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Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower

Tokyo (, 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 (998 votes)
Visited by: 1846 users
 2  Akihabara
District for electronic and otaku goods.
User rating: 85/100 (2950 votes)
Visited by: 5332 users
 3  Koishikawa Korakuen
Landscape garden next to Tokyo Dome.
User rating: 83/100 (227 votes)
Visited by: 469 users
 4  Imperial Palace
Main residence of the Imperial Family.
User rating: 82/100 (1407 votes)
Visited by: 2682 users
 5  Imperial East Gardens
Park on the former grounds of Edo Castle.
User rating: 82/100 (1194 votes)
Visited by: 2221 users
 6  Hama Rikyu
Landscape garden next to Shiodome.
User rating: 82/100 (301 votes)
Visited by: 595 users
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Western Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya)
 1  Shibuya
Popular district among younger generations.
User rating: 88/100 (3080 votes)
Visited by: 5625 users
 2  Shinjuku
District around Japan's busiest station.
User rating: 86/100 (3135 votes)
Visited by: 5798 users
 3  Meiji Shrine
Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.
User rating: 86/100 (1823 votes)
Visited by: 3347 users
 4  Harajuku
Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.
User rating: 86/100 (2755 votes)
Visited by: 5045 users
 5  Shinjuku Gyoen
Spacious city park in Shinjuku.
User rating: 84/100 (951 votes)
Visited by: 1935 users
 6  Yoyogi Park
Spacious city park in Shibuya.
User rating: 83/100 (1434 votes)
Visited by: 2756 users
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Northern Tokyo (Ueno, Asakusa, Ikebukuro)
 1  Tokyo Skytree
634 meter tall tower with observation decks.
User rating: 86/100 (354 votes)
Visited by: 730 users
 2  Asakusa
District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
User rating: 87/100 (2667 votes)
Visited by: 4893 users
 3  Sensoji Temple
Large temple in the Asakusa district.
User rating: 87/100 (1373 votes)
Visited by: 2549 users
 4  Edo-Tokyo Museum
Excellent museum about Tokyo's history.
User rating: 85/100 (239 votes)
Visited by: 496 users
 5  Rikugien
Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.
User rating: 84/100 (175 votes)
Visited by: 367 users
 6  Ueno Park
City park with multiple museums and a zoo.
User rating: 84/100 (2246 votes)
Visited by: 4175 users
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Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa, Minato)
 1  Odaiba
Futuristic architecture on a man made island.
User rating: 85/100 (1719 votes)
Visited by: 3286 users
 2  Institute for Nature
Quiet nature reserve in the middle of Tokyo.
User rating: 82/100 (68 votes)
Visited by: 153 users
 3  Roppongi Hills
Modern entertainment and shopping complex.
User rating: 74/100 (686 votes)
Visited by: 1429 users
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Outlying Areas of Tokyo
 1  Tokyo DisneySea
Popular theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
User rating: 91/100 (429 votes)
Visited by: 927 users
 2  Tokyo Disneyland
Popular theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
User rating: 88/100 (597 votes)
Visited by: 1270 users
 3  Ghibli Museum
Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.
User rating: 91/100 (639 votes)
Visited by: 1174 users
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Events
 1  Sanja Matsuri
Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.
User rating: 90/100 (57 votes)
Visited by: 144 users
 2  Tokyo Motor Show
Large biennial auto show.
User rating: 83/100 (167 votes)
Visited by: 372 users
 3  Kanda Matsuri
One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.
User rating: 82/100 (12 votes)
Visited by: 27 users
 4  AnimeJapan
Large trade show of the anime industry.
User rating: 89/100 (142 votes)
Visited by: 285 users
 5  Tokyo Game Show
Trade show of the computer gaming industry.
User rating: 86/100 (156 votes)
Visited by: 327 users
 6  Sanno Matsuri
One of Japan's three largest festivals.
User rating: 79/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 56 users
 7  Tokyo Marathon
Annual large scale city marathon.
User rating: 77/100 (45 votes)
Visited by: 123 users
 8  Ceatec Japan
Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.
User rating: 73/100 (15 votes)
Visited by: 41 users
 
Side Trips from Tokyo
 1  Nikko
Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.
User rating: 91/100 (1195 votes)
Visited by: 2428 users
 2  Kamakura
Small city full of historic treasures.
User rating: 91/100 (1537 votes)
Visited by: 3147 users
 3  Fuji Five Lakes
Lake resort at the foot of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 86/100 (786 votes)
Visited by: 1964 users
 4  Hakone
National park with views of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 86/100 (1149 votes)
Visited by: 2477 users
 5  Yokohama
Japan's second largest city.
User rating: 85/100 (1713 votes)
Visited by: 3690 users
 6  Kusatsu Onsen
One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.
User rating: 83/100 (160 votes)
Visited by: 437 users
 7  Izu Peninsula
Hot springs and natural scenery.
User rating: 81/100 (312 votes)
Visited by: 838 users
 8  Minakami
Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.
User rating: 75/100 (67 votes)
Visited by: 197 users
 9  Kawagoe
Former castle town known as the Little Edo.
User rating: 74/100 (286 votes)
Visited by: 715 users
 10  Ikaho Onsen
Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.
User rating: 71/100 (79 votes)
Visited by: 257 users
 11  Kawasaki
Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.
User rating: 64/100 (113 votes)
Visited by: 351 users
 12  Tomioka
Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 8 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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Hotels and Ryokan
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Tokyo Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Tokyo and surroundings.

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10.  Hakone   2477

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