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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.

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Central Tokyo

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Akihabara

District for electronic and otaku goods.

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5640 users
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Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.

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618 users
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Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.

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4877 users
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Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.

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2162 users
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Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.

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631 users
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Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.

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261 users
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Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.

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1828 users
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Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.

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292 users

Northern Tokyo

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Tokyo Skytree

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.

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901 users
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Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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5174 users
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Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.

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394 users
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Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.

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4410 users
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Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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184 users
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Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.

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1583 users
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Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.

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4074 users
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Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.

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964 users
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Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.

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289 users

Western Tokyo

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Shibuya

Popular district among younger generations.

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5936 users
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Shinjuku

District around Japan's busiest station.

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6109 users
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Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.

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3525 users
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Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.

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5302 users
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Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.

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2912 users
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Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.

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379 users
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Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.

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Visited by
190 users

Southern Tokyo

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Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.

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3470 users
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Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.

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1570 users
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Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.

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4138 users
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Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.

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958 users
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Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.

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579 users
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Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo

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3907 users
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Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.

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868 users
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Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.

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518
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1179 users
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Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.

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2149 users
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Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.

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143 users

Outlying Areas

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Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.

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1270 users
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Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.

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Visited by
621 users
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Makuhari Messe

Modern convention center just outside Tokyo.

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631 users

Events

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Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.

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158 users
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Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.

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43 users
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AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.

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Visited by
322 users
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Tokyo Game Show

Trade show of the computer gaming industry.

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Visited by
346 users
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Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.

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43 users

Side Trips from Tokyo

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Nikko

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.

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2566 users
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Kamakura

Small city full of historic treasures.

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3332 users
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Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.

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2633 users
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Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.

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3892 users
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Kusatsu Onsen

One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.

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170
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469 users
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Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.

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Visited by
218 users
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Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.

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Visited by
756 users
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Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.

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Visited by
277 users
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Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.

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15 users
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Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.

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Visited by
409 users
Last updated: December 31, 2014
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