
Popular theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
User rating: 88/100 (621 votes)
Visited by: 1310 users
 3  Ghibli Museum
Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.
User rating: 91/100 (667 votes)
Visited by: 1216 users
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Events
 1  Sanja Matsuri
Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.
User rating: 90/100 (59 votes)
Visited by: 147 users
 2  Tokyo Motor Show
Large biennial auto show.
User rating: 82/100 (167 votes)
Visited by: 373 users
 3  Kanda Matsuri
One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.
User rating: 80/100 (14 votes)
Visited by: 33 users
 4  AnimeJapan
Large trade show of the anime industry.
User rating: 89/100 (150 votes)
Visited by: 301 users
 5  Tokyo Game Show
Trade show of the computer gaming industry.
User rating: 86/100 (158 votes)
Visited by: 334 users
 6  Sanno Matsuri
One of Japan's three largest festivals.
User rating: 80/100 (17 votes)
Visited by: 57 users
 7  Tokyo Marathon
Annual large scale city marathon.
User rating: 76/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 126 users
 8  Ceatec Japan
Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.
User rating: 74/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 42 users
 
Side Trips from Tokyo
 1  Nikko
Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.
User rating: 91/100 (1222 votes)
Visited by: 2496 users
 2  Kamakura
Small city full of historic treasures.
User rating: 91/100 (1568 votes)
Visited by: 3217 users
 3  Fuji Five Lakes
Lake resort at the foot of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 86/100 (803 votes)
Visited by: 2013 users
 4  Hakone
National park with views of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 86/100 (1172 votes)
Visited by: 2537 users
 5  Yokohama
Japan's second largest city.
User rating: 85/100 (1753 votes)
Visited by: 3775 users
 6  Kusatsu Onsen
One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.
User rating: 83/100 (165 votes)
Visited by: 448 users
 7  Izu Peninsula
Hot springs and natural scenery.
User rating: 81/100 (321 votes)
Visited by: 870 users
 8  Minakami
Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.
User rating: 75/100 (70 votes)
Visited by: 205 users
 9  Kawagoe
Former castle town known as the Little Edo.
User rating: 74/100 (293 votes)
Visited by: 730 users
 10  Ikaho Onsen
Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.
User rating: 72/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 263 users
 11  Kawasaki
Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.
User rating: 63/100 (116 votes)
Visited by: 368 users
 12  Tomioka
Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 11 users
Special Interest Guides
  Tokyo Hotel Guide
  Guide on where to stay in Tokyo.
  Tokyo Food Guide
  What to eat 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.
  Snow near Tokyo
  A list of places where to see snow near Tokyo.

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